Facing elimination if they lost, Iran was almost unrecognizable from the team beaten 6-2 by England in their opening match.
Doha, Qatar – Iran scored twice late in stoppage time to secure a stunning 2-0 win over Wales, breathing new life into their World Cup campaign.
Facing elimination if they lost, Iran was almost unrecognizable from a team beaten 6-2 by England in their opening match, and they deserved to win, even if they left so late.
The win moved Iran to three points in Group B, two clear of Wales – who drew 1-1 with the United States in their opening match – with England and the United States facing each other later on Friday. The group comes to a head next Tuesday, when Wales take on old rivals and Iran take on the United States.
Here is what Iran fans had to say at the match at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium in Doha:
Rana Mahmoudi, 27, and her husband, Farzad Ferdin, 30:
“We are very happy with today’s victory. There was no goal until 90 minutes. We were worried and frustrated, but thank God we managed to get a win at the last minute, and hopefully we can win 5-0 against the United States.”
Sayed Taji Hosni, 66 years old, and Sayed Abbas Hosni, 43, his son:
“We knew we were going to win today, but we hoped to win big against the USA.”
Hamid Ramadanzadeh 32:
“We lost our first game very badly. Coming into the game today I was hoping for an easy win but Wales played really well. I would be sad if we lost again today. But I’m proud of Iran, we managed to win. It wasn’t an easy win for me.” to say “.
Massoud Khurram, 34 years old:
“Our players have been under pressure since the start of the game. Personally, I think the coach doesn’t allow some good players to play. I don’t know why, he might have some other plans for them.
“But I think the selection of players was not good in our first game, even today, too. We won at the last minute. It wasn’t that great. I hope in future matches the coach will let the other players in the team play.”
Saman Salamat 17:
“All of Iran knows we could have done better in the opening game – 6-2 is not quite an Iranian standard. Whenever I think about that match my heart breaks. I’m very happy but I expected at least a 6-0 win today. We deserve more. Iran deserved.” More.
“We have to win the US game and we will definitely go to the knockout stage without a doubt. We will 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 bad happened that day. The team was under pressure with the first two goals and then they let the other goals come easily.”