2022-11-25 13:06:47

Only Iran? It’s Cymru home without another Bale out for woeful Wales

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By Ian Watson

Iran’s performance perhaps puts England’s win in a better light but let’s not patronise Wales – they were so, so poor. No one more so than their fading stars…

Unlucky Wales? Not a bit of it. The Dragons and Iran each got exactly what they deserved in Al Rayyan. The only injustice was that it took 98 minutes to arrive.

Both teams have been late turning up in Qatar. Iran, certainly not THIS Iran, didn’t show for their opener against England on Monday. Or perhaps they did. Maybe the Three Lions are actually brilliant. But the more likely scenario is that Carlos Queiroz’s side wilted in the spotlight, which given all that is going on around them, is perhaps understandable.

Wales have no excuses. It took them 45 minutes to get going against USA on Monday and even then they only reached the bare minimum level required to compete on the biggest stage of all. They failed to achieve even that standard while falling to a hugely damaging defeat.

We shouldn’t fall into the trap of patronising ‘plucky’ Wales. Tactically, technically, individually and collectively, they wilted in the baking early afternoon sun in Qatar.

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