Fifa World Cup: Results and Reactions from Day 5 in Qatar
Wales meet Iran in Group B of the World Cup in Qatar. Wales drew 1-1 with USA in their first World Cup game in 64 years, when Gareth Bale’s penalty capped a dramatic second-half comeback.
The substitution of Kieffer Moore helped turn the tide and gives Wales a chance to qualify for Group B, but the result they get against Iran could make their hopes more decisive.
Iran were beaten 6-2 by England in their opening game, in which their players failed to sing the national anthem in support of protesters in the country, and would be all but eliminated from the World Cup if they lost to Wales. Rob Page’s side meet England in their last game of the group stage, underscoring the importance of their clash against Iran at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
Bale will be Wales’ best-ever performance with his 110th cap and it would be fitting if the captain and talisman of the nation created another big moment on the international stage.
Follow all of Wales v Iran action on our live blog below:
Gareth Bale tells schools in Wales to treat clash with Iran as ‘little history lesson’
Gareth Bale has urged teachers in Wales to give children a ‘little history lesson’ on the World Cup in Qatar. Wales’ second game at the 2022 World Cup gets underway at 10am GMT on Friday when the kids are in class.
The PA news agency announced earlier this month that children have been given the green light to support Robert Page’s side.
The Welsh Government has left it up to individual schools to decide whether to allow children to watch the game and Bale wants as many of them as possible to do so.
Michael JonesNovember 25, 2022 9:48 am
Neco Williams was praised for “great courage and bravery” after the death of his grandfather
Williams’ grandfather died on Sunday and the Nottingham Forest full-back shared the sad news on social media after playing in Wales’ 1-1 draw with the United States.
“Yesterday was the worst news I’ve ever faced and that was when my mom was listening to me hear my grandfather died last night,” Williams wrote Monday night, dedicating the game and pointing to his late grandfather.
“It was extremely hard going from crying all day to starting a World Cup game, but I got through it thanks to the support of my teammates and family.”
Michael JonesNovember 25, 2022 9:44 am
Wales vs Iran
The Welsh players were out to inspect the pitch. Fans flock in although some Welsh fans don’t make it to Qatar.
It’s a big game for Wales and three points is a must for Rob Page’s men today.
Michael JonesNovember 25, 2022 9:40 am
Wales vs Iran
The fans have arrived at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium before the 10am kick-off. Can Wales get past Iran and get a foothold in the knockout stages?
Michael JonesNovember 25, 2022 09:35
Fifa says rainbow colors are now allowed in Qatar after flags were confiscated
The colors has become one of the tense moments of the tournament as so many players, officials and fans want to make a gesture of solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community about Qatar’s laws and culture regarding homosexuality.
The Independent Cases have been reported of Welsh fans simply donning the country’s colors – red, yellow, white and green – only to be told to take them off.
Michael JonesNovember 25, 2022 9:30 am
Wales fans miss World Cup match against Iran due to permit card issues
Many Welsh fans are unable to attend their second match of the 2022 World Cup against Iran on Friday after being turned away at the airport.
Many fans attending the finals in Qatar are staying in Dubai and flying to Doha for the games, but dozens are reporting that the Hayya permit card, required to enter the country for games, was not working properly, which was resulted in their being refused entry.
That’s despite some of those fans attending Wales’ other game, a 1-1 draw with USA in their Group B opening game earlier in the week. However, on this occasion, some approvals are shown as “pending” approval, prompting airport staff to deny boarding to these passengers.
Michael JonesNovember 25, 2022 9:25 am
Qatar imposes last-minute alcohol ban on Welsh fans
A World Cup party has been canceled after Qatari authorities “imposed” changes to limit alcohol sales, organizers said.
Fan charity Gol Cymru wanted to build on the success of their parties held on either side of Wales’ World Cup opener against USA with a second round of events for Friday’s game against Iran.
But they said they were informed at the last minute of new conditions preventing alcohol sales before 12pm, leading them to cancel their pre-game event at the InterContinental Doha Hotel in the West Bay borough.
The Wales Football Supporters’ Association Fans’ Embassy later noted that Friday is a holy day and “no alcohol is allowed before noon”.
Michael JonesNovember 25, 2022 9:20 am
Wilson echoes Page’s thoughts
Wales midfielder Harry Wilson added to his manager’s thoughts on how differently Iran will play this time compared to their lackluster performance against England.
“It was a difficult result for them. England have always been difficult,” said Wilson. “They’re going to be looking for a reaction and I think we’ll see that.
“It’s up to us to make sure we’re in shape to try and get the three points.”
Iran kept a clean sheet in six of their previous nine games before being defeated by England on Monday, meaning today’s encounter could prove difficult for Wales.
Michael JonesNovember 25, 2022 9:16 am
Page expects “response” from Iran
Rob Page says he expects a reaction from Iran after losing 6-2 to England in the first round and it looks like Carlos Quieroz’s side are more focused on attacking football this time.
“Iran will want a reaction to a disappointing defeat,” Page said.
“I think they watched the games and England was a free game for them. I think that’s why the manager changed the form, he changed it for that game.”
“I think we won’t be too surprised by the formation he chooses. Both teams have to win.”
Michael JonesNovember 25, 2022 09:11
The story of the only previous meeting of World Cup opponents
The eyes of the world will be on Wales and Iran on Friday in Doha.
But the only time the two countries met, no one was looking in Wales and captain Terry Yorath and his team-mates wondered what on earth they had gotten themselves into.
The date was April 18, 1978, at the Aryamehr Stadium in Tehran.
American singer Frank Sinatra had performed there a few years earlier, but there’s no evidence the ruling royal family kept Sinatra waiting as long as the Wales football team.
Michael JonesNovember 25, 2022 09:06