DOHA: Iran stunned Gareth Bale’s 10-man Wales with back-to-back goals in additional time to launch a comeback at the FIFA World Cup following a 6-2 loss to England.
At Al-Rayyan Stadium, Rouzbeh Cheshmi scored a spectacular goal from beyond the box eight minutes into stoppage time, and Ramin Razaeian added a second goal three minutes later to seal a dramatic 2-0 victory.
With the well-known victory, Iran earned their first three points in Group B and maintained their chances of moving on to the knockout round.
After a VAR review, Gholizadeh’s goal in the 16th minute of the first half was ruled to be offside and so disallowed for Iran.
In the 52nd minute, Iran hit the post twice, once with a kick from Azmoun and once from Gholizadeh from the opposite side.
However, Wales’ defense became weaker after goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was sent off in the 86th minute for colliding with Mehdi Taremi outside the penalty area.
Hennessey was the first player to be dismissed from this competition, but overall, he is the third goalkeeper to be dismissed from a World Cup match.