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Queiroz’s Iran Beat Wales In Injury Time, US Hold England

England and USA played to a goalless draw while Carlos Queiroz’s Iran beat a toothless Wales earlier in the day.

Iran 2-0 Wales

Carlos Queiroz’s Iran beat Iran with two goals in injury-time against Wales early kick-off in Group B on Friday.

Iran had the ball in the back of the net but Ali Gholizadeh’s goal was ruled out for offside after VAR review.

It was the only real chance in a first half that was low on quality and goalscoring opportunities.

Iran hit the woodwork twice in the 52nd minute, with Sardar Azmoun first hitting the right post before Gholizadeh curled the rebound on the left post, with Azmoun unable to convert the the rebound from close range.

Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey denied Saeid Ezatolahi with a great save, pushing the ball around the post in the 74th minute.

Ben Davies had a great chance in the 83rd minute but this time it was Iran goalkeeper Seyed Hossein Hosseini who came up with a superb save.

Just a minute later, Wales goalkeeper Hennessey was sent off for a dangerous tackle against Mehdi Taremi outside of his own box.

However, Iran did eventually find a breakthrough, when Roozbeh Cheshmi scored with a superb shot from outside the box to hand Iran the three points.

Queiroz’s men even netted another via Ramin Rezaeian in the 11th minute of injury-time after a superb counter.

England 0-0 USA

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England and USA played to drab goalless draws in this FIFA World Cup Group G match at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor on Friday night.

They matched each other for the large part of the game but USA shaded things a bit in the first half.

With this draw, England remain top of the group with four points after two matches, while USA are third with two points, one behind Iran, who beat bottom-placed Wales earlier today.

England came to this game having hammered Iran 6-2 in their opening group match, while USA were held 1-1 by Wales – with all these games taking place on Monday.

These two sides were meeting for the third time in the World Cup finals, with USA having beaten England 72 years ago and drawing them in 2010 World Cup in SA in the group stages.  

As it was a very intriguing first half and both sides matching each other, USA’s exuberant and energetic approach, which you will expect from a young side, troubled England.   

They created better chances – and Weston McKenie and Christian Pulisic missed two good ones in the first half.

The USA continued to probe England, putting them on the back foot, full of confidence and growing in belief but they could not find the breakthrough.

Both sides will be content with the draw, as England will face a desperate Welsh side and USA facing Iran, with these games taking place on Tuesday simultaneously.

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