Wales face Iran in Group B of the World Cup in Qatar. Wales earned a 1-1 draw against the USA in their first World Cup match in 64 years as Gareth Bale’s penalty capped a dramatic second-half fightback.
Kieffer Moore’s introduction helped to turn the match around and gives Wales a fighting chance to qualify from Group B, but the result they get against Iran may be more decisive to their hopes.
Iran were thrashed 6-2 by England in their opening match, in which their players did not sing the national anthem as a show of support to protestors in the country, and would be all but eliminated from the World Cup if they lose to Wales. Rob Page’s side face England in their final group stage match, heightening the importance of their clash agiainst Iran at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
Bale will became Wales’ all-time leading appearance holding when he wins his 110th cap and it would be fitting if the nation’s captain and talisman produces another big moment on the international stage.
Follow all the action from Wales vs Iran in our live blog below:
World Cup 2022: Wales vs Iran
Wales face Iran in crucial World Cup 2022 Group B match in Qatar with kick off at 10am GMT
Gareth Bale set to win record 110th cap and expected to start alongside Kieffer Moore
Victory would put Wales top of Group B ahead of England vs USA this evening
Wales - Iran
Wales vs Iran early team news and predicted line-ups
08:11 , Michael Jones
Ethan Ampadu sustained an ankle issue during Wales’ draw with USA, while Kieffer Moore is expected to start after his game-changing performance off the bench earlier in the week. Manager, Rob Page, also confirmed that Joe Allen is ready to go after a hamstring injury has seen him sidelined since September.
For Iran, Alireza Beiranvand is unable to feature due to concussion protocols, the goalkeeper having been substituted against England after a clash of heads. Hossein Hosseini, who replaced him, is expected to start in his place.
Wales XI: Hennessey; Mepham, Rodon, Davies; Roberts, Ramsey, Ampadu, Williams; James, Bale; Moore
Iran XI: H Hosseini; Moharrami, Pouraliganji, Cheshmi, M Hosseini, Mohammadi; Jakanbakhsh, Noorollahi, Karimi, Gholizadeh; Taremi
Wales vs Iran
08:05 , Michael Jones
Welcome to The Independent’s coverage of Wales’ Group B clash with Iran. Kick off for this one is 10am and Rob Page’s side are hoping to build off the back of their 1-1 draw against the USA and take a step closer to the knockout rounds.
Picking up three points this morning is crucial for Wales’ hopes of a spot in the last 16 as they take on England in their final group match which, on paper, represents the most difficult game of the group stages. The Dragons rescued a point in their opening game thanks to Gareth Bale’s penalty but they will want to improve against a team that was battered 6-2 by the Three Lions.
Iran looked all at sea in their encounter with England but striker Mehdi Taremi remained threatening throughout and finished the game with two consolation goals so Wales will need to keep him quiet this morning.
Should Wales be victorious in this encounter they will move to the top of Group A ahead of England vs USA this evening.