FIFA World Cup 2022 Wales vs Iran Report: Till the 97th minute of the match, both the teams were tied at 0-0 but the whole story changed in the last 3 minutes.
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FIFA World Cup 2022: The match, which was going on 0-0 for about 97 minutes, took such a turn in its last two minutes that thousands of Iranian fans sitting in the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium and all the Iranian players and support staff present in the ground could not control their emotions. In the second round match of Group B, Iran opened their account in the tournament by defeating Wales 2-0 playing with 10 players in a dramatic way.
In the first match of the day on Friday, November 25, there was a competition between teams of almost equal ability. Although Iran’s upper hand was considered to be heavy, but Wales also had good chances. However, both the teams could not capitalize on these opportunities. The first half ended 0-0 due to the failure to convert the chances created in front of the goal.
However, the story continued in the same way in the second half as well and in such a situation the fans of both the teams started looking restless. The Iranian team, however, looked even more dangerous in this half, finding themselves at times through the Wales defence. The constant pressure from these attacks forced the Wales goalkeeper to make a mistake in the 86th minute that turned the match.
Goalkeeper’s mistake changed the match
A long ball from Iran’s half came towards the Wales goal, which Mehdi Taremi ran to control. Seeing his defense not pass, Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey took a risk leaving his box and rushed to clear the ball. He failed in this but his knee hit Taremi’s chest and jaw. Taremi fell on the ground, and the referee showed the yellow card.
But the Iranian players protested and then watched the replays themselves on the suggestion of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and then canceled the yellow card and gave the goalkeeper a red card.
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two goals in the last 3 minutes
This changed the situation for Wales as they not only lost their main goalkeeper, but also lost a player and had to play the last 15 minutes with only 10 players. This was the last 15 minutes, where he himself could not score a goal, but Iran definitely took advantage of his weakness.
In the 8th minute of added 9 minutes of injury time after 90 minutes, Iran Rouzbeh Cheshmi scored a stunning shot from about 25-30 meters outside the box, which went past the Wales defense and the goalkeeper to the left of the post .
This goal had decided the victory of Iran to a great extent. Wells’s shoulders were bent and two minutes later, when he got his chance, he could not capitalize on it, but Iran snatched the ball from him and attacked Wells’ goal in a spirited manner and Ramin Rejian scored the second goal to give the team a memorable victory.