Wales and Iran will have a huge clash to kick each other out of the World Cup. In the second round of the group stage, Iran takes on Wales in a critical match where they are left with no option but winning. The best-ranked Asian team in the world were inflicted a crushing defeat against the European runners-up England, putting a massive pressure on them to achieve all three points of today’s game against Wales. Carlos Queiroz has made five changes to his side’s line-up compared to the opening match, one of them inevitable as Hosseini replaces Beiranvand in the goal.
Coming back to the most significant tournament of the world after 64 years, Wales were pulled back to a draw in their opener against USA by a late penalty kicked by Gareth Bale. The point kept their progression hopes alive, and now they look forward to securing a place in one of the top two spots of the group through beating Iran; a result that could introduce Iran as the first eliminated team of FIFA World Cup.
The first ever meeting between Wales and Iran kicks off at 10.00am in UK time at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan.
Wales: Hennessey; Mepham, Rodon, B Davies; Roberts, Ampadu, Wilson, Ramsey, N Williams; Bale, Moore.
Iran: Hosseini; Mohammadi, Hosseini, Pouraliganji, Rezaeian; Ezatolahi, Hajsafi, Nourollahi, Gholizadeh; Taremi, Azmoun.