Wales fall into the trap of Iran!

After a first act full of surprises, it’s time for the second day of the group stage of the 2022 World Cup. And it was Wales and Iran who opened the ball this Friday at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium . Two selections which had mixed fortunes for their debut on Monday. The Iranians largely lost 6-2 against England while the Welsh snatched a draw against the United States. The two nations were therefore to win this Friday before the clash of group B England-USA. To achieve this, Rob Page bet on a 3-5-2 with the attacking duo Bale-Moore. For his part, Carlos Queiroz 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 catching the frame. For its part, Iran pressed hard and also tried its luck without creating any danger with Azmoun (8th). Enterprising and very mobile, Taremi’s teammates manhandled the Dragons, who nevertheless came close to opening the scoring through Moore. Served in the area by Roberts, he took the ball from the right at close range but was stopped by Hosseini, solid on his line (11th). In the process, Iran opened the score. Following a bad raise from Roberts, Azmoun took advantage and combined several times with Gholizadeh, who scored. But the goal was canceled by the VAR for an offside (17th).

A valiant Iranian team hustled the Welsh

Boosted, Team Melli continued to push and project themselves quickly against Noorollahi (19th) and Rezaeian (22nd). Azmoun, he lacked sharpness. Opposite, the Welsh resisted and tried to react with Bale (volley, 29th), who was not to his advantage, Ramsey (free kick, 31st) and Moore (43rd). But they did not manage to really worry about the Iranian volunteers and helped by Hosseini, author of a good half-time. Despite a great chance from Azmoun, too short to cut off Ezatolahi’s cross, and an interesting free kick from Hajsafi following a big foul on Taremi by Rodon (yellow card), the two teams left each other on a goalless draw at the break (0-0). When they returned from the locker room, the Iranians left strong. Launched in depth, Azmoun resisted well and placed a powerful strike on the right post of Hennessey. Gholizadeh followed well and also sent the leather on the post (51st).

Inspired, Team Melli continued to manhandle the Welsh with Hajsafi (counter strike, 55th) or Taremi on the counter (64th). Jostled, Wales struggled to exist like Bale (67th), well muzzled by the Iranian defense. Quite the opposite of the Welsh rearguard, in the hard against Gholizadeh (72nd) then Ezatolahi whose shot forced Hennessey to divert for a corner with the end of the gloves (73rd). A little better at the end of the game, Wales was close to finding the net with a cross shot from the left of Davies, deflected by Hosseini (83rd). But the Dragons had to finish at ten, after the logical expulsion of Wayne Hennessey, who crashed into Taremi. First warned of a yellow card, he 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 was right to believe it. After Cheshmi opened the scoring, came into play with a long shot (1-0, 90th + 8), Rezaeian removed the nail (90th + 9, 2-0). A result that revives this group B before the last day. Iran will face the United States while Wales will have a hard time against England.

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