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World Cup 2022: Iran defeats Wales

Wales team suffered a world Cup heartbreak as two goals deep in second-half stoppage time sealed a 2-nil victory for Iran to leave their knockout hopes hanging by a thread.

Roozbeh Cheshmi’s stunning goal in the eighth minute of added time broke Wales’ resistance after goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey had been shown a straight red card for racing off his line and fouling Mehdi Taremi in the 84th minute.

Wales were seeking a victory in order to boost their hopes of reaching the knockout stages having come from behind to draw 1-1 with USA in their opening game, but they struggled to break Iran down.

The result means Rob Page’s side will need to beat England in their final Group B game to have any hope of reaching the last 16, while Iran, much-improved from their 6-2 loss to Gareth Southgate’s side, have renewed their hope of achieving the feat for the first time.

Editing by Tersoo Nicholas