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

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

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Iran scored three valuable points that put them in second place in the group behind England

Iran’s national team achieved a 2-0 victory over Wales in the opening matches of the second round of the group stage of the 2022 World Cup.

With this result, Iran reaps three valuable points to temporarily occupy second place in the group, behind England, on goal difference, before England’s match against the United States, while Wales’ balance stopped at one point.

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

Iran and Wales

The Iranian national team completely dominated the course of the match, especially in the second half, and wasted several realized opportunities, the most dangerous of which was in the 51st minute when Azmoun hit a power ball that bounced off the left post, and the ball reached Gholizadeh, who hit a powerful ball that hit the right post.

Wales goalkeeper Hennes Wayne got a red card in the 86th minute, after a violent tackle on Iranian striker Tarmi.

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

Iran was not satisfied with one goal, but launched a second quick counterattack in the eleventh minute of calculated time instead of lost time and scored the second goal through Ramin Rezaian.

Iran lost the first match against England by six goals to two, which is the largest loss in the history of the World Cup, while Wales drew with the United States of America with one goal for each team.

Iran’s starting line-up against Wales was without goalkeeper Alireza Beranvand, who suffered a concussion during Iran’s match against England.

Reports indicated that the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) stressed the need for Perranwand not to participate in the Wales match, according to the protocol followed in the event that any player suffers a concussion.

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

Queiroz made five changes to the squad that played against England, most notably the inclusion 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 bearing the name of Mahsa Amini before Iran’s match against Wales

Iran’s national team players had refrained from singing the national anthem before their match with England last Monday, in a move believed to express solidarity with the anti-government protesters.

The players were silent and appeared serious when the anthem was played before the match, which was held at Khalifa International Stadium.

Thousands of Iranian fans cheered in the stands as the music blared. Some held banners reading “Woman…Life…Freedom”.

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said his players were “free to protest”.

The demonstrations, which have been going on for more than two months, sparked by the death of the young woman, Mahsa Amini, while she was in the custody of the morality police, are considered one of the most serious challenges to the Iranian regime since the Islamic revolution in 1979.

Qatar and Senegal

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Qatar is just around the corner from being knocked out of the tournament

The Qatari national team lost to its Senegalese counterpart, 3-1, at Al-Thumama Stadium, in the matches of the second round of the group stage in the 2022 World Cup.

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

Senegal doubled the score with a second goal in the 49th minute from a corner kick by Ismail Jacobs, and Famara Didihu met it with a wonderful header that passed near the hand of the Qatari goalkeeper.

The Qatari team was remarkably active, but it lacked accuracy in ending the attacks, and Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy shone and saved more than one opportunity for Qatar.

The closest opportunity to score the Senegalese net was in the 71st minute, when the ball hit Mendy’s left post.

The Qatari team reduced the score in the 79th minute, with a cross from the right side, which Muntari met with a powerful header, which passed to Mendy’s right and into the net.

While Qatar was pressing for the equalizer, Ahmedou Bambading scored the third goal for Senegal in the 84th minute, and the match ended with the Teranga Lions winning 3-1.

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

The Qatari team remained without points, bottom of the group, and close to an early exit. The Netherlands and Ecuador will meet later today in the same group, and if the match ends in a draw, both teams will reach the fourth point, which means Qatar will be excluded from the tournament, even before the third round matches.

Senegal will clash in the last round of the group stage with Ecuador in a decisive match for the qualification card, while Qatar will face its Dutch counterpart.

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