England fans brutally celebrate Wales’ heartbreaking defeat in Iran
England fans in Doha couldn’t help but revel in Wales’ heartbreaking World Cup loss to Iran that put Rob Page’s side on the verge of elimination in Qatar. The Dragons led the way in another action-packed day of international football, but Gareth Bale and company struggled to get going in the scorching Middle Eastern heat when they fell to a 2-0 defeat.
After struggling out of first gear, Wales’ task was made even more difficult in the second half when goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was sent off for a Kung-fu kick on Mehdi Taremi after VAR reviewed the incident, as he was initially shown a yellow card. .
Iran then plunged a dagger into the hearts of the Welsh in stoppage time when Rouzbeh Cheshmi fired a low shot from distance into Danny Ward’s corner of the net.
Things would get even worse for Wales moments later, when Rouzbeh Rezaeian secured victory by rolling the ball past Ward.
England fans in Doha drinking in bars ahead of tonight’s game against the USA had little sympathy for their native country.
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“Flight home. Golf. Wales. In that order,” posted a nasty @mitchell_norris.
@XanderWright3 tweeted: “Worth the 64 year wait in my opinion. Hilarious.”
“Beating Iran isn’t for everyone,” @steviemac1985 taunted.
Gareth Southgate’s men will qualify as Group B winners with victory, barring a dramatic scoring run on the final day when they take on Wales and Iran against the United States.
Wales are now all but knocked out unless they can pull off something special against Group B favorites England in their final group game.
They will also be closely watching tonight’s game, a game that could still prove significant to their qualifying prospects.
Captain Bale refuses to give up qualification, despite admitting that Wales now have the odds stacked against them to book their place in the round of 16.
“It is devastating. There is no other way to say it,” Bale told BBC Sport. “We fought until the last second but it’s one of those things; It’s hard to take but we have to pick ourselves up and go again.
“We have to get up immediately. It will be difficult, but we have one game left. And we want to enjoy it too.
“It’s going to be difficult and it depends on the other party, we’ll see.”
Iran manager Carlos Queiroz has stated that their paymasters deserve respect for the way they bounced back from their opening 6-2 loss to England.
“It’s just the beginning, we have to finish the job,” said the former Manchester United assistant coach. “We bet on our football and I have no words to thank our players. They were brilliant and deserve all the attention and respect.”
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