We hold the first red card of this World Cup 2022, and it was not done in half measures.
In the 84th minute of the second Group B match between Wales and Iran, as the two teams headed for a sad draw (0-0), the Welsh goalkeeper decided to bring his little grain of salt in the meeting.
On a long ball from the Iranian defense to Medhi Taremi, the FC Porto striker, the Nottingham Forrest goalkeeper came out very far from his cages.
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Only problem, the doorman of Wales arrives well late on the ball, and decides to start by jumping, foot forward, to take the ball.
But it's already too late, Taremi pushes the ball with her toe and takes Wayne Hennessey head on, knee forward.
An impressive shock.
However, the referee of the meeting will first take out the yellow, under the completely amazed eyes of the Iranians including Alireza Jahanbakhsh.
Iran will seek victory at 11 against 10
Called very quickly by the VAR, Mario Alberto Escobar Toca will, without a doubt, change his decision and release the red, the first of this 2022 World Cup. This is only the third red card received by a goalkeeper in the World Cup history.
South African goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune against Uruguay in 2010 and Gianluca Pagliuca for Italy against Norway in 1994 had already achieved similar feats.
A red card that allowed Iran to take the lead.
After ten minutes with a numerical superiority of 11 against 10, Carlos Queiroz's men went ahead thanks to a powerful strike from Roozbeh Cheshmi, which ended up in the side netting of Danny Ward, who had just entered the game at the Hennessey Square.
In the process, Ramin Rezaeian, the right defender of Iran, came to conclude a victory in extremis of his people, on a perfectly led counter-attack (2-0).