Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is sent off for a wild kung fu kick on Iranian star Mehdi Taremi during the World Cup match in Qatar.
Wayne Hennessy was sent off in Wales’ bruising defeat by Iran for a terrible kung fu kick on his Iranian opponent.
As Mehdi Taremi was running towards the goal, the Welsh goalkeeper came off the line to clear the ball. However, the Nottingham Forest star missed the ball completely and instead made massive contact with the striker’s face.
Guatemalan referee Mario Alberto Escobar Tuca initially issued a yellow card in the direction of the 35-year-old, before the VAR advised him to look at the incident again on the pitch screen.
Wayne Hennessy was fired for this reckless challenge against his Iranian opponent on Friday
Goalkeeper Mehdi Tarmey kicked in the face while challenging for the ball in Qatar
After consulting the VAR, the referee decided to give Hennessey a red card and he was sent off
Upon further examination, he reversed his original decision and sent Hennessy away, leaving Rob Page’s team down to 10 men for the remainder of the game.
Wales boss Aaron Ramsey has been removed from the field and replaced with back-up Danny Ward, and he will face a selection headache in the final Group Two match against England.
Hennessey’s red card makes him the first player to be sent off in the 2022 tournament, and the third goalkeeper in World Cup history to be sent off.
And there was late grief for Gareth Bale & Co as the Iranians scored two late goals to knock the Welshman out of the competition.
Wales opened the tournament with a tentative performance against the United States on Monday, with captain Bell scoring a late penalty to salvage a point.
But the two dramatic goals from Iran leave Wales on the brink of elimination, with Page’s side claiming an unexpected win over England and results elsewhere to reach the knockout stages.
Wales suffered a late heartbreak as Iran scored twice from quick kicks on Friday morning
Wales captain Gareth Bale has admitted that Hennessey’s red card changed the game in his side’s favour
‘It’s gut. Bill said. We fought until the last minute. It’s hard to bear but we have to recover and come back again.
‘We have to move ourselves immediately. It will be difficult but we still have to try and enjoy the occasion.”
Reflecting on Hennessey’s sacking, he said: “I didn’t see it but the red card changed the game. We let the first one in and the second one doesn’t matter.”
“We have to recover and come back again.”