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PLAYER RATINGS: Gareth Bale was ANONYMOUS in Wales’ World Cup defeat by Iran

Wales waited 64 years to make a World Cup appearance but failed to turn up, as Robert Page’s side’s hopes of advancing to knockouts were halted by a thread after defeat by Iran.

A reckless challenge from Wayne Hennessey had the goalkeeper sent off late in the game and Iran duly punished the jungle man, scoring twice late to leave Wales needing a miracle to escape from the second set.

Here, Sportsmail’s Kieran Gill assesses and selects players from both teams, with Hennessey, Aaron Ramsay and Gareth Bale in Qatar.

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Wales suffered a heartbreaking defeat to Iran, leaving their World Cup hopes in tatters

Wales (3-5-2)

Wayne Hennessy – 4

Two great saves to deny Sardar Azmoun and Saeed Ezzat Allah. But dear darling, the decision to charge out of his box and drop Mehdi Taremi was hasty, reckless and downright ridiculous. The red card was correct, down to 10 men, and Wales collapsed.

Chris Mepham – 6

He would get some bruising on his toes after Morteza Bouraliganji stood on his foot – one of the few examples of Iran locking out Wales players. Mepham and his colleagues were forever weak with Iran in charge. He is disappointed to see his clean sheet wasted after his efforts.

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Joe Rodon – 6

Rodon’s fight with Azmun was captivating. He did enough to force the Iranian striker off balance when he hit the post. Rodon fought to the end, constantly alert to Iranian counter-attacks at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium. But in the end, it is an upsetting defeat.

Wayne Hennessy's absurd challenge to Mehdi Taremi severely handicapped his country on Friday

Wayne Hennessy’s absurd challenge to Mehdi Taremi severely handicapped his country on Friday

Ben Davies – 6

Playing full-back on the left flank of the Welsh defense three, Davies looked to get the ball forward. His passing was accurate and his long balls were fulfilling, while Hossein Hosseini’s finger tip denied him what could have been a late winner for Wales.

Connor Roberts – 5

The video assistant referee got him out of jail after a reckless cross that made Iran take possession of the ball and score. Fortunately it was a sneak. able to go further than he could against the United States. A tantalizing cross from the right wing 6ft 5in to meet Moore.

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Aaron Ramsey – 3

In contrast to the USA tie, Wales controlled the ball against Iran. But for someone by Ramsey’s standards, he was very careless with the ball. Iran was forever ready to surge forward whenever he gave them possession. Not good enough Ramsey.

Aaron Ramsey wasn't good enough and failed to make an impression against the Iranians

Aaron Ramsey wasn’t good enough and failed to make an impression against the Iranians

Ethan Ampadu – 5

Wales’ deepest midfielder, but the protection of all three defenders was lacking. He had to make the odd tactical mistake when Iran was responding. With him often holding the midfield together, it was a big call from the Wales manager to remove Ampadu in place of Ramsey in the second half.

Harry Wilson – 5

Didn’t see much of Wilson, who is useful on set pieces. He was substituted just before the hour mark as Iran felt they were there to win. Unfortunately, Wilson and his Welsh teammates can start packing their bags in anticipation of returning home.

Neco Williams – 5

Tied pretty much against the United States because he tried to bind Timothy Weah. Ramin Rezaian flattened it here, then Ali Gholizadeh leveled it. She shrugged off that austerity but was sacrificed for Johnson as Wales looked to prevent Iran from dominating this group match.

Gareth Bale was an unknown to his country at the worst of times and failed to save them

Gareth Bale was an unknown to his country at the worst of times and failed to save them

Gareth Bale – 3

Wells became the all-time appearance record holder, but he wouldn’t view this unknown performance with any fondness. Bill loves showing off a moment of magic and Wells is looking forward to him and Ramsey doing something special. It is a pity that both of them were travelers.

Kiefer Moore – 5

Preferred over James because Moore gives Wells something different up front. He felt he could and should have scored after 11 minutes when he met Roberts’ cross – and it turned out to be Wales’ best chance – but Hosseini’s save responded.

sub

Dan James (About Wilson, 58) – 5

He came for Wilson but could not turn the Iranian tide that was flowing forever towards the Welsh goal.

Brennan Johnson failed to make the impact he expected when he came off the bench

Brennan Johnson failed to make the impact he expected when he came off the bench

Brennan Johnson (to Roberts, 57) – 5

Sometimes the substitutes become champions but the ball never fell for Johnson to have his big moment.

Joe Allen (Lampado, 77) – 3

He wasted the ball right before both of Iran’s goals – careless, costly and overwhelming.

Danny Ward (to Ramsey, 87) – 4

His job was to see the clean sheet. Instead, he conceded twice in stoppage time.

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Chris Gunter, Joe Morrell, Tom Lockyer, Johnny Williams, Mark Harris, Adam Davies, Soorba Thomas, Dylan Levitt, Ben Kabango, Robin Colwell, Matthew Smith

Management

Rob page – 4

This was a different prospect from the US game. This time, Wales had more on the ball than their opponents. But they didn’t do anything with it. Where was Bill? Where was Ramsey? Iran looked likely to win from start to finish and Wales got what they deserved – nil.

Rob Page got all the big decisions wrong and Wales deserved to be punished by Iran

Rob Page got all the big decisions wrong and Wales deserved to be punished by Iran

Iran (4-1-4-1): H. Hosseini 7.5; Rezaian 7.5, M. Hosseini 7.5, Boralijanji 7.5, Mohammadi 7; Izzat Allah 7 (Karimi 83); Gholizadeh 7 (Jahanbakhsh 77), Nurullah 7 (Chesmi 78), Hajsafi 7 (Turabi 77), Tarmi 8; Azmoun 7.5 (Ansarifard 68, 6)

Subs (unused): Biranvand, Moharrami, Khalilzadeh, Amiri, Niazmand, Kananizadgan, Quddos, Abedzadeh, Jalali

boss: Carlos Queiroz 7.5.1

Rule

Mario Escobar – 6

The Guatemalan referee unleashed some state of the game. A few of Iran’s players could and should have been given cards for their roughness, but Escobar let physical strength go in this game. He should have known it was red for Hennessey without VAR.

Mehdi Taremi wasn't deterred by his collision with Hennessy and he was brilliant again

Mehdi Taremi wasn’t deterred by his collision with Hennessy and he was brilliant again

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