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LIVE Wales vs Iran FIFA World Cup: Hennessey shown red; WAL 0-0 IRN




Follow all live updates from the FIFA World Cup Group B clash between Wales and Iran.


With nine minutes of stoppage time, Wales are struggling to weather this Iranian onslaught.


Iran’s hunt for three points continues as Danny Ward comes under the bar for Wales. Taremi gets room to shoot, but his shot misses by inches.


Hennessey has to get off his line after a long ball and it’s a foul on Taremi and a red card for him after a VAR check. This is the first red card of the tournament


Hennessey gives away possession cheaply but Iran can’t make him pay for his mistake. Wales finally come into play and it’s Ben Davies with the shot. Hosseini has to be on the ball to push it away.


The heat reaches the player as many appear to be convulsing. Jahanbakhsh is introduced as Iran continues to push for a victor.


Ezatolahi with a long-range shot and Hennessey desperately dives for a fingertip save. Wales survives again.


Ezatolahi tries to find a man in the back post. But the header back is too close to Hennessey. Iran is still in it, but it’s not happening for the Asian side yet.


Wales are trying to get back into the game. A few passes down the right flank but no penetration through that side. Azmoun will eventually be removed due to gameplay slowing down a bit.


Iranian fans love the performance their team put on today. Iran are on their way with another attack before being nudged to the corner. Hennessey can’t make it work this time.


Dan James was introduced as Wales seek to reverse the trend. Azmoun is down again and his game seems to be over.


Iran with some skillful passes to get into the box. Another shot is blocked. Iran’s momentum increases with every passing moment as Wales make two changes.


IRAN IS COMING NEAR!!!!! First it’s Azmoun who hits the post and then Gholizadeh takes it and smashes one up and that one hits the bat too and Taremi’s header rebound goes straight for Hennessy. An absurd game phase.


Azmoun is down after a lateral barge from Nico Williams. He’s back soon enough as Iran continue to push for an opener.


Wales are hoping for a much-improved second-half performance. Iran initiates the process.


Rezaeian tries to thread a through ball for Gholizadeh, but misses the pass. Added four minutes. Bale drops lower to affect the game. Rezaeian with a first cross for Azmoun who couldn’t put in enough effort to reach it. Another chance is lost for Iran. Rodon gets the first yellow card of the day for a foul on Taremi. Iran up the pressure but with no reward and that was it for the first half and Iran was the dominant force.


Wales are doubling down on the left flank but are yet to find happiness there. Iran wins a free kick and Hajsafi tries to go deep but doesn’t find the right man. Moore with a deft touch to set Wilson up, but his shot is blocked, winning the game’s first corner. Hosseini comes out of his line to concede the corner for the first time.


Iran would love to convert their dominance into a goal. Ramsey finds Nico Williams in the room and he had a chance to cross the ball. But his first touch was bad and that was a missed opportunity.


Ramsey with a free kick from deep, but he doesn’t put the ball in a dangerous area. Apart from that effort from Moore, Wales haven’t stretched the Iranian defense in this game.


Bale tries spectacularly but the shot lacked the power to go past Hosseini. Iran looks dangerous in counterattack.


Iran tries to break through on a counterattack but Taremi runs out of space to place a shot. Azmoun is injured on the ground.


Iran’s turn to deploy a set piece. It’s a free kick from the central area. Azmoun manages to rise the highest and beheads it, but it’s far. Wales are trying to build from the back and the Iranian front manages to push them to make mistakes at the back.


Bale wins a free kick for Wales near the right touchline. Wilson to take it but Hosseini smacks it away. Iran break away on a counterattack but this time they are unable to get past Wales’ defence.


Iran effortlessly passes its way past Wales. Azmoun sets up Gholizadeh for a tap in and he duly follows up. But the referee called it offside. Wales gets a stroke of luck.


Wales is finally getting into the rhythm. Cross from the right and Moore reacts first. He tries to pocket it but Hosseini is rock solid in goal as he smashes it away. Moore is down afterwards with a possible injury and receiving medical attention.


Azmoun with the first shot of the game for Iran. Tame effort and straight onto Hennessey. Great intensity from Iran early in the game.


Iran peppers the Welsh defense with long balls from the right flank. Rodon has to head the ball back to the keeper to prevent Taremi from getting on such a long ball. Crosses are flying in for Iran from both wings.


Wales with the first attack of the game. Wilson finds Williams in space, but his curler hasn’t fully deflected. The first shot of the game.


Five changes for Iran, who appear to be recovering from a difficult defeat by England. Wales will try to continue their winning ways.


Iranian players sing their national anthems and the game is about to kick off.


Wales captain Gareth Bale becomes the all-time record player, overtaking team-mate Chris Gunter, who is on the bench for tonight’s game.

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Wales: Hennessy; Mepham, Rodon, Davies; Roberts, Ramsey, Ampadu, Wilson, Williams; bales; Moore

Iran: Hosseini; Rezaeian, Pouraliganji, Hosseini, Mohammadi; Gholizadeh, Nourollahi, Afagh, Hajsafi; Taremi, Azmun


With goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand likely to be sidelined after a horrific injury in the World Cup opener in Iran, substitute Hossein Hosseini has a big task against Wales and star Gareth Bale.

Iran, bottom of Group B after a 6-2 defeat by England, meet Wales at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium on Friday.

Hosseini was already up against a formidable opponent in Qatar when Beiranvand was sent off in the first half of the tournament’s opening defeat on Monday before England had scored their first goal.

Beiranvand was allowed to continue playing after colliding with a teammate from the Iranian coaching staff, but later collapsed on the field and was taken to a local hospital.


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Iran did not comment on his status, other than that he had a nose injury, was back with the team and had undergone testing.

The injury drew attention to FIFA’s concussion protocol. If Beiranvand is found to have had a concussion, he would be ruled out under FIFA’s return-to-play rules.

Iran’s head coach Carlos Quieroz was pragmatic after the defeat.

“We win or learn. We’ve had the privilege of learning a lot of things with the England team,” he said. “And I will conclude by saying that we are now much better prepared to play Wales.”

Bale converted a penalty in the 82nd minute to give Wales a 1-1 draw with the United States in their opening game.

The tie put Wales a point in their first World Cup game since 1958 and a knockout chance within reach. Bale, who played for Major League Soccer’s LAFC last season, has now scored 41 goals in 109 caps.

Bale has struggled with injuries and fitness for most of the year but scored in a header for LAFC in the MLS Cup championship earlier this month. LAFC won on penalties after a 3-3 draw against Philadelphia.

He’s not the only threat facing Wales. Bournemouth striker Kieffer Moore could make his first World Cup appearance. Moore came on as a second-half substitute against the United States and made an immediate impression.

“He made a huge difference for us,” said Wales head coach Rob Page.


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Iran, who qualified for the last two World Cups, have never made it to the knockout stage. And it doesn’t appear that the team will last this year either.

Iran’s trip to Qatar was overshadowed by unrest at home. The nation, which lies across from the Persian Gulf, Qatar has been rocked by protests following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died while being held by morality police for allegedly flouting the country’s mandatory dress code for women.

Activists called for Iran to be excluded from the World Cup before the tournament began. When it opened, Iranians did not sing the country’s national anthem to show their solidarity with the protesters.

Stubborn Iranian media tried to blame the riots for the loss to England. The daily Kayhan said Iran’s defeat came after “weeks of unfair and unprecedented psychological warfare against the team…of domestic and foreign traitors.”


Where will the opening game between Wales and Iran be kicked off?

The match between Wales and Iran will be kicked off at the Ahmed Bil Ali Stadium.

When will the World Cup opener between Wales and Iran kick off?

The Wales v Iran game will kick off at 3:30am IST on 25 November 2022.

Where can you watch Wales vs Iran game in India?

The World Cup opening match between Wales and Iran will be streamed live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. On Android and iOS, the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be streamed live on JioCinema.

Where can you watch the Wales v Iran game outside of India?

The list below shows where you can watch the Wales v Iran game outside of India:

United States – TV: FOX, Telemundo; Live Stream: fuboTV, Fox Sports App, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo

Canada – Television: CTV, TSN; Live stream: fuboTV, TSN app

United Kingdom – Television: BBC One; Live stream: BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website

Australia – TV: SBS; Live Stream: SBS On Demand

New Zealand – TV: Sky Sports; Live streaming: Sky Sport

Malaysia – TV: RTM, Astro; Live Stream: Astro Go

Singapore – TV: Mediacorp Channel 5; Live Stream: StarHub TV+, IPTV, Singlet TV

Hong Kong – TV: BeIN Sports, ITV; Live Stream: Now TV, ViuTV

Nigeria – SuperSport and Showmax Pro


Ruturaj’s transformation: From back-bencher to leading light who hits seven sixes in one over




Whenever Ruturaj Gaikwad dons the Chennai Super Kings jersey, he enjoys hanging out with Mike Hussey. For a player who describes himself as an introvert and has a very close circle of friends, it’s not surprising that he uses Hussey as a sounding board. Gaikwad liked the way Hussey played – both the technique and the game plan.

The bond has strengthened over the seasons, as Gaikwad transitioned from a backbencher to an Orange Cap-winning opener with the Super Kings. There are similarities between the two. On Monday, Gaikwad posted his personal best, an unbeaten 220 in Maharashtra’s quarter-final win over Uttar Pradesh in the Vijay Hazare Trophy at Gujarat’s Narendra Modi Stadium.

And along the way, when he hit seven sixes in an over-off left-arm spinner Shiva Singh, there were shadows of Hussey beating Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal in the 2010 World T20 semifinals in the Caribbean.

None of Gaikwad’s sixes were hit with power, instead they were all simply lofted over the boundary rope, relying on timing.

Gaikwad’s explosive batting came in the 49th over of Maharashtra’s innings when he made the left arm attack on the spinner to loot 43 runs in the over. The over consisted of seven deliveries, as one of them was a no-ball. Each of them was sent over the rope. It is now the Indian List A record and surpasses the 35 runs conceded in an over by Hyderabad‘sDB Ravi Teja 2009-10 bowling for Kerala’s Raiphi Gomes. There was only one other instance of a bowler conceding 43 runs in an over when Central Districts’ Willem Ludjck was taken to the clean by the Northern Districts batsmen in New Zealand.

And not one of Gaikwad’s shots was crossed over. They were hit between mid-off and mid-wicket as suggested in the coaching manual. There was no anger at being banned from the white ball tours in India. There was no fist pumping or room for curses at the end.

There was only a smile and a hug from his partner on the other end.

Now Gaikwad didn’t have to wait as long as Hussey to be selected for the national team. The left-handed Australian waited almost a decade since his first-class debut to even be given an ODI cap. Gaikwad has already received its T20I and ODI caps, and even a test cap definitely remains a possibility given the transition coming up in a year.

Look at these numbers. Since the last edition of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Gaikwad has scored 136 (112 balls), 154 (143), 124 (129), 21 (18), 168 (132), 124 (123), 40 (42) in his eight innings and 220 no (159).

“Score karna padega, Saar (must score sir),” says Mohan Jadhav, Gaikwad’s personal trainer. “Consistency has always been his forte since cricket in the age group. If you take 10 innings, he’ll do well in 6-7 innings. The only consistency he needs now is a handful of games before he makes the national team. Not a game here or there. Players need to be picked consistently, and that’s how they will perform. There’s no use complaining or feeling sad because you don’t get a chance. Every game is an opportunity to score, only the level varies. And if you’re desperate, chances are you’re moving further away from it. And the boy is modest and not complicated,” says Jadhav.

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They are beginning to see a different Gaikwad among his Maharashtra teammates this season. Whether it’s setting the training schedule or the game plan, the 25-year-old is the one who plans everything, so much so that some players even see him as a manager at times.

Instead of regular training sessions, Gaikwad changed times given the early start of the games. The morning sessions would start at 7am with warm-up exercises before match simulations starting at 8.30am lasting three hours. There is an hour and a half break before the usual web sessions begin. It’s an aspect that players are starting to like.

“He has become our everything,” says Azim Kazi, Maharashtra’s all-rounder. “We learn new things. He changed the whole lineup and our preparation. Even in the hotel we are together as a team. For example, he always left his hotel room open and we can ask him for help for everything. When a player has problems, he is the first to point it out off the field and tell how to fix it. What’s more impressive is his game plan and how he’s identified a role for everyone and used us judiciously,” Kazi added.

This quality of Gaikwad made her do it Chennai Super Kings to rate him highly. After that, there’s whispering in the Super Kings camp Ravindra Jadeja‘s unsuccessful stint as captain last season that MS Dhoni establishes Gaikwad as the heir apparent.

And among Maharashtra players there is a certain level of belief that nowadays they can see many dhoni characteristics in the workings of gaikwad. Whether it’s staying calm under pressure, or getting the message across silently, or supporting players who are struggling, there are players who will go above and beyond when Gaikwad asks them to. During their group stage, which was played at Ranchi, Gaikwad even visited Dhoni several times along with Mukesh Choudary and Kedar Jadhav. The former India captain even met the whole squad during their stay in his hometown.

“When Dhoni Bhai spoke it literally felt like it was Gaikwad. The things he said were similar to what Rutu told us. Since he’s been part of CSK he’s been able to interact with Dhoni Bhai and he’s passed on to us, but there are certainly a few similarities. We’ve all read and heard how Dhoni Bhai leads the team and that’s exactly what Gaikwad did here,” adds Kazi.

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How can the Minnesota Vikings clinch the NFC North in Week 13?




The Minnesota Vikings can win the NFC North in Week 13 thanks in part to the Packers’ Sunday Night Football loss.

Minnesota point difference suggests they could struggle in the postseason, but the remaining schedule could give them the first seed in the NFC should the Eagles falter.

The Vikings are imprison on a playoff spot thanks to a trio of division rivals who have disappointed so far in 2022. Namely, Green Bay was supposed to win the NFC North ahead of the regular season, but Aaron Rodgers and an exhausted receiving corps looked like a shell of their 2021 form. Rodgers might have a foot out the door himself.

For Minnesota to win in Week 13, they don’t have to worry about the Packers. In fact, it’s the Detroit Lions game that Vikings fans should watch next Sunday.

How Vikings can win the NFC North

Minnesota could be just a week away from winning the division. The clinch scenario isn’t too complicated, and should the Lions delay a celebration by a week, it won’t mean much at the end of the season.

Here’s how the Vikings can win the NFC North:

  1. Defeat the New York Jets in week 13
  2. Lions have to lose to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 13

In the end it’s actually quite simple. A win and a loss in Detroit means pay dirt for Kevin O’Connell, Kirk Cousins ​​and Co.

A loss for the Lions against the Jaguars is actually quite doable. Detroit itself is only 4-7 and has plenty of defensive holes despite the pressure on the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving. Jacksonville picked up an upset win after overcoming a two-point deficit against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12 that left Lamar Jackson infinitely frustrated.

For the Vikings, it’s a question of when, not if, they will become NFC North champions.

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Can the Browns make the playoffs?




Do the 4-7 Browns still have enough in the tank to make it through the postseason?

Cleveland’s tight end David Njoku believes the team has a chance.

“We’re not giving up. Everyone wants to write us off, but that doesn’t mean anything to us,” Njoku told reporters after the game.

Cleveland has reinforcements as QB Deshaun Watson is ‘officially back and active’ according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The Browns may have been written off if the team failed to win the overtime win over the Buccaneers in Week 12. Head coach Kevin Stefanski gave QB Jacoby Brissett a cue ball after his last start.

“He believes in this dressing room. He believes in this team and I rate 7 for everything he’s done.” said Stefanski to the team.

Cleveland’s path into the postseason may seem difficult, but it’s possible. Four of the remaining six opponents currently have losing records or they have already defeated.

The Browns’ best shot might be to steal a wild card spot from the Bengals or Jets, each at 7-4.

However, the AFC North is still available. Cleveland is 2-1 in the division and still meets the Bengals, Ravens and Steelers.

Can the Browns make the comeback to reach the playoffs, or is Watson’s return a little late?

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