Wales falls into Iran’s trap!

After a first act full of surprises, it is time for the second day of the group stage of the 2022 World Cup. And it was Wales and Iran who opened the ball at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium on Friday. Two selections that had a mixed fate on Monday before their debut. The Iranians lost comfortably 6-2 to England while the Welsh took a draw against the United States. The two countries would therefore win this Friday for the England-USA group B clash. To achieve this, Rob Page bet on a 3-5-2 with the Bale-Moore offensive duo. Carlos Queiroz in turn opted for a 4-4-2 with Taremi and Azmoun in front. In the cages, Hossein Hosseini replaced Alireza Beiranvand, injured against the Three Lions.

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In a warm atmosphere, there was no observation round between the two teams, who set the pace and intensity from the start. From the second, Williams sent a shot from the right without hitting the frame. Iran, in turn, pressed hard and also tried its luck without creating any danger with Azmoun (8th). Enterprising and highly mobile, Taremi’s teammates handled the Dragons, who nevertheless came close to opening the scoring through Moore. Served in the area by Roberts, he took the ball from close range from the right, but was stopped by Hosseini, firmly on his line (11th). Immediately afterwards, Iran opened the score. After a bad raise from Roberts, Azmoun took advantage and combined several times with Gholizadeh, who scored. But the goal was ruled out by VAR for offside (17th).

A brave Iranian team pushed the Welsh

Reinvigorated, Team Melli continued to push and quickly project themselves against Noorollahi (19th) and Rezaeian (22nd). Azmoun, he lacked focus. On the other side, the Welsh resisted and tried to respond with Bale (volley, 29th), who was not in his favour, Ramsey (free kick, 31st) and Moore (43rd). But they failed to really worry Iranian volunteers and were helped by Hosseini, author of a good rest. Despite a nice chance from Azmoun, too short to cut Ezatolahi’s cross, and an interesting free kick from Hajsafi after a great foul by Rodon on Taremi (yellow card), the two teams left each other on a goalless draw at the end. rest (0 -0). When they came back from the locker room, the Iranians went strong. Launched deep, Azmoun put up a good fight and landed a powerful blow to Hennessey’s right post. Gholizadeh followed well and also sent the leather on the post (51st).

Inspired, Team Melli continued to batter the Welsh with Hajsafi (counter-attack, 55th) or Taremi on the counter (64th). Displaced, Wales struggled to survive like Bale (67th), well muzzled by the Iranian defence. The exact opposite of Wales’ rear, in the hard against Gholizadeh (72nd) and then Ezatolahi whose shot forced Hennessey to avoid a corner from the end of the gloves (73rd). Slightly better late in the game, Wales came close to finding the net with a cross from the left from Davies, deflected by Hosseini (83rd). But the Dragons had to finish at ten, after the logical exclusion of Wayne Hennessey, who crashed into Taremi. He was first warned for a yellow card, then received a red card and was sent off in the 85th minute. He was replaced by Danny Ward. Iran then tried to the end and rightly believed it. After Cheshmi opened the scoring, coming into play with a long shot (1-0, 90th + 8), Rezaeian drove home the point (90th + 9, 2-0). A result that revitalizes this group B for the last day. Iran will face the United States, while Wales will struggle against England.

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