Wales 0-0 Iran LIVE! World Cup 2022 match stream, latest score and goal updates today
The second round of group-stage fixtures at the World Cup get underway this morning as Wales face Iran in a crucial Group B clash. After drawing with the USA in their opening match, Rob Page’s side know it really has to be a win here to give themselves a realistic chance of reaching the last-16, ahead of their meeting with England next week.
Wales were poor in the first half against the USA, before Gareth Bale’s penalty salvaged what could prove to be a pivotal point. It was a concerning display initially though, one that was improved by Kieffer Moore’s introduction at half-time and he has done enough to earn his place in the starting lineup here. Bale, meanwhile, will become Wales’ most-capped international ever with his 110th appearance.
As for Iran, Carlos Queiroz has done his best, unsuccessfully, to keep his focus on the football amid attention on the protests at home. On the pitch it was incredibly poor against England, with goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand out today. Follow all the action live below with expert analysis from Malik Ouzia at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.
3 mins: That’s a decent hit by Neco Williams, the right-footed left-back cutting inside and curling towards goal from all of 25 yards.
Over the bar.
2 mins: Yep, a huge number of empty seats in the ground for this one, as we’re off to a fairly scrappy start.
Right, let’s go!
Less than 10 minutes until kick off now. We’ll shortly have the teams out, the anthems (watch out for that trademark Welsh passion) and then we’ll be off and running.
Even by this World Cup’s pretty poor standards, there are staggering numbers of empty seats around as the teams emerge for the anthems.
All eyes on Azmoun
Sardar Azmoun is the rockstar of Iranian football and after struggling with injury in the build-up to the England game, was only fit enough for a place on the pitch. The Bayer Leverkusen man is in from the start today though as one of five changes from Carlos Queiroz and his name got by some margin the biggest ovation when the teams were read out just now.
Some match and Group B odds for you here courtesy of Betfair with both these two teams in desperate need of a victory today.
Betfair: Wales vs Iran match odds
- Wales: 23/20
- Draw: 21/10
- Iran: 29/10
Betfair: To qualify from Group B
- England: 1/50
- USA: 10/11
- Wales: 6/5
- Iran: 4/1
Our man on the ground Malik Ouzia is in place at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.
Right, building towards kick off in Qatar and it’s set to be another really busy day of World Cup action. As well as this 10am (GMT) kick off, we have England versus USA at 7pm in the same group. Standard Sport will also have live coverage of:
- Qatar vs Senegal (1pm GMT)
- Netherlands vs Ecuador (4pm GMT)
Cancel your plans and settle yourself in.
Iran team news
Here’s the lineup Carlos Queiroz has named…
Hosseini; Rezaeian, Pouraliganji, Hosseini, Mohammadi; Gholizadeh, Nourollahi, Ezatollahi, Hajsafi; Azmoun, Taremi.
No real surprises in that Wales lineup, in truth. As harsh as it may be on Fulham winger James, Rob Page’s side were simply more effective with Moore.
They’ll be boosted by the presence of ultra-experienced Joe Allen on the bench after injury.