Participant scores as late objectives down 10-man Dragons

Player ratings as late goals down 10-man Dragons

Iran snatched a dramatic victory towards ten-man Wales with a pair of stoppage-time objectives on Friday morning.

Forward of Wales’ second group recreation, Gareth Bale twice reiterated the road: “Soccer video games aren’t really easy,” How proper he was.

Underneath the sweltering lunchtime warmth, Wales spent the overwhelming majority of a stodgy slog on the again foot lengthy earlier than goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was dismissed within the 87th minute. Iran struck the woodwork twice and have been denied by Welsh flesh many extra instances earlier than Roozbeh Cheshmi and Ramin Rezaeian sealed Iran’s first World Cup win towards European opposition.

Iran have been denied an early lead following a flurry of errors befitting the scratchy, scrappy nature of the primary half.

Connor Roberts fired a blind cross throughout the pitch into the trail of Alireza Gholizedah. Exchanging a zig-zagged one-two with Sardar Azmoun into the penalty field, Gholizedah needlessly strayed offside earlier than ending off a transfer VAR swiftly dominated out.

Moments earlier, Kieffer Moore frolicked one in all his lengthy legs, stabbing a volley into Hossein Hosseini’s chest earlier than a stray boot from his namesake, Majid, caught the towering Welsh striker within the face.

After the mauling suffered by England within the opening recreation, Iran as soon as once more resembled the gritty, stubborn foe cast below Carlos Queiroz’s iron will. Throughout his first spell in cost, Iran saved ten clear sheets in 16 video games at main competitions below Queiroz.

The return of the so-called ‘Iranian Messi’ actually helped Workforce Melli’s plight. Inside ten minutes of the restart, Azmoun burst behind the Welsh backline, clattering a agency effort towards Hennessey’s left-hand put up. Gholizedah collected the free ball, bending a left-footed effort off the opposite upright earlier than Azmoun stooped to tamely nod the rebound right into a grateful Hennessey, who was susceptible on the turf.

Earlier than the match, Wales supervisor Rob Web page described the assembly with Iran as a “winnable” match. After drawing with the US of their opener earlier this week, it was a “have to win” contest.

With that urgency in thoughts, Web page shifted his aspect right into a again 4 for the ultimate half-hour – though that served to show Wales on the counter. Alongside a flood of crimson shirts hauling themselves in the best way of Iran’s mounting tally of photographs, Hennessey tipped away Saeid Ezatolahi’s low effort scuttling in the direction of the underside nook.

The Welsh primary made the swift fall from hero to villain within the dying embers, dropping a foot race with Mehdi Taremi to a ball excessive earlier than flattening the Porto ahead with a kick to the chest. By some means it took a VAR evaluate for the referee to award the primary crimson card of the match.

Sinking deeper and deeper, Cheshmi collected a half-hearted clearance on the sting of the field with house and time to drill a crisp strike into the underside nook within the 98th minute.

With crimson shirts strewn throughout the pitch in a determined bid for an equaliser, the indefatigable Rezaeian discovered himself on the sharp finish of a counter-attack, coolly clipping the ball over Hennessey’s substitute, Danny Ward, because the clock ticked to 101.

Wales' Kieffer Moore (left) challenging Iran's Majid Hosseini for a high ball

Wales’ Kieffer Moore (left) difficult Iran’s Majid Hosseini for a excessive ball / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages

GK: Wayne Hennessey – 3/10 – A second of misjudged insanity undid his good work.

CB: Chris Mepham – 6/10 – Additionally gave the impression to be in a rush to make a cross or narrowly nick a sort out however got here out on high as a rule.

CB: Joe Rodon – 5/10 – Caught charging out the backline with extra aggression than accuracy.

CB: Ben Davies – 6/10 – Probably the most keen member of the Welsh back-three to push into midfield.

RWB: Connor Roberts – 4/10 – An enormous fan of VAR after the distant officers spared his blushes following a weird cross-field cross try.

CM: Aaron Ramsey – 2/10 – Unfazed by continually giving the ball away as he regularly tried to drag off flicks and passes of the very best problem.

CM: Ethan Ampadu – 5/10 – Confirmed extra calmness than most amid the midfield mayhem however did not provide a lot safety off the ball.

CM: Harry Wilson – 5/10 – Skirted across the edges of the competition.

LWB: Neco Williams – 6/10 – Bounding up and down the left flank, bouncing off the turf as he launched his slight body into each sort out.

ST: Gareth Bale – 4/10 – Spluttered on the fringes of the match.

ST: Kieffer Moore – 7/10 – A cultured battering ram, adept at not solely bringing the ball out of the lunchtime Qatari solar however invariably selecting out a teammate.


SUB: Brennan Johnson (58′ for Wilson) – 5/10 – Did not make the specified influence from the bench.

SUB: Dan James (58′ for Roberts) – 5/10 – Huffed and puffed with little high quality.

SUB: Joe Allen (78′ for Ampadu) – N/A

SUB: Danny Ward (87′ for Ramsey) – N/A

Supervisor: Rob Web page – 4/10 – After an excellent first half Wales have been far inferior following the restart. Web page’s determined swap to a 4-3-3 hampered greater than helped.

Sardar Azmoun made his first start of the tournament for Iran

Sardar Azmoun made his first begin of the match for Iran / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

GK: Hossein Hosseini – 7/10 – In the fitting place at simply the fitting time to dam Moore’s close-range effort within the first half and deny Davies within the closing levels. Commanding within the air as nicely.

RB: Ramin Rezaeian – 8/10 – A dynamic presence ploughing up and down the touchline proper till the ultimate whistle.

CB: Majid Hosseini – 7/10 – Forceful in each motion he firmly dedicated to.

CB: Morteza Pouraliganji – 7/10 – Manouevered himself between a crimson shirt and the ball on quite a few events. Completely fascinated about what he did as soon as possession was gained again.

LB: Milad Mohammadi – 7/10 – Muzzled Roberts’ raids down the fitting.

RM: Ali Gholizadeh – 6/10 – Overeagerness bought the higher of him on a uncommon entry into the Welsh penalty space. Unlucky to see his curling effort clatter the woodwork.

CM: Ahmad Nourollahi – 6/10 – Stable in a gentle midfield show.

CM: Saeid Ezatolahi – 6/10 – Sweeping up in entrance of his backline, Ezatolahi’s first thought defending Iran’s rearguard.

LM: Ehsan Haji Safi – 7/10 – Iran’s captain helped shore up Iran’s inflexible and remorseless left flank.

ST: Sardar Azmoun – 7/10 – The creator of some silky thrives when he might maintain off a transparent calf damage.

ST: Mehdi Taremi – 5/10 – Diligently tracked again onto the left aspect of midfield when Iran shuffled into a strong form off the ball.


SUB: Karim Ansarifard (68′ for Azmoun) – 5/10

SUB: Alireza Jahanbakhsh (77′ for Gholizadeh) – N/A

SUB: Mehdi Torabi (77′ for Safi) – N/A

SUB: Roozbeh Cheshmi (78′ for Nourollahi) – N/A

Supervisor: Carlos Queiroz – 7/10 – Set his aspect as much as frustrate earlier than springing ahead on the break, mere millimetres denied his aspect on a couple of event.

Participant of the Match – Ramin Rezaeian (Iran)

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