‘It sucks’: Gareth Bale admits Wales World Cup could be OVER after conceding twice in stoppage time after defeat to Iran… and claims goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey’s late red card ‘completely changed the game’
Gareth Bale has expressed disappointment at Wales’ late defeat to Iran.
After Wayne Hennessey was sent off for racing out of his goal and colliding with Mehdi Taremi, Iran scored twice deep into stoppage time to secure three vital points and move into second place in Group B.
Rob Page’s side came into the game needing a result to ensure their hopes of progressing past the group stage did not depend on a victory over England on Tuesday.
Gareth Bale has expressed disappointment after Wales conceded twice in stoppage time and lost to Iran
But the Wales captain insisted his team will remain ‘positive’ and tournament hopes depend on a victory over England.
Immediately after the match, the Wales captain could not hide his displeasure with the result.
‘It is stupid. There’s no other way to say it. We fought to the last second, it’s hard to take, but we have to recover and try again.
“We are all gutted. We have to get back on our feet immediately, it will be difficult, but we have to stay positive.
Asked if they can still progress in the league given they need to beat Gareth Southgate’s side and likely hope other results go their way, the 33-year-old acknowledged the difficulty of the task at hand.
“It will certainly be difficult. It depends on the other game, but we’ll see. The red card completely changes the game. We let the first in, and the second doesn’t matter. We recover and we go again.’
The 33-year-old also claimed sending off Wayne Hennessey ‘completely changed the game’
The Nottingham Forest star became just the third goalkeeper ever to see a red card in a World Cup final
With Wales forced to go on with ten men, Iran took their advantage and scored through Rouzbeh Cheshmi
Ramin Rezaeian scored a second goal deep in stoppage time to seal victory for Carlos Queiroz’s team
After a largely back and forth first 45 minutes, Carlos Queiroz’s side came out stronger after the break, forcing Wales to defend resolutely.
The turning point of the game would come when goalkeeper Hennessey became only the third ever stopper to receive a red card in a World Cup final.
With Aaron Ramsey falling in the 86th minute to make way for Danny Ward, Page’s side faced an uphill battle to get their desired result, and Iran capitalized on their advantage.
Rouzbeh Cheshmi broke the stalemate eight minutes into extra time before Ramin Rezaeian added a second just before the final whistle to put the result beyond doubt.