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World Cup roundup: Iran stuns Wales; Qatar eliminated

Field Level Media
26 Nov 2022, 04:55 GMT+10

Iran scored two goals in second-half stoppage time to hand Wales a devastating 2-0 loss in Group B action Friday at the World Cup in Qatar.

Roozbeh Cheshmi broke the deadlock in the 98th minute and Ramin Rezaeian scored in the 101st against a 10-man Welsh squad, which lost goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to a red card in the 86th minute.

Hennessey initially drew a yellow card after his high challenge against Mehdi Taremi, but the referee showed him the red card after a VAR check.

With three points going into Tuesday's game against the United States, Iran has a shot at advancing to the World Cup knockout stages for the first time.

--Senegal 3, Qatar 1

Senegal helped Qatar become the first team ousted from the World Cup. The host nation's 3-1 loss coupled with a Netherlands-Ecuador draw means Qatar cannot advance to the knockout stage from Group A.

Boulaye Dia put Senegal ahead at halftime with a goal in the 41st minute and Famara Diedhiou made it 2-0 with a header in the 48th.

Mohammed Muntari netted the first World Cup goal in Qatar's history in the 78th minute, heading home a cross from Ismail Mohamad.

Senegal substitute Bamba Dieng restored the two-goal cushion in the 84th minute.

--Netherlands 1, Ecuador 1

Enner Valencia's third goal of the tournament helped Ecuador earn a draw with the Dutch in Group A, thereby eliminating host Qatar.

Cody Gakpo put the Netherlands ahead with a quick strike in the sixth minute.

After having the apparent equalizer overturned by VAR just before the half, Valencia leveled the match in the 49th minute.

Valencia scored twice in a 2-0 win against Qatar in the opening match of the World Cup.

Netherlands and Ecuador are tied atop Group A with four points, with Senegal one point back in third place.

--Field Level Media

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