Wales vs Iran – LIVE!
The second round of the group stage of the World Cup begins this morning as Wales take on Iran in Group B. Having drawn their opening game against USA, Rob Page’s side know they really need to win here to have a realistic chance of reaching the last 16 ahead of next week’s clash with England.
Wales were poor against USA in the first half before Gareth Bale’s penalty saved the crucial point. It was a worrying performance initially, however, which was improved by the introduction of Kieffer Moore at half-time and he’s certainly done enough to earn his place on the starting line-up here. Bale, meanwhile, becomes Wales’ most capped international player of all time with his 110th appearance.
As for Iran, Carlos Queiroz has unsuccessfully tried his best to focus on football despite the protests at home. It was incredibly poor on the pitch against England as goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand was out today. Follow all the action below live with expert analysis from Malik Ouzia at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.
Wales vs Iran latest news
Kick-off: 10am GMT, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
As seen: BBC One and S4C
Team news from Wales: Allen returns
Team news from Iran: Beiranvand ruled out
Wales – Iran
Wales vs Iran predicted lineups
07:52 , George flood
Here’s how Standard Sport expect both sides to line up at Al Rayyan this morning…
Wales predicted XI: Hennessy; Mepham, Rodon, Davies; Roberts, Allen; Ampadu, Williams; James, Bale; Moore
Iran predicted XI: H. Hosseini; Moharrami, Pouraliganji, Cheshmi, M. Hosseini, Mohammadi; Jakanbakhsh, Noorollahi, Karimi, Gholizadeh; Taremi
Prediction Wales vs Iran
07:48 , George flood
Considering how poorly Iran defended against England on Monday, Welsh duo Kieffer Moore and Gareth Bale should be very confident of causing problems.
Wales wins 2-1.
Iran Team News
07:46 , George flood
Iran are without first-choice goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand today.
He suffered a concussion and a broken nose in a violent collision with a team-mate during England’s stunning 6-2 win in Doha on Monday.
Beiranvand was somehow allowed to play briefly before going under again and being substituted, prompting a wave of criticism including from Headway, a leading brain injury charity, who called it a “complete disgrace”.
It showed little faith in substitute goalkeeper Hossein Hosseini, who is due to be substituted today.
“There is medical protocol that we have to respect and there is no way to circumvent the protocol, so he will not play,” Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said of Beiranvand at his pre-match press conference yesterday.
Team news from Wales
07:41 , George flood
Wales were bolstered today by Joe Allen’s return to fitness.
The Swansea midfielder missed the 1-1 draw with USA at the same stadium with a hamstring injury that has kept him sidelined for the past two months.
However, Allen is now back in contention against Iran, although it remains to be seen if he is fit enough to start after such a layoff.
Aside from a few ‘tired bodies’, Wales have no other known injury problems. Kieffer Moore will certainly be working alongside Gareth Bale in attack after his stellar second-half display that changed the game on Monday and provided his side with a crucial focus going forward.
Where to watch Wales vs Iran?
07:38 , George flood
TV channel: Tonight’s match will be broadcast live and free-to-air on BBC One and the Welsh-language channel S4C in the UK.
Live broadcast: Meanwhile, BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport website and S4C online (all free with a subscription) are streaming live for fans online.
Welcome to LIVE coverage between Wales and Iran!
07:36 , George flood
Good morning and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of a crucial World Cup morning for Wales.
A win against Iran in Al Rayyan tonight would give Rob Page’s side a great chance to qualify for the Round of 16 in their first appearance at this level since 1958.
However, less than three points would be difficult for Gareth Bale and company as the small matter of a showdown with old rivals England plays a big role in Group B on Tuesday night.
Kick-off is today at 10:00 GMT. So follow Standard Sport live updates right here with expert analysis from Malik Ouzia at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
Before that we have the build up, the latest team news and much more.
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