Well, The match brought three points for Iran, who won their third match at the FIFA World Cup in six appearances. With Team Melli choosing to sing their national anthem after abstaining from England, the crowd was cornered and that led to an early commotion, including Ali Gholizadeh's disallowed goal.
Wayne Hennessey gets sent off during Wales vs Iran game
Iran finished the first half brilliantly and maintained that dominant goal early in the second half, when Azmoun crashed into the post at halftime and Gholizadeh scored nine seconds remaining. Wales became even less of a threat when Hennessey received his marching order in the 86th minute after running out of goal and kneeing Mehdi Taremi in the face.
That laxity combined with Gholizadeh and Sardar Azmoun hitting the post just after the break showed that fortune was on Wales’ side. But Hennessey’s red card for a savage tackle turned the game around and Iran mercilessly and noticeably eliminated the Dragons.
A spirited start saw Connor Roberts almost inspire Kieffer Moore to open the scoring for Wales with a brilliant cross, before seeing his poor pass cause Gholizadeh to complete a complex migration phase. Fortunately for Roberts, the goal was disallowed for offside and the game quickly turned questionable.
Iran took full advantage as Cheshmi’s powerful 20-meter strike into the bottom right corner finally gave them a well-deserved breakthrough and Wales ended the break. Taremi dashed forward and coldly chose to run from Rezaeian, whose delicate finish against Danny Ward ended Wales’ hopes of a goal.
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