The day at the World Cup – November 25th

Wales-Iran 0-2

big party forIranwho won 2-0 over Wales, the first challenge of the second day of Group B of the World Cup in Qatar. A well-deserved success for Queiroz’s men, gained however in the full recovery of the second half. The first big chance is for the British. In the 12th minute Roberts crossed well from the right, Moore intervened in a split but Hosseini countered by diving. In the quarter of an hour, Iran took the lead with Gholizadeh but the referee canceled for offside after the signal from the Var.

The recovery opens with a sensational triple chance created by the Iranian formation. In the 6th minute, Azmoun was launched into the net by an excellent verticalisation but hit the post with his right foot. As the action develops, Gholizadeh moves the ball to his left foot and hits another wood from the edge with Azmoun who, on the rebound, then gets a close gore parried by Hennessey. The goalkeeper had to put his hands together again in the 27th minute, when he saved a direct shot into the corner attempted by Ezatolahi by diving.

Soon after Wayne Hennessey avalanches out of the area on Taremi. The referee assigns the yellow card but after the review at the Var he rightly expels the Welsh goalkeeper. The final siege of the “Persians” is rewarded in the eighth minute of added time. The British defense rejects the newcomer Roozbeh Cheshmi he collects the ball from the edge and with a surgical right pushes Ward into the corner to his left. The joy explodes for Taremi and his companions, who three minutes later find the definitive double on the counterattack with Ramin Rezaeianwho beat Ward with a close touch, after the Welshmen had all poured forward.


WALES (3-5-2) – Hennessey; Mepham, Rodon, B. Davies; Roberts (12’st Johnson), Ramsey, Ampadu (33’st Allen), Wilson (13’st James), Williams; Bale; Moore. Coach: Robert Page. Subs: Gunter, N. Williams, Ward, Morrell, Lockyer, J. Williams, Harris, A.Davies, Thomas, Levitt, Cabango, Colwill, Smith. CT: Robert Page.

IRAN (4-4-2) – Hosseini H.; Rezaeian, Pouraliganji, Hosseini M., Mohammadi; Gholizadeh (32’st Jahanbahksh), Noorollahi, Ezatolahi (37’st Karimi), Haji Safi (32’st Torabi); Azmoun (23’st Ansarifard), Taremi. Subs: Niazmand, Abedzadeh, Moharrami, Khalilzadeh, Amiri, Kanaani, Ghoddos, Cheshmi, Torabi, Jalali. CT: Carlos Queiroz.

Goalscorers: Cheshmi (I) 45’+8, Rezaeien (I) 45’+11

Ammonites: Rodon (G), Rezaeien (I), Jahanbahksh (I)

Expelled: Hennessey (G)

Referee: Mario Escobar (Guatemala)

Qatar 0-0 Senegal (live)

QATAR (5-3-2): Barsham; Pedro Miguel, Mohammed, Khoukhi, Hassan, Ahmed; Al Haydos, Boudiaf, Madibo; Almoez Ali, Afif. Subs: Hassan, Al Sheeb, Salman, al Hajri, Abdulsallam, Kheder, Mashaal, Assadalla, Al Hadhrami, Al Bayati, Hatem, Alaaldin, Muntari, Muneer. CT: Felix Sanchez.

SENEGAL (4-2-3-1): E. Mendy; Sabaly, Koulibaly, Jakobs, Diallo; I.Gueye, N.Mendy, Diatta, Diédhiou, I.Sarr; Dia. Subs: Dieng, Gomis F.Mendy, N’Diaye, Cissé, Ciss, Name, Loum, P.Gueye, PMSarr, Bamba Dieng, Ndiaye, Jackson. CT: Aliou Cisse.



Referee: Mateu Lahoz (Spain)

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