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[En Vivo] Wales go for their first victory against Iran in Group B of Qatar 2022

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The hero of Wales, Gareth Bale, will take to the field of the Ahmad Bin Ali stadium this Friday in search of a victory over Iran that will have a double effect: bring the ‘Dragons’ closer to the round of 16 and eliminate the Iranians from the World Cup in Qatar.

The Europeans need the three points after drawing (1-1) with the United States on Monday, in their debut in Group B. Also at the Ahmad Bin Ali in Doha, the former Real Madrid put parity, from a penalty, on the first World Cup game for their national team since 1958.

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The result consolidated a trend in the short Welsh experience in the World Cups: four games, four draws.

But if the best Welsh generation, capable of leading this nation of three million people to two European Championships in a row and their second World Cup, wants to continue to amaze, they will need to go one step further against the Asians.

“We learned lessons from the match (against the Americans). It was very important not to have lost the game,” said manager Rob Page. “We’re preparing for a tough game and then we’ll see how we get to our last game with England.”

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The English pulverized the Iran of Portuguese Carlos Queiroz 6-2 and took the top of Group B.

Page has recognized the favoritism of the ‘Three Lions’ and has positioned the United States as the call to occupy second place.

As it stands, the fight is one-on-one between the Welsh and the Americans, who take on England on Friday night at the Al Bayt Stadium.

In addition to colliding with a rival who may be emotionally diminished, the ‘dragons’ can celebrate the return to training of Joe Allen (Swansea, ENG), who overcame a tendon injury that kept him off the pitch since mid-September .

The presence of the 32-year-old midfielder, undisputed in the qualifier, can alleviate a midfield that struggled to control the Americans.

Iran’s dream of qualifying for the first round of 16 in their sixth participation in a World Cup hangs in the balance.

The cold water bath against England by Harry Kane left Queiroz’s team badly bruised, who will also probably lose their first-choice goalkeeper, Alireza Beiranvand, for the game against the Welsh.

Beiranvand collided with his teammate, defender Majid Hosseini, in the match against England and left the field in the 20th minute with a “serious concussion”, said the DT. Hossein Hosseini replaced him and conceded all six goals.

Queiroz can bet again on him or on one of the other two goalkeepers that he included in the list of 25 players: Payam Niazmand, with just one international game, or Amir Abedzadeh, with eleven.

Whoever is chosen, Iran, which landed in Qatar in the midst of the convulsive political situation in its territory, needs to add to reach the last game against the United States alive, a clash charged with diplomatic tension.

“I can only say that we either win or learn. We had the privilege of learning many things from the English team and now we are much better prepared to face Wales”, assured Queiroz. (D)

Source: Eluniverso

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