The Iranian national team revived its chances of qualifying for the next stage of the World Cup finals held in Qatar, after achieving a fatal victory over Wales with two clean goals, thus compensating for its heavy loss in its first match against England (2-6).
After the match was heading for a goalless tie, Iran’s national team player Roozbeh Jashmi managed to score the first goal in the 98th minute, before his colleague Ramin Rezaian added the second goal in the 101st minute.
Wales played with ten players since the 87th minute, after goalkeeper Wayne Hennessy was sent off for blocking Iranian striker Mahdi Taremi outside the penalty area.
Thus, the Iranian national team rose to three points in second place in the second group, on goal difference from the leaders England, which will play at a later time from the American national team (one point).
And the Iranian national team, which is in crisis as a result of the protests taking place in its country, kept its hopes of reaching the price of the World Cup final for the first time in its sixth participation.
The match saw Iranian players perform the national anthem, unlike the first match against England.
The participation of the Iranian national team in the finals coincides with protests taking place in the Islamic Republic, which prompted the players to refrain from performing the national anthem during the first match, in a move that came after discussions and a “collective” decision, as previously indicated by its player, Ali Reza Jahanbakhsh.
“Thank you to all the fans, they always support us. They are the twelfth player,” said Iran’s star attacker, Mehdi Taremi. Regarding the next match against the United States, he added, “We need the support of the fans, even those in Iran and behind the TV. We need them to give us positive energy to win the match and make our dream come true.”
Iran has been witnessing protests for nearly two months, following the death of the young woman, Mahsa Amini, 22, three days after she was arrested by the morality police for not adhering to the strict rules of dress in the Islamic Republic.
And after its victory on Friday in the second confrontation between the two teams ever, after the first friendly, which it lost 0-1 in April 1978, “the Iranian national team kept its chances of skipping the group stage for the first time, while the situation of its Welsh counterpart became somewhat complicated to pass the group stage for a third major tournament in a row ( He reached the semi-finals in the 2016 European Cup and reached the final price of the continental championship last summer), as his score remained at a point he won with an opening draw against the United States 1-1.
The first card in this group will be decided if England beats the United States later, and the second card will be played in the last round next Tuesday when Wales meets its neighbor England, and the United States meets its political opponent Iran.