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Cesmi’s goal in stoppage time gives Iran a second-half victory over Wales

AL RAYAN, Qatar (AP) — Rouzbeh Cheshmi broke the scoreless stalemate with a goal in the eighth minute of stoppage time as Iran beat Wales 2-0 in the World Cup on Friday.

Cesmi’s strike from outside the box was just over the diving reach of Welsh backup goalkeeper Danny Ward, who was forced into duty when starter Wayne Hennessy was sent off in the 86th minute.

Iran cheered loudly when Ramin Rezaian added his second goal shortly afterward, but some Welsh players were in disbelief on the pitch.

Hennessy was sent off in the 86th minute for a high challenge to Mehdi Taremi.

Gareth Bale made his 110th appearance for Wales, a record for the most appearances for the national team, but Wales looked sluggish early on after a 1-1 draw with the United States in their Group B opener.

The match came after pro-government fans harassed opposition fans outside a stadium in Qatar.

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Cesmi’s goal in stoppage time gives Iran a second-half victory over Wales

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