Stoppage-time strikes seal famous Iran win

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Iran v Wales – Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022
Iran v Wales – Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022

Late, late Rouzbeh Chesmi and Ramin Rezaeian goals secured Iran’s first-ever FIFA World Cup victory against European opposition.

Wales 0-2 IR Iran | Group B

Match review

IR Iran received a dramatic late boost to their Qatar 2022 hopes after goals from Rouzbeh Chesmi and Ramin Rezaeian, in the 98th and 101st minute respectively, secured a historic 2-0 victory over ten-man Wales.

Carlos Queiroz’s side were deserving winners, having dominated large chunks of the match and created comfortably the better of the chances even before the Welsh lost their goalkeeper to an 86th-minute red card.

Wayne Hennessey was punished following a VAR review for charging from his goal and wiping out Mehdi Taremi as Iran’s star striker charged in on goal.

He had earlier been Wales’ hero, producing a couple of outstanding saves as Iran piled on the pressure. The woodwork also came to the rescue of Rob Page’s side on more than one occasion.

Any thoughts that the fates were conspiring against the Iranians were dispelled eight minutes into stoppage time, however, when Chesmi snatched on a poor Joe Allen clearance to lash a superb low shot beyond substitute goalkeeper Danny Ward from just outside the box.

Rezaeian, outstanding throughout, then raced through a tiring Welsh defence to dink home a delicious second three minutes later to put the seal on a momentous triumph for Queiroz and his team.

 

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Key moment: Chesmi’s late breakthrough

Having attempted all manner of ways to unlock their opponents’ defence, Iran’s crucial opening goal was ultimately created by a Welsh mistake.

But even after Allen cleared a cross directly to Chesmi’s feet, the substitute still had plenty to do. He did it all with aplomb, showing admirable composure to take a secure first touch before drilling an inch-perfect shot low and hard into the bottom-right corner.

Key stat

At the tenth time of asking, Iran have finally beaten European opposition at the World Cup. Team Melli had drawn two and lost seven of their previous nine meetings with teams from the Old Continent.

Player of the Match

  • Rouzbeh Chesmi