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PLAYER RATINGS: Gareth Bale was ANONYMOUS in Wales’ World Cup defeat by Iran


Wales have waited 64 years to function at a World Cup event however they’ve failed to show up, with Robert Web page’s facet’s hopes of advancing to the knockouts hanging by a thread after defeat by Iran.

A reckless problem from Wayne Hennessey noticed the goalkeeper dismissed late on and Iran duly punished the Forest man, scoring two late objectives to go away Wales needing a miracle to flee Group B.

Right here, Sportsmail’s Kieran Gill charges and slates gamers from each groups, with Hennessey, Aaron Ramsay and Gareth Bale having video games to overlook in Qatar.  

Wales suffered a heartbreaking defeat by Iran to leave their World Cup hopes in tatters

Wales suffered a heartbreaking defeat by Iran to go away their World Cup hopes in tatters

WALES (3-5-2)

Wayne Hennessey – 4

Two tremendous saves to disclaim Sardar Azmoun and Saeed Ezatolahi. However expensive oh expensive, that call to cost out of his field and produce down Mehdi Taremi was rash, reckless and downright daft. The pink card was proper, and all the way down to 10 males, Wales crumbled.

Chris Mepham – 6

Could have some bruised toes after Morteza Pouraliganji stood on his foot – one of some examples of Iran winding up the Wales gamers. Mepham and his fellow defenders have been endlessly on the again foot as Iran took cost. Disillusioned to see his clear sheet slip away after his efforts.

Joe Rodon – 6

Rodon’s battle with Azmoun was enthralling. He did simply sufficient to drive the Iran striker off stability when he struck the publish. Rodon fought to the very finish, endlessly alert to Iran’s counter-attacks on the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium. However in the end, it is a deflating defeat.

Wayne Hennessey's daft challenge on Mehdi Taremi hindered his country massively on Friday

Wayne Hennessey’s daft problem on Mehdi Taremi hindered his nation massively on Friday

Ben Davies – 6

Left again enjoying on the left of the Wales again three, Davies appeared to progress the ball ahead. His passing was correct and his lengthy balls have been probing, whereas Hossein Hosseini’s finger-tip save denied him what may need been a late winner for Wales.

Connor Roberts – 5

VAR received him out of jail after his careless cross-field move noticed Iran choose up possession and rating. Fortunately it was offside. In a position to get a lot additional ahead than he may in opposition to the US. Tantalising crosses from the appropriate wing for 6ft 5in Moore to satisfy.

Aaron Ramsey – 3

Not like the US draw, Wales dominated possession in opposition to Iran. However for somebody of Ramsey’s requirements, he was manner too careless on the ball. Iran have been endlessly prepared to interrupt ahead each time he gifted them possession. Not ok from Ramsey.

Aaron Ramsey was not good enough and failed to make an impression against the Iranians

Aaron Ramsey was not ok and did not make an impression in opposition to the Iranians

Ethan Ampadu – 5

Wales’ deepest midfielder however the again three’s safety was missing. Needed to commit the odd tactical foul when Iran have been countering. Given he’s usually the glue holding the midfield collectively, it was an enormous name from Wales’ supervisor to take away Ampadu fairly than Ramsey within the second half.

Harry Wilson – 5

Did not see a substantial amount of Wilson, who’s useful at set-pieces. Substituted earlier than the hour mark as Iran sensed the win was there for the taking. Sadly, Wilson and his Wales colleagues can begin packing their baggage in anticipation of heading house.

Neco Williams – 5

Largely restricted in opposition to the US as he tried to tie down Timothy Weah. Flattened by Ramin Rezaeian right here, then bundled over by Ali Gholizadeh. Shook off that roughhousing however was sacrificed for Johnson as Wales appeared to cease Iran from taking on this group recreation.

Gareth Bale was anonymous for his country at the worst time and failed to rescue them

Gareth Bale was nameless for his nation on the worst time and did not rescue them

Gareth Bale – 3

Grew to become Wales’ all-time look file holder however will not look again on this nameless efficiency with any fondness. Bale loves popping up with a second of magic and Wales appeared to him and Ramsey to do one thing particular. It is a pity that each have been passengers.

Kieffer Moore – 5

Most popular over James as Moore offers Wales one thing totally different up entrance. Felt he may and may have scored after 11 minutes when he met Roberts’ cross – and that turned out to be Wales’ greatest probability – however Hosseini’s save was reactive.


Dan James (for Wilson, 58) – 5

Got here on for Wilson however couldn’t flip the Iran tide which was endlessly flowing in direction of Wales’ purpose.

Brennan Johnson failed to have the impact that was expected when he came off the bench

Brennan Johnson did not have the impression that was anticipated when he got here off the bench

Brennan Johnson (for Roberts, 57) – 5

Typically substitutes grow to be heroes however the ball by no means fell for Johnson to have his large second.

Joe Allen (for Ampadu, 77) – 3

Gave the ball away instantly earlier than each of Iran’s objectives – careless, expensive and crushing.

Danny Ward (for Ramsey, 87) – 4

His job was to see out the clear sheet. As a substitute he conceded twice in stoppage time.


Chris Gunter, Joe Morrell, Tom Lockyer, Jonny Williams, Mark Harris, Adam Davies, Sorba Thomas, Dylan Levitt, Ben Cabango, Rubin Colwill, Matthew Smith


Rob Web page – 4

This was a unique prospect to the US recreation. This time, Wales had extra of the ball than their opponents. However they did not do something with it. The place was Bale? The place was Ramsey? Iran appeared the likelier to win from begin to end and Wales received what they deserved – nothing.

Rob Page got all the big decisions wrong and Wales were deservedly punished by Iran

Rob Web page received all the massive choices flawed and Wales have been deservedly punished by Iran

Iran (4-1-4-1): H Hosseini 7.5; Rezaeian 7.5, M Hosseini 7.5, Pouraliganji 7.5, Mohammadi 7; Ezatolahi 7 (Karimi 83); Gholizadeh 7 (Jahanbakhsh 77), Nourollahi 7 (Cheshmi 78), Hajsafi 7 (Torabi 77), Taremi 8; Azmoun 7.5 (Ansarifard 68, 6)

Subs (not used): Beiranvand, Moharrami, Khalilzadeh, Amiri, Niazmand, Kanaanizadegan, Ghoddos, Abedzadeh, Jalali

Supervisor: Carlos Queiroz 7.5


Mario Escobar – 6

Guatemalan referee let some gamesmanship go. A couple of Iran gamers may and may have been carded for his or her roughness however Escobar let the physicality go on this recreation. Ought to have recognized it was a pink for Hennessey with out the necessity for VAR.

Mehdi Taremi was not deterred by his collision with Hennessey and was superb again

Mehdi Taremi was not deterred by his collision with Hennessey and was very good once more


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