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Iran defeats Wales, Qatar eliminated from FIFA World Cup

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group B - Wales v Iran - Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar - November 25, 2022 Iran players celebrate a goal REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

Iran defeated Wales in a thrilling match on Friday. Irani team shocked Wales players and fans with two goals in last three minutes of the exciting match in Doha, Qatar.

Meanwhile, the host country’s team _ Qatar _ was eliminated from the FIFA Cup after draw of match between Ecuador and Netherlands on Friday.

Iranian team scored twice after the eighth minute of stoppage time for a stunning 2-0 victory over Wales.

After Wales keeper Wayne Hennessey was sent off in the 87th minute, Iran produced a remarkable finale, with Roozbeh Cheshmi driving home to give them the lead before Ramin Rezaeian added another in the 11th minute of stoppage time.

Iran, who had been facing elimination if they lost, were almost unrecognizable from the side that was beaten with 6-2 by England in their opener, and they deserved a victory.

Meanwhile, Ecuador’s captain Enner Valencia led a feisty fightback as the South Americans drew 1-1 with the Netherlands in Group A to keep both teams in the running for the last 16 while eliminating Qatar’s chances of qualifying.

Valencia, 33, tapped in his third goal of the tournament from a rebound in the second half after Cody Gakpo had put the Dutch ahead in the sixth minute with a sizzling shot in a result that advanced both sides to four points.

Qatar lost their second successive game at their debut World Cup earlier on Friday to Senegal and are eliminated. The African champions are third in the group with Ecuador to come in Tuesday’s final group games.

Ecuador had a subdued first half as Louis van Gaal’s side looked comfortable but unhurried. But the South Americans, roared on by a large yellow-clad contingent at the Khalifa International Stadium, stepped up a gear in the second half and could have won it when Gonzalo Plata’s strike hit the crossbar.

Plato thrashed a powerful shot onto the woodwork in the 59th minute as the South Americans went from strength to strength, consistently hustling the Dutch off the ball by applying a physically-demanding press that did not allow their opponents to play their usual flowing game.

Javed Mahmood
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