Robert Page admits Wales deserved defeat as Iran dent World Cup hopes
Wales coach Robert Page admitted his team had fallen well below the standards they set for themselves as defeat to Iran put them on the brink of World Cup elimination.
Page refused to use Wayne Hennesseys red card only the third for a goalkeeper in World Cup finals history as an excuse for the defeat, and said Carlos Queirozs team were well worth their win.
Iran hit both posts and had a goal disallowed before they finally took the lead in the 98th minute through substitute Roozbeh Cheshmis long-range strike, with Ramin Rezaeian adding a breakaway second three minutes later.
Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, so often the architects of Wales successes down the years, were both disappointing and they now need a victory over England next Tuesday to have any hope of reaching the knockout stages.
Page even appeared to refer to the England game as Wales final match of the tournament, underlining how difficult the road ahead is for the Dragons from here.
This is a hard one to take, Page said. Ive said to them before every game: Go and show the world what you show us every day, and that is not a true reflection of that team.
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