2022 World Cup
Iran defeats Wales with 10 men to keep its 2022 World Cup qualifying chances alive. Iran maintained its chances of qualifying for the World Cup knockout rounds with a spectacular 2-0 victory against Wales. Rouzbeh Cheshmi scored from long range in the 98th minute, and Ramin Rezaeian completed the victory in the 101st minute, giving Iran its first points of the tournament.
2022 World Cup both goals occurred after Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was sent off in the second half for a harsh tackle beyond his area, becoming the tournament’s first red card recipient.
Iran generated more opportunities and was a deserving winner in a tense contest in which both sides needed victory to improve their hopes of moving from Group B.
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Iran’s players perform the national anthem
Iran’s players participated in singing the national anthem prior of Friday’s encounter, but booing could be heard inside 2022 World Cup Qatar’s Ahmed bin Ali Stadium. The Iranian players remained quiet during the national anthems before their first match against England on Monday, in what was largely regarded as a display of sympathy with those protesting at home.
Iran is competing in the World Cup in the midst of domestic strife, with the game taking place just a day after the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk, declared that the country is in a “full-fledged human rights crisis” as authorities crack down on anti-regime dissidents.
Protests and violence, seen by analysts as the most serious since the inception of clerical rule during the 1979 Iranian Revolution, have rocked Iran in recent months, threatening the very essence of the country’s system, which has been in power for more than 40 years.
It was spurred by the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died after being imprisoned by Iran’s morality police for allegedly failing to follow the country’s strict clothing code. Iranian security forces have retaliated violently.
There are several opportunities
Iran fared significantly better in their second round after a 6-2 loss against England. After a tense first 45 minutes on a scorching day in Al Rayyan, the score remained goalless at the half. Kieffer Moore of Wales had the finest opportunity of the half, heading wide when clear on goal.
Though Ali Gholizadeh believed he had put Iran ahead, the goal was called out for offside by the video assistance referee (VAR). Iran’s Sardar Azmoun struck the post twice early in the second half as Iran set the pace and Wales rode its luck, and it appeared as if both sides would share a point until Cheshmi opened the score, sending Iranian supporters into ecstasy and muting the Welsh contingent.
In other news, World Cup host Qatar has exited the competition following a 3-1 defeat to Senegal. The Maroons were the first 2022 World Cup host country to be eliminated after just two games. Qatari supporters would be dissatisfied with a lackluster performance by a squad that has been in development for 12 years and entered the competition as Asian champions.
Qatar had improved significantly since its opening-day defeat to Ecuador, but it was overwhelmed by a Senegal squad that had finally arrived at the World Cup. Senegal’s win was the first for an African team at 2022 World Cup. Qatar’s fate was decided by an enthralling 1-1 tie between the Netherlands and Ecuador.
The Dutch jumped off to an early lead, scoring the tournament’s earliest goal on new sensation Cody Gakpo’s spectacular shot. The youthful Ecuador squad pushed its way back into the game, gaining a merited equalizer early in the second half via talisman Enner Valencia, but the Oranje were unable to dominate the game.
The Maroons were the first 2022 World Cup host country to be eliminated after just two games.