Iran punishes Wales in stoppage time
Iran ignored the distractions that have overshadowed the team since they landed in Qatar their World Cup campaign is underway how they gathered beat sloppy Wales 2-0 on Friday, give yourself Chance of reaching the KO round.
Iran were beaten 6-2 England in Group B’s opener, but those two goals against the leaders gave them confidence that they could compete with European sides as they arrived at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium with a point to prove. At five previous World Cups, the Asian team never advanced beyond the group stage But Carlos Queiroz’s players will now be counting their chances after an impressive performance as they punished a Welsh side reduced to 10 men late in the second half.
Leading Strikers Sardar Azmun and Mehdi Taremi both ply their trade in Europe and Queiroz, who opted for just one striker against England, brought them up front to keep the Welsh defense on their toes throughout the game. Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand missed the game against England and his replacement after suffering a concussion and a broken nose Seyed Hossein Hosseini was up to the task Wales despite sending six goals in the opening.
A caged starting saw Iran takes advantage of gaps in Welsh midfield that had an advantage in numbers, but lacked discipline and was easily overrun when both were the case Aaron Ramsay and Ethan Ampadu poured forward. Iran fired their first warning shot when they had the ball in the net against the flow of play in the first half as they pounced on a weak pass just to try ruled out for offside.
After a scoreless first half, barely minutes into the second half, Iran came alive Azmoun and Ali Gholizadeh hit the woodwork within seconds, while Saeid Ezatolahi also had a try saved. That sowed panic on the Welsh side, visibly tiring in the heat, and it came to a head Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey stormed out of his box and took out Taremi with a high knee, when he received a red card for his troubles. The sending off opened the game for Iran who rushed forward with renewed vigour, and after nine minutes of stoppage time defeated Wales with the ground under their feet a deadly double whammy leaving the Welsh fans in tears in the stands.
Roozbeh Cheshmi opened the scoring with a great long-range shot that had the back-up goalkeeper Danny Ward crawl before Ramin Rezaeian doubled the lead with a clean chip in another counter-attack that saw them outnumbered by their Welsh counterparts.