The Welsh team will play against Iran in the second round of the group stage of the World Cup in Qatar. The match will take place on November 25.
The team failed to defeat the U.S. (1-1) in the opening round of the World Cup, although they were trailing by as many as 82 minutes.
The Welsh won a ticket to the World Cup through additional qualifying matches. After exiting the group, the nominal visitors beat Austria 1:2, and then Ukraine, in the second case, they were only one goal away.
Including those ties and eight matches in the group, Wales lost only one game, while winning six. But for some reason in the League of Nations, the tournament that preceded the World Cup, the Dragons failed miserably.
If we talk about the most recent results, the Welsh came to the match against the U.S. with a series of three defeats. They lost to the Netherlands 2-3, Belgium 1-2 and Poland 0-1. Overall, the team is missing its sixth game in a row.
In the first match of the group round of the Qatari Mundial, the team suffered an outright defeat at the hands of England (2:6), although it scored two goals. The Iranian team, meanwhile, reached the World Cup finals for the third time in a row. In 2014 and 2018, the Iranians failed to advance from the group.
At the last World Cup in Russia, though, they came as close as possible to making the playoffs for the first time in their history. At that tournament, Iran defeated Morocco (1-0), drew with Portugal (1-1) and lost to Spain (0-1).
Iran has confidently qualified for the tournament. In the decisive round of qualification, Carlos Queiroz’s team took first place in the group, beating, among others, South Korea.
Wales concedes a lot: only one of ten games in 2022 has ended without a goal. Rob Paige’s team is averaging 1.4 goals per 90 minutes. Iran, on the other hand, has been a good attacker, scoring in eight out of ten games. Mehdi Taremi is in great form, having scored eight times in the last ten games for the national team and club. Also, Carlos Keirush can also count on Serdar Azmoun. This pair of Iranian forwards should be able to come up with something decent against a Wales defence that is not playing perfectly.