A reminder that possession is a guarantee of nothing. "Sebastian Stafford-BloorNovember 25, 2022 at 5:36 AM ESTAzmoun vs RodonSardar Azmoun has made a huge difference and, although they apparently don't get on off the pitch, he and Mehdi Taremi look dangerous in tandem. Azmoun specifically seems to be stretching the Welsh defence. He's just tested Joe Rodon's pace and, earlier in the half, would have been through on goal if not for one of the last-man tackles of the tournament from the on-loan Spurs centre-half. Sebastian Stafford-BloorNovember 25, 2022 at 5:28 AM ESTAli Gholizadeh's offside goalTime.
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The hats represent "Rainbow Wall", the supporters' group for Wales fans who are members of the LGBTQ community. The hats were created in partnership with FAW. FAW said on Tuesday it would contact world soccer governing body FIFA after its staff members and fans were asked to remove and discard the bucket hats before entering the stadium for their opener, a 1-1 draw with the United States on Monday. Iran team sing national anthem at World CupIran's team sang their national anthem before Friday's World Cup match against Wales, having opted not to do so in their tournament opener. The Iranian players had stood impassively during their anthem before their 6-2 defeat to England on Monday in an apparent gesture of solidarity with anti-government protesters in the Islamic republic.
Here's hoping that theory proves true for Wales and Gareth Bale. Sebastian Stafford-BloorNovember 25, 2022 at 4:46 AM ESTAn update on IranThe Athletic's Alex Abnos is in the stadium and he has cast his eye over Carlos Queiroz's starting eleven:"He has once again not named Hossein Kanaanizadegan, the central defender who started the most games and played the most minutes of any Iranian throughout qualifying, in the starting XI at the World Cup.
Iran are disappointed. Iran's Ehsan Hajsafi in action with Wales' Aaron RamseyRainbow bucket hats, flags allowed for Wales vs Iran World Cup gameFans will be allowed to take rainbow-themed bucket hats and flags into the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium for Wales' second World Cup Group B match against Iran on Friday, the Football Association of Wales (FAW) said.
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Earlier, Wales striker Kieffer Moore had a shot from close range saved by Iran keeper Seyed Hossein Hosseini. HALF-TIME: WALES 0-0 IRANYellow cardYellow card to Wales' Joe RodonIran's Sardar Azmoun and Wales' Joe Rodon challenge for the ballWales' Kieffer Moore defends against Iran's Majid HosseiniAli Gholizadeh of Iran scores a goal past Wayne Hennessey of Wales that was ruled offsideAli Gholizadeh of Iran celebrates with teammates after a goal that was ruled offsideEthan Ampadu of Wales controls the ball against Saeid Ezatolahi and Ahmad Noorollahi of IranGOAL! But it's OFF SIDEIran take lead against Wales but referee whistles and signals off side.
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Meanwhile, Laura Williamson has sent a picture from the pressbox. Sebastian Stafford-BloorNovember 25, 2022 at 4:59 AM ESTThe Iranian AnthemIt's very difficult to watch. As the Iranian national anthem played, the camera panned to an elderly man in the crowd who then burst into tears as he saw himself on the big screen. It also settled on a woman who did much the same and, in the stadium, The Athletic's senior editor Laura Williamson reports loud jeering throughout. Sebastian Stafford-BloorNovember 25, 2022 at 4:50 AM ESTMore Kieffer I like the Kieffer Moore selection. As England and Harry Kane showed, Iran seem to struggle with a bigger forward and the presence of that pivot allowed the supporting players to be much more prominent.
Wales vs Iran live updatesNovember 25, 2022 at 5:45 AM ESTWales' attack starting to gel? Just before half-time, a good example of what we'd hoped to see from Kieffer Moore: he receives a pass on the edge of the box and slips Harry Wilson into space. A good recovery from the Iranian defence shuts down the chance, though, and Wilson's shot is deflected out for a corner. Hosseini claims well in traffic, however, and we're no closer to an opening goal. Sebastian Stafford-BloorNovember 25, 2022 at 5:41 AM ESTJoe Devine says:I'm living with Tifo's Joe Devine during the tournament and he's throwing the occasional pearl of wisdom across the living room. Here's his latest:"Iran have had significantly less possession and yet have been much more dangerous.
— Sina Saemian (@Sinaa_sa) November 25, 2022 November 25, 2022 at 5:22 AM ESTMore from Laura Williamson and Alex AbnosLaura has messaged from the stadium:"Be amazed if both sides can keep up this tempo for 110 minutes or however long World Cup matches last these days. It's frenetic. A large portion of the pitch is shaded but most of Wales' half is exposed to the sun. No cap for Hennessey but lots of bucket hats in the Wales end. "And Alex has been back in touch too:"Iran already looking approximately a million times better than it did against England. They're combining well on the break and winning enough individual battles with Welsh defenders to get clear chances, as in the goal called back for offside.
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