Fifa World Cup: Results and reaction from day five in Qatar
Wales face Iran in Group B of the World Cup in Qatar. Wales earned a 1-1 draw against the USA in their first World Cup match in 64 years as Gareth Bale‘s penalty capped a dramatic second-half fightback.
Kiefer Moore‘s introduction helped to turn the match around and gives Wales a fighting chance to qualify from Group B, but the result they get against Iran may be more decisive to their hopes.
Iran were thrashed 6-2 by England in their opening match, in which their players did not sing the national anthem as a show of support to protesters in the country, and would be all but eliminated from the World Cup if they lose to Wales. Rob Page’s side face England in their final group stage match, heightening the importance of their clash against Iran at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
Bale will become Wales’ all-time leading appearance holding when he wins his 110th cap and it would be fitting if the nation’s captain and talisman produces another big moment on the international stage.
Follow all the action from Wales vs Iran in our live blog below:
Wales 0-0 Iran
3 mins: Ehasn Hajsafi is fouled as the ball is dinked into midfield and Iran’s Saeed Ezatolahi floats a quick free kick over to the left wing. Iran then fail to capitalize on the quick play as a pass into the penalty area rolls safely out of play.
Chance! A long ball up the pitch comes to Kieffer Moore who wins the aerial ball and nods it on for Harry Wilson’s run in behind. Wilson takes it down thw ing before slipping the ball to Neco Williams.
Williams checks to the right, then laces a curling effort just over the far top corner!
Michael Jones25 November 2022 10:04
Kick off: Wales 0-0 Iran
Here we go. Wales will know that three points puts them close to qualifying for the last 16 and a defeat will see them on the verge of getting knocked out of the tournament.
They’ll need to start better than they did against the USA where they were sluggish in the first half and allowed their opponents to freedom to operate.
Wales get the ball rolling and the match is underway.
Michael Jones25 November 2022 10:00
Wales vs Iran
Gareth Bale – Wales’ most capped player with his appearance to date – leads out the team. He’s been the talisman of this side for years now and will need to inspire his team mates once more today.
The national anthems are next before kick off at 10am.
Michael Jones25 November 2022 09:53
Latest odds for Wales vs Iran
Wales are still outsiders to qualify out of Group B narrowly behind the USA who take on England later tonight. That could all change if Rob Page’s men triumph over Iran this morning.
Michael Jones25 November 2022 09:51
Gareth Bale urges schools in Wales to screen Iran clash as ‘mini history lesson’
Gareth Bale has urged teachers in Wales to let children watch a World Cup “mini history lesson” in Qatar. Wales’ second game of the 2022 World Cup kicks off at 10am GMT on Friday when children are in class.
The PA news agency revealed earlier this month that children had been given the green light to support Robert Page’s side.
The Welsh Government has left it up to individual schools to decide whether to allow children to watch the game, and Bale wants as many of them as possible to do so.
Michael Jones25 November 2022 09:48
Neco Williams praised for ‘great courage and bravery’ after grandfather’s death
Williams’ grandfather died on Sunday and the Nottingham Forest full-back shared the sad news on social media after playing in Wales’ 1-1 draw against the United States.
“Yesterday was the toughest news I’ve ever had to face and that was listening to my mum tell me my grandad passed away last night,” Williams wrote on Monday night, dedicating the game and point to his late grandfather.
“To go from crying all day to start in a World Cup game was extremely tough but I got through it from the support of my team-mates and family.”
Michael Jones25 November 2022 09:44
Wales vs Iran
The Welsh players have been out to inspect the pitch. The fans are flooding in spite of some Wales fans not being able to make it to Qatar.
This is a huge match for Wales, collecting three points today is a must for Rob Page’s men.
Michael Jones25 November 2022 09:40
Wales vs Iran
The fans have started to arrive at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium ahead of kick off at 10 am. Can Wales get past Iran and put one foot in the knockout rounds?
Michael Jones25 November 2022 09:35
Fifa says rainbow colors now allowed in Qatar after flags confiscated
The colors have become one of the tense moments of the tournamentas so many players, officials and fans want to make a gesture of solidarity towards the LGBTQ+ Community over Qatar’s laws and culture around homosexuality.
The Independent has been told of cases where Welsh fans were simply wearing the colors of the country – red, yellow, white and green – only to be told to take them off.
Michael Jones25 November 2022 09:30
Wales fans to miss World Cup match with Iran due to permit card problems
Many supporters attending the finals in Qatar are staying in Dubai and flying into Doha for the fixtures, but dozens are reporting that the Hayya permit card required to get into the country for games has failed to function properly, resulting in them being denied entry.
This comes despite some of those same fans having attended Wales’ other game, a 1-1 draw with USA in their Group B opener, earlier in the week. On this occasion, however, some permits are displaying as “pending” approval, leading airport staff to deny those passengers from boarding.
Michael Jones25 November 2022 09:25