Midfielder Roojbeh Cheshmi scored his team’s first goal in the eighth minute of stoppage time, turning the tide of the game as Iran beat Wales 2–0.
Wales dominated throughout Friday’s match, and a hard-fought first half as both sets of fans cheered on their teams.
Iran eventually emerged as the better team in the second half, pleasing their manager Carlos Queiroz, who was pleased to see his side take some pride after beating England 6–2 in their opening match.
For long spells, it looked as though the game would end goalless as both sides found it difficult to break down their opponents.
But a red card for Wales keeper Wayne Hennessey after a violent foul on Iranian forward Mehdi Taremi blew the game open and allowed Iran to gain the upper hand with their numerical advantage.
Just before stoppage time, Cheshmi scored the first goal for his team with a pitched off strike.
Three minutes later, Ramin Rezaeian’s chipped finish added shine to the scoreline.