After two posts hit by Azmoun and Gholizadeh, the two goals in expired time give Queiroz the win
The second day of the 2022 World Cup opens with the 2-0 victory ofIran on Wales. At Al Rayyan, after two posts hit by Azmoun and Gholizadeh within a few seconds and the expulsion of the goalkeeper Hennessey, Queiroz’s team celebrates in the final. At 98′, Cheshmi finds the bottom corner with a precise right from the edge, while in the 101st minute Rezaeian scores on the counterattack on an assist from Taremi: Queiroz’s team rises to 3 points.
Crazy final at Al Rayyan: after an assaulting restart, two hit woodwork and the first red of Qatar 2022, theIran beat 2-0 the Wales and remains fully in the running for the round of 16. The first half was devoid of emotion: the only real highlight was Gholizadeh’s goal disallowed for offside following an assist from Azmoun in the 16th minute. The second half was much more intense: within 20 seconds, Queiroz’s team hit two posts, first with Azmoun then Gholizadeh, with Hennessey who finds Azmoun’s header in his hands. Halfway through the second half, however, the goalkeeper had to perform a true miracle to clear Ezatolahi’s low shot from the net.
In the 86th minute, however, the Wales goalkeeper intervenes late and with his leg high on Taremi, ready to take the ball forward and score from the edge: after the Var, the referee Escobar draws the first red card of Qatar 2022, with Page forced to insert Ward in place of ex Juve Ramsey. With numerical superiority, Torabi skims the crossroads with his right from the edge. Precisely in the final, Iran reaped what was sown: in the 98th minute, Cheshmi, who came on in the 77th minute for Noorollahi, found the bottom corner with a precise right from the edge. Three minutes later, the game ends with a counterattack perfected by Taremi and finalized by Rezaian, who signs the final 2-0. With this success, Queiroz’s team remains fully in the running for the round of 16 with 3 points. Page’s men, on the other hand, are at 1 and a foot and a half outside the World Cup.
Wales (3-4-3): Hennessey 5; Mepham 6, Rodon 5.5, Davies 6; Roberts 5.5 (12′ st Johnson 6), Ampadu 6 (32′ st Allen 6), Ramsey 5.5 (42′ st Ward sv), N. Williams 6; Bale 5.5, Moore 6, Wilson 5.5 (13′ St James 5.5). Ext.: Davies, Gunter, Morrell, Lockyer, Williams J., Harris, Thomas, Levitt, Cabango, Colwill, Smith. All.: Page 5
Iran (4-4-2): Hosseini H. 6; Rezaeian 7, Pouraliganji 6.5, Hosseini M. 6, Mohammadi 6; Gholizadeh 6.5 (32′ st Jahanbakhsh 6), Noorollahi 6 (32′ st Cheshmi 7), Ezatolahi 6.5 (38′ st Karimi sv), Hajsafi 6 (32′ st Torabi 6.5); Azmoun 6.5 (23′ st Ansarifard 6), Taremi 6.5. Extras: Niazmand, Abedzadeh, Moharrami, Khalilzadeh, Amiri, Kanaani, Ghoddos, Jalali. Herds: Queiroz 7
Referee: Escobar (GTM)
Scorers: 53′ st Cheshmi, 56′ st Rezaeian
Ammonites: Rodon (G), Rezaeian (I), Jahanbakhsh (I)
Expelled: Hennessey (G) at 41st St