The Iranian national team won the first victory at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, beating Wales in the second round match – 2:0.
Recall that the Welsh beat the Ukrainian national team in the final of the playoff selection, and therefore, willy-nilly, you try on how the “blue-and-yellows” would look at the Mundial. I want to believe that it is no worse than Wales. If only because it’s just worse, probably nowhere.
The Dragons drew with the US team and, given the calendar and the match with the British in the last round, they should have played with Iran to win. Instead, the British showed an absolutely toothless game in attack, only in the debut of the match creating one or two chances at the opponent’s goal.
Iran, by contrast, was determined. Even before the break, the ball was in the gates of the Wales national team, but the referees recorded a quite obvious offside in Golizade. The Asian team was more aimed at the opponent’s goal after the break. And they were given additional impetus by the removal of Wales goalkeeper Hennessy, who fouled roughly outside the penalty area in the 86th minute.
It would seem that Iran did not have much time to realize its numerical advantage. However, the referee added nine minutes, and at the end of injury time, Carlos Queiroz’s wards scored not even once, but twice, thanks to which they pulled out a well-deserved victory.
World Cup 2022
Wales – Iran 0:2 (0:0)
goals: Cheshmi, 98 (0:1); Rezayan, 101 (0:2)
Wales: Hennessy (up to 86); Davis B.; Williams N.; Rodon; Roberts C. (Johnson Bn, 57); Mepham; Ampadu (Allen, 77); Ramsey (Ward D., 88); Wilson H. (James D., 58); Bale; Moore Key.
Spare: Davis A.; Lockyer; Kabango; Gunther; Williams Jr; Smith M-w; Morrell; Levitt; Colville; Thomas S.; Harris M.
Warnings: Rodon 45
Removal: Hennessy 86′
Iran: Hosseini Ho.; Mohammadi; Rezayan; Hosseini Ma.; Puraliganji; Ezzatollahi (Karimi, 83); Hajsafi (Torabi, 76); Nurollahi (Cheshmi, 78); Golizade (Jahanbaksh, 77); Taremi; Azmoun (Ansarifard, 68)
Spare: Niazmand; Abedzade; Jalali; Kanaani; Moharrami; Khalizade; Amiri; Goddos
Warnings: Rezayan 95; Jahanbaksh 95