Al RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Rouzbeh Cheshmi scored within the eighth minute of second-half stoppage time to interrupt a scoreless stalemate and Iran went on to defeat Wales 2-0 on the World Cup on Friday.
Cheshmi’s strike from exterior the field was simply past the diving attain of Wales backup goalkeeper Danny Ward, who was pressed into responsibility when starter Wayne Hennessey was despatched off within the 86th minute.
Ramin Rezaeian added a second aim moments later and Iran wildly celebrated whereas a few of the Welsh gamers dropped in disbelief to the sphere.
Hennessy was ejected within the 86th minute for a excessive problem on Mehdi Taremi.
Gareth Bale made his a hundred and tenth look for Wales, probably the most all-time for the nationwide group, however the Welsh appeared sluggish early after a 1-1 draw with the USA of their Group B opener.
Iran, which fell 6-2 to England in its opener to fall to final place within the group, fared higher in opposition to Wales.
However exterior Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, the ongoing protests in Iran spilled over to the World Cup with pro-government followers harassing anti-government nationwide group supporters.
Wales was making simply its second total look on the World Cup and first since 1958.
Bale, who performed for Main League Soccer’s LAFC this previous season, remained caught on 41 targets for the nationwide group, regardless of surpassing teammate Chris Gunter (109) for many all-time appearances.
Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand was dominated out of the sport after he sustained a concussion within the opener. Hossein Hosseini began in his place.
Iran, which certified for the final two World Cups, has by no means superior to the knockout spherical.
The Iranian group has been peppered since its arrival in Qatar with questions on unrest again house. The gamers, who didn’t sing the nation’s nationwide anthem of their opener in an obvious present of solidarity with protestors, linked arms and sang on Friday.
The 2 groups had by no means performed one another at a World Cup. Wales gained their solely pleasant match 1-0 in 1978.
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