Facing elimination if they lost, Iran were almost unrecognizable from the side that had been beaten 6–2 by England in their first match.
Doha, Qatar Iran scored twice late in stoppage time a resounding 2-0 win on Wales who breathed new life into their World Cup campaign.
Facing elimination if they lost, Iran were almost unrecognizable from the side that had been thrashed 6–2 by England in their opener, and they deserved to be winners, even if they left it too late.
The win takes Iran to three points in Group B, two more than Wales – who were held to a 1-1 draw by the United States in their opener – before England and America play each other later on Friday. were facing The group comes to a head next Tuesday, when Wales play their old rivals and Iran face the United States.
Here’s what Iranian supporters said during the match at Doha’s Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium:
Rana Mahmoodi, 27, and husband Farzad Fardeen, 30:
“We are very happy with today’s win. There was no goal for 90 minutes. We were worried and disappointed, but thank God, we managed to win in the last minute, we hope to win 5 against America. Will win by -0.
Syed Taghi Hussaini, 66, and Syed Abbas Hussaini, 43, their son:
“We knew we would win today, but we are looking forward to a big win against the United States.”
Hameed Ramzanzadeh, 32:
“We lost our first game very badly. Today when I came into the match I was expecting an easy win but Wales played really well. I would be sad if we lost again today. But I am proud of the Iranian team , we managed to win. I must say it was not an easy win.”
Masood Khorram, 34 :
He said, ‘Our players came under pressure from the very beginning of the game. I personally believe that the coaches are not letting some good players play. I don’t know the reason, they might have some other plans for him.
But I believe that in our first match today also the selection of players was not good. We won in the last minute. It was not such a big win. I hope in future games the coach will allow other players in the team to play.
Summons Salamat 17:
“The whole of Iran knows that we could have done better in the first match – 6-2 is not very Iran standard. My heart breaks every time I think about that match. I am very happy but today I feel less Less than expected 6-0 win, we deserve more, Iran deserves more.
“We have to win the American match and we will definitely reach the knockout stage. We’re going to prove it to the world.
“We lost the first game for many reasons, our goalkeeper was injured in the first few minutes, the fans were upset, everything went bad that day. The team came under pressure with the first two goals and then they let the other goals come easily ”