Corrected when entering the competition, Iran reacted perfectly by dominating Wales during the second day of the group stage. Enough to maintain his chances of qualifying for the round of 16.
The slap received against England on the first day has been digested. Beaten 6-2 by the Three Lions, Iran showed a completely different face against Wales on Friday. Team Melli nevertheless had to be patient. Because after seeing a first goal disallowed in the first half for offside, then finding the posts twice, Carlos Queiroz’s men finally found the fault in added time.
The game’s first turning point came in the 86th minute when goalkeeper Wayne Hennessy was sent off for a kamikaze outing. A red card, the first of this World Cup, logical since if he was not in the position of last defender, the Welsh goalkeeper, by missing his release, sent his knee in the face of Mehdi Taremi. The referee nevertheless waited to watch the VAR images to show the red card.
A final against the United States?
At eleven against ten, Iran multiplied their offensives and the reward came with a heavy strike from Roozbeh Cheshmi, who entered the game late in the game. A powerful shot fired from the entrance to the surface which lodged in the small net of Danny Ward. Euphoric, the Iranians even doubled the bet two minutes later as Wales threw their last forces into battle. This time it was right-back Ramin Rezaeian who capsized the Iranian supporters with a nice stung ball at the end of an express counter.
Thanks to this victory, Iran has completely relaunched itself in the race to qualify for the round of 16. The last match against the United States will be decisive. A victory, as in 1998, would mean qualification, but a draw could also suffice if England beat Team USA tonight.