Iran could have backup goalkeeper in opposition to Wales and star Bale
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand will miss the World Cup match in opposition to Wales with a concussion, giving possible substitute Hossein Hosseini a tall job in opposition to star Gareth Bale.
Iran, in final place in Group B after a 6-2 loss to England, performs Wales on Friday at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.
Hosseini already confronted a frightening opponent in Qatar when he entered the sport after Beiranvand was stretchered off within the first half of the tournament-opening loss on Monday earlier than England had opened the scoring.
Beiranvand was allowed to proceed enjoying by Iran’s coaching employees after a collision with a teammate, however later collapsed to the sphere and was taken to a neighborhood hospital.
Iran had solely stated Beiranvand had a nostril damage and that the goalkeeper was again with the staff Tuesday whereas sporting a masks.
However Beiravnand was identified with a concussion, so he’d be dominated out beneath the organizing physique’s return-to-play measures. Iran head coach Carlos Quieroz confirmed at a pre-match press convention that Beiranvand wouldn’t play.
The coach stated protection could be a complete staff effort, with out particularly naming his starter for Wales.
“It is medical protocol that we need to respect,” Quieroz stated. “He will not play tomorrow, but he will be ready for the next game.”
Bale transformed on a penalty kick within the 82nd minute to earn Wales a 1-1 draw with the US in its opener.
The draw gave Wales some extent in its first World Cup match since 1958 and a shot on the knockout spherical inside attain. Bale, who performed for Main League Soccer’s LAFC this previous season, now has 41 targets in 109 worldwide appearances.
Bale struggled with accidents and health for a lot of the yr, however scored on a header for LAFC within the MLS Cup championship earlier this month. LAFC received on a penalty shootout after a 3-3 draw with Philadelphia.
Together with his subsequent look, Bale could have probably the most appearances on Wales’ nationwide staff with 110, surpassing teammate Chris Gunter.
He isn’t Wales’ solely risk. Kieffer Moore, a striker for Bournemouth, might make his first World Cup begin. Moore was a second-half sub in opposition to the US and instantly made an impression.
Joe Allen has handed his health exams and is able to play, coach Robert Web page stated. The Swansea midfielder missed the opener due to a hamstring damage.
Iran, which certified for the final two World Cups, hasn’t ever superior to the knockout spherical. And it doesn’t seem the staff will undergo this yr, both.
Iran’s journey to Qatar has been clouded by unrest at house. The nation, which sits throughout the Persian Gulf from Qatar, has been rocked by protests following the demise of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died whereas being held by morality police for allegedly violating the nation’s obligatory costume code for girls.
Activists known as for Iran to be expelled from the World Cup earlier than the match began. Of their opener, the Iranians didn’t sing the nation’s nationwide anthem in an obvious present of solidarity with protestors.
Laborious-line Iranian media sought in charge the loss to England on the unrest. The every day Kayhan stated Iran’s rout got here after “weeks of unfair and unprecedented psychological warfare against the team … from domestic and foreign-based traitors.”
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