World Cup 2022: Iran beats Wales, Qatar loses to Senegal

World Cup 2022: Iran beats Wales, Qatar loses to Senegal
World Cup 2022: Iran beats Wales, Qatar loses to Senegal

World Cup 2022: Iran beats Wales, Qatar loses to Senegal

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Iran picked up three valuable points that put them second in the group behind England

The Iran national team secured a 2-0 win over Wales in the opening matches of the second round of the group stage of the 2022 World Cup.

The result gives Iran three valuable points and, ahead of England’s game against the United States, temporarily sits second in the group behind England on goal difference, while Wales’ tally ended at one point.

In the first group, Qatar lost to Senegal by three goals to one and are close to officially exiting the World Cup finals being held on their soil.

Iran and Wales

The Iran national team completely dominated the game, especially in the second half, missing several realized chances, the most dangerous of which was in the 51st minute when Azmoun hit a powerball that ricocheted off the left post and the ball reached Gholizadeh, who hit a powerful ball, hit the right post.

Welsh goalkeeper Hennes Wayne received a red card in the 86th minute after a fierce tackle against Iranian striker Tarmi.

After many attempts, Iran scored their first and fatal goal with a powerful shot from substitute defender Rouzbeh Jashmi in the eighth minute of added time.

Iran wasn’t satisfied with a goal, but in the eleventh minute they started a second quick counterattack after calculated time instead of lost time and scored the second goal through Ramin Rezaian.

Iran lost the first game to England by six goals to two, making it their biggest loss in World Cup history, while Wales drew against the United States of America by one goal for each team.

Iran’s starting XI against Wales was without goalkeeper Alireza Beranvand, who suffered a concussion in Iran’s game against England.

The International Football Association (FIFA) reportedly stressed that protocol would see Perranwand banned from the game in Wales should a player suffer a concussion.

Queiroz renewed confidence in goalkeeper Seyed Hosseini, who conceded six goals against England, while keeping Alireza Beranwand on the bench.

Queiroz made five changes to the squad that played against England, most notably the addition of Bayer Leverkusen striker Sardar Azmoun at the expense of Feyenoord Rotterdam’s Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

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An Iranian fan holds a T-shirt with the name Mahsa Amini on before Iran’s game against Wales

The Iran internationals refrained from singing the national anthem ahead of their game against England last Monday to show their solidarity with the anti-government protesters.

The players were silent and appeared serious as the anthem was played before the game, which was played at the Khalifa International Stadium.

Thousands of Iranian fans cheered in the stands as the music blared. Some held banners that read, “Woman…Life…Liberty.”

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said his players are free to protest.

The demonstrations, which have been going on for more than two months and were triggered by the death of the young woman Mahsa Amini in the custody of the vice squad, have been considered one of the greatest challenges for the Iranian regime since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Qatar and Senegal

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Qatar is close to being eliminated from the tournament

The Qatar national team lost 3-1 to their Senegalese counterparts in the second round group stage matches of the 2022 World Cup at Al Thumama Stadium.

The Senegalese team advanced with a goal in the 42nd minute after a wrong ball from the Qatar defense reached Boulay Dia, who put it powerfully into the net to the left of Qatar goalkeeper Mishaal Barshim.

Senegal doubled the score with a second goal in the 49th minute from an Ismail Jacobs corner kick, and Famara Didihu scored with a wonderful header that went wide of the Qatar keeper’s hand.

The Qatar team were remarkably active but lacked the accuracy to end attacks and Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy shone, saving more than one opportunity for Qatar.

The next opportunity to hit the Senegalese net came in the 71st minute when the ball hit Mendy’s left post.

The Qatari team reduced the deficit in the 79th minute with a cross from the right, which Muntari met with a powerful header that found the right of Mendy.

As Qatar pushed for an equaliser, Ahmedou Bambading scored Senegal’s third goal in the 84th minute and the game ended in a 3-1 win for the Teranga Lions.

With this result, the Senegalese national team revived their hopes of qualifying for the final round of prizes after three valuable points.

The Qatari team remained without points, bottom of the table and close to an early exit. The Netherlands and Ecuador meet in the same group today and if the game ends in a draw, both teams will claim the fourth point, meaning Qatar will be eliminated from the tournament before the third round matches.

Senegal meet Ecuador in a crucial qualifying card match in the final round of the group stage, while Qatar meet their Dutch counterparts.

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