Wales on verge of World Cup exit after late heartbreak vs Iran - 5 talking points
Iran scored two goals deep into stoppage time to dramatically defeat Wales after goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was sent-off.
Hennessey was shown a red card the first dismissal of the tournament with several minutes remaining for Rob Pages side after Iran had spurned multiple opportunities to break the deadlock throughout a game in which they were superior. Ali Gholizadehs disallowed first half goal was a big let-off for Wales, before Iran hit the post twice within the space of ten seconds after the break.
Roozebh Cheshmi struck with a fine strike from outside the box in the final minute of nine added on at the end of the match before Ramin Rezaeian grabbed a second to secure a dramatic, but deserved, Iran victory. Mirror Football analyses the five main talking points from a tense and emotional encounter.
Iran anthem protests
Whatever Iran do at this World Cup, it will pale into insignificance with the backdrop of the domestic situation in their nation. Amid widespread unrest and protests against the nations regime, Irans footballers are under immense pressure.
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