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Gareth Bale is ‘gutted’ after Wales lose by two injury-time targets to Iran


Wayne Hennessy’s disastrous sending off for Wales in opposition to Iran has seen him lampooned on social media the place his wild kick was in comparison with the denouement of The Karate Child and the top of a WWE wrestling bout.

The Welsh goalkeeper noticed crimson after he worn out Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi with a knee to the face healthier for a UFC ring than a soccer stadium.

Gareth Bale admitted he’s ‘gutted’ after Wales’ World Cup desires had been left all however over when two damage time targets from Iran condemned them to a 2-0 defeat. They should beat England subsequent week and depend on outcomes going their manner.

Shortly after Hennessy’s dismissal, Iran scored two late targets in a second half that additionally noticed Iran strike the each posts inside seconds earlier than taking a deserved three factors. 

Hennessey was despatched off for this horror collision with Iran striker Mehdi Taremi with 5 minutes of regular time remaining

Some lampooned the incident, comparing it to the the denouement of the Karate Kid (pictured)

Some lampooned the incident, evaluating it to the the denouement of the Karate Child (pictured)

However after rescuing some extent in opposition to the US in Wales’ opening sport, captain Bale couldn’t repeat the feat.

He informed the BBC: ‘It is gutting, we’re gutted, there is no different strategy to say it. We fought to the final seconds but it surely’s troublesome to take. 

‘However now we have to select ourselves up immediately, it will be troublesome however now we have one sport left. We must see. What can I say? We’ll recuperate and now we have to go once more.’

Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was despatched off for a reckless problem in a second half that additionally noticed Iran strike the each posts inside seconds earlier than taking a deserved three factors. 

Bale added: ‘I have never seen so I do not know – however clearly the crimson card modified the sport utterly.’

Wayne Hennessey missed the ball and clattered Taremi

Wayne Hennessey missed the ball and clattered Taremi

Wayne Hennessey missed the ball and clattered Taremi

Taremi lay on the floor as Hennessey waited to see if he would be sent off. He was initially booked before a VAR review changed it to red

Taremi lay on the ground as Hennessey waited to see if he could be despatched off. He was initially booked earlier than a VAR overview modified it to crimson

Wales' Wayne Hennessey is shown a red card by referee Mario Escobar for the reckless challenge

Wales’ Wayne Hennessey is proven a crimson card by referee Mario Escobar for the reckless problem

Gutted Welsh supporters in Swansea could not bear to look towards a screen as they watched their side fall to a late defeat

Gutted Welsh supporters in Swansea couldn’t bear to look in the direction of a display as they watched their aspect fall to a late defeat

Three thousand fans gathered at a fanpark in Swansea to watch the game, but were left dejected

Three thousand followers gathered at a fanpark in Swansea to look at the sport, however had been left dejected

Wales football fans react at the end of the match as they watch their country's World Cup defeat

Wales soccer followers react on the finish of the match as they watch their nation’s World Cup defeat

Wales had been fortunate to not be behind after struggling within the first half in opposition to Iran and VAR intervened to chalk off a purpose in opposition to them for offside early within the sport. 

Shortly after half-time it was hearts in mouth once more for Wales as Iran struck each posts inside seconds of one another.

Iran’s Sardar Azmoun smacked one submit from shut vary earlier than Ali Gholizadeh curled an effort from outdoors the field in opposition to the opposite.

Wales then had goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey proven a straight crimson card with 5 minutes of regular time remaining as he rushed off his line to intercept a protracted go.

Hennessey introduced down striker Mehdi Taremi and obtained a crimson card for harmful play after the incident went to the VAR officers.

There was little grievance from the Welsh gamers, with Hennessey’s knee near Taremi’s head.

With a draw nonetheless more likely to depart Wales needing to beat England, breakaway targets in damage time targets from Rouzbeh Cheshmi and Ramin Rezaeian secured a two-goal win for Iran, leaving Bale’s males with only a single level from their first two Group B video games.

Mathematically, Wales can nonetheless qualify for the knockout phases, however they now require the US to beat England and Iran and also will must beat an English aspect which received their opening sport 6-2.

Mehdi Torabi shoots past Wales captain Gareth Bale during Iran's 2-0 victory in the Group B match

 Mehdi Torabi shoots previous Wales captain Gareth Bale throughout Iran’s 2-0 victory within the Group B match

The final whistle sparked jubilant scenes on the pitch for Iran players, who have given themselves a chance of qualifying going into their final game against the US

The ultimate whistle sparked jubilant scenes on the pitch for Iran gamers, who’ve given themselves an opportunity of qualifying going into their closing sport in opposition to the US

Gareth Bale of Wales reacts after the 0-2 loss

Gareth Bale of Wales reacts after the 0-2 loss

Heartbroken Welsh fans react after Iran's first injury time goal, shortly before they doubled their lead

Heartbroken Welsh followers react after Iran’s first damage time purpose, shortly earlier than they doubled their lead

Schoolchildren at Rhiwbeina Primary School, Cardiff, react as they watched Wales lose the crucial World Cup match

Schoolchildren at Rhiwbeina Major Faculty, Cardiff, react as they watched Wales lose the essential World Cup match

A young Welsh fan is seen crying after Iran scored two late goals to leave Wales facing elimination

A younger Welsh fan is seen crying after Iran scored two late targets to depart Wales going through elimination

One viewer even quipped that they were starting a Go Fund Me for a heartbroken fan after the game

One viewer even quipped that they had been beginning a Go Fund Me for a heartbroken fan after the sport

Wales fans appeared dejected as the final whistle was blown, ending the game and likely their World Cup

Wales followers appeared dejected as the ultimate whistle was blown, ending the sport and sure their World Cup

Wales fans leave the Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar, following their 2-0 defeat to Iran

Wales followers depart the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, Doha, Qatar, following their 2-0 defeat to Iran

Kieffer Moore of Wales reacts after a missed chance during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between Wales and IR Iran

Kieffer Moore of Wales reacts after a missed probability throughout the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between Wales and IR Iran

Gareth Bale was left on his haunches after Iran broke the deadlock in the crucial Group B fixture

Gareth Bale was left on his haunches after Iran broke the impasse within the essential Group B fixture 

Followers of Wales pictured within the Crimson Wall forward of the essential match in opposition to Iran this morning

Earlier, Wales ran out to heat up carrying their Adidas coaching tops that characteristic rainbow sleeves, elevating some eyebrows after Qatari officers stopped Wales followers from supporting homosexual rights by carrying rainbow bucket hats throughout their opening sport in opposition to USA.

And there was laughter from Welsh followers because the Qatari solar hit water spraying from a sprinkler on the pitch, inflicting a real-life rainbow impact within the stadium.

Then previous to kick-off, 1000’s of Welsh followers belted out their nationwide anthem and the Iranian followers jeered their very own – in solidarity with protesters again residence in Iran.

Iran’s gamers, although, appeared to again down from their protest following strain from the Islamic regime. 

The Red Wall was filled with glum faces as Wales suffered a 2-0 defeat in the crucial World Cup match

The Crimson Wall was stuffed with glum faces as Wales suffered a 2-0 defeat within the essential World Cup match

Two gutted Welsh fans look on following the final whistle as Wales are all but out of the World Cup

Two gutted Welsh followers look on following the ultimate whistle as Wales are all however out of the World Cup

Wales goalkeeper Danny Ward, who was introduced as a substitute following Hennessey's red car, pictured with his family at full time

Wales goalkeeper Danny Ward, who was launched instead following Hennessey’s crimson automobile, pictured together with his household at full time

Daniel James with Wales goalkeeper Danny Ward and his family following their 2-0 defeat earlier today

Daniel James with Wales goalkeeper Danny Ward and his household following their 2-0 defeat earlier right this moment

Wales striker Kieffer Moore (pictured after the game), who made the big difference in the draw against the US, failed to have the same impact today

Wales striker Kieffer Moore (pictured after the sport), who made the large distinction within the draw in opposition to the US, did not have the identical impression right this moment

Wales fans leave the Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar, following their 2-0 defeat to Iran

Wales followers depart the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, Doha, Qatar, following their 2-0 defeat to Iran

Fans of Wales appear dejected after the FIFA World Cup 2022, Group B match between Wales and Iran

Followers of Wales seem dejected after the FIFA World Cup 2022, Group B match between Wales and Iran

Schoolchildren, all wearing their Welsh football tops, look on in disappointment at Rhiwbeina Primary School, Cardiff

Schoolchildren, all carrying their Welsh soccer tops, look on in disappointment at Rhiwbeina Major Faculty, Cardiff

Wales' Joe Allen looks dejected after Iran's Roozbeh Cheshmi scores their side's first goal of the game during the FIFA World Cup Group B match at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium

Wales’ Joe Allen appears dejected after Iran’s Roozbeh Cheshmi scores their aspect’s first purpose of the sport throughout the FIFA World Cup Group B match on the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium

Bale looks despondent as Iran players celebrate following their 2-0 victory over Wales in the World Cup

Bale appears despondent as Iran gamers have fun following their 2-0 victory over Wales within the World Cup

Gareth Bale admitted he was 'gutted' by the last-gasp defeat. He told the BBC: 'It's gutting, we're gutted, there's no other way to say it. We fought to the last seconds but it's difficult to take'

Gareth Bale admitted he was ‘gutted’ by the last-gasp defeat. He informed the BBC: ‘It is gutting, we’re gutted, there is no different strategy to say it. We fought to the final seconds but it surely’s troublesome to take’

Iran's players celebrate their victory with their Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz following the game

Iran’s gamers have fun their victory with their Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz following the sport

Their earlier refusal to sing was a present of solidarity with protesters of their residence nation, a whole lot of whom have been killed in clashes with authorities safety companies over the demise of Mahsa Amini – a lady who died in custody after being arrested by the Tehran’s morality police.

However many Iranian followers within the stands nonetheless displayed slogans supporting the protests on Friday, drawing explicit consideration to human rights points and the plight of girls.

Qatari authorities took explicit problem with one feminine fan, who had painted her face white – with bloody tears pouring out from her eyes. 

She held up an Iranian soccer shirt displaying the title of Mahsa Amini and the quantity 22 – her age when she died.

In the meantime, the Crimson Wall basked in vibrant sunshine and 29C temperatures as the ocean of followers watched captain Gareth Bale and his teammates start their match in Doha’s Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, which obtained off to a frenetic, end-to-end begin. 

Water sprinklers used to wet the pitch formed a rainbow inside the ground prior to kick-off this morning

Water sprinklers used to moist the pitch shaped a rainbow inside the bottom previous to kick-off this morning

The Red Wall basked in bright sunshine and 29C temperatures as the sea of fans watched captain Gareth Bale and his teammates begin their match

The Crimson Wall basked in vibrant sunshine and 29C temperatures as the ocean of followers watched captain Gareth Bale and his teammates start their match

The Welsh team, led by captain Gareth Bale, belt out their national anthem ahead of the match against Iran

The Welsh workforce, led by captain Gareth Bale, belt out their nationwide anthem forward of the match in opposition to Iran

A female Iran fan wearing blood makeup in protest of Mahsa Amini's death at the match earlier today

A feminine Iran fan carrying blood make-up in protest of Mahsa Amini’s demise on the match earlier right this moment

Iranian fans celebrate jubilantly following their nation's 2-0 victory over Wales at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan

Iranian followers have fun jubilantly following their nation’s 2-0 victory over Wales on the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan

Iran fans wave flags following their side's win, which has left qualification from Group B in their hands

Iran followers wave flags following their aspect’s win, which has left qualification from Group B of their palms

Goals from Rouzbeh Cheshmi and Ramin Rezaeian secured a two-goal win for Iran against Wales

Targets from Rouzbeh Cheshmi and Ramin Rezaeian secured a two-goal win for Iran in opposition to Wales

However within the build-up to the kick-off, consideration was elsewhere. Whereas a few of Iran’s gamers gave a muted rendition of their anthem, their followers jeered because it was performed over the stadium’s audio system.

Earlier than kick off, anticipation was constructing outdoors the stadium and on the Corniche Stroll Park, with footage exhibiting a whole lot of followers in soccer kits, proudly waving flags emblazoned with the crimson Welsh dragon.

A sea of crimson shirts and bucket hats might be seen on town’s waterfront, together with the Urdd Youth Choir and Yma o Hyd singer Dafydd Iwan, with the gang belting out fan favourites together with I Love You Child, and the Welsh nationwide anthem.

Round 5,000 Wales followers had been contained in the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium to look at their workforce showing at their first World Cup since 1958.

Amongst these watching the sport again residence in Cardiff had been the youngsters from Rhiwbeina Major Faculty.

Tons of of scholars carrying Wales shirts and the now well-known bucket hats crammed the college’s corridor to look at the match on a big TV display.

Earlier than kick-off, they sang Hen Wlad Fy Nhada and throughout the sport broke out right into a rendition of Yma O Hyd, which has turn into an unofficial anthem of the Wales workforce.

The college had been increase the match by watching Wales prepare on the Cardiff Metropolis Stadium and likewise had been invited to see the squad off as they headed to Qatar.

England will play the US within the different Group B match right this moment, with followers ending work early to race residence or head straight to the pub.

At present metropolis and city centres are emptying already as England followers rush to look at the match – if they aren’t on the couch already. 

Bosses are additionally letting workers depart early after specialists stated there was a large enhance in sickies.

One England megafan right this moment revealed he give up his job so he can watch each World Cup.

Casey Bishop, 39, has refused to go to Qatar on human rights grounds however resigned as a sports activities assistant at Northumbria College in Newcastle so he does not miss a minute of the soccer.

A deserted Piccadilly Circus in London this afternoon and England fans stayed away ahead of the big match with USA tonight

A abandoned Piccadilly Circus in London this afternoon and England followers stayed away forward of the large match with USA tonight 

Karine Fox at Iron Works Gym having a pre workout before game

Karine Fox at Iron Works Fitness center having a pre exercise earlier than sport

England fans started drinking early in Doha today

England followers began ingesting early in Doha right this moment

England's crunch game could see the team through with a game to spare as results went their way

England’s crunch sport might see the workforce via with a sport to spare as outcomes went their manner

Egland fans getting ready for the game against USA tonight at The Pub in Kings Heath

Egland fans getting ready for the game against USA tonight at The Pub in Kings Heath

England followers preparing for the sport in opposition to USA tonight at The Pub in Kings Heath

He stated: ‘I might have been so depressing caught at work. I am a large soccer fan, and I simply could not think about not with the ability to watch them.

‘Morally I felt as if I could not go [to Qatar]. I’ve all the time been in opposition to it however after I heard concerning the atrocities and the human rights report. I could not give my cash to them. I’ve additionally heard from mates over there they’re paying £16 for a pint of beer so I am glad I made that call’. 

Soccer-mad staff within the UK have been throwing ‘sickies’ at report charges to allow them to watch World Cup matches, employers are claiming. 

Companies have been flocking to authorized advisers amid considerations workers are taking rogue days off, with right this moment unlikely to be any completely different give the magnitude of the 2 matches.

  • An earlier model of this text claimed that Wales had taken a ‘defiant stand’ by carrying a ‘rainbow’ sleeve throughout their warm-up. The article has been amended to make clear that the colors kind a part of the official Adidas equipment worn by Wales and sure different taking part groups. 

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