Wales brutally exposed by Iran as World Cup 2022 ecstasy turns to agony
After the ecstasy of reaching their first World Cup in 64 years, came the agony for Wales.
Their ageing history boys were expected to bury Iran to move to within touching distance of qualification from Group B having scrambled a fortunate late draw against USA in their opener.
Much of the talk pre match from Wales' players was of how many goals they would score, not whether they would even win. But Wales World Cup dream turned into a nightmare at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium as they crashed to a deserved defeat.
With star duo Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey ineffective in the heat, Wales were always hanging on against Iran, who are 20th in the FIFA World rankings, just a place above Rob Pages men.
Carlos Queirozs side had a goal narrowly ruled out for offside by VAR in the first half and then hit the post twice in the second half.
But they eventually prevailed in stoppage time in a breathless, dramatic finale after Wales were reduced to ten men for Wayne Hennesseys dismissal for an x-rated challenge.
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