LIVE: Wales, Iran Continue Play in USA’s World Cup Group #breakingnews.
After coming back to draw the U.S. men’s national team, Wales returns to action against an Iran side that was humbled by England to open Group B play at the 2022 World Cup.
Team Melli fell 6–2, dropping all three points and putting itself into a considerable goal-differential hole in the process. Wales, meanwhile, secured a 1–1 draw in its opener against the Americans thanks to Gareth Bale’s late penalty kick. Given that the U.S. plays later Friday and has just that one point, a Wales win in this match would put considerable pressure on the U.S. to get something out of its showdown vs. England or risk going into the final day of group play with a mountain to climb to get out of it.
DEFENDERS: Ethan Ampadu (Spezia), Ben Cabango (Swansea City), Ben Davies (Tottenham), Chris Gunter (Wimbledon), Tom Lockyer (Luton Town), Chris Mepham (Bournemouth), Connor Roberts (Burnley), Joe Rodon (Rennes), Nico Williams (Nottingham Forest)
MIDFIELDERS: Joe Allen (Swansea City), Rubin Colwill (Cardiff City), Dylan Levitt (Dundee United), Joe Morrell (Portsmouth), Aaron Ramsey (Nice), Matthew Smith (Milton Keynes Dons), Sorba Thomas (Huddersfield Town), Jonny Williams (Swindon Town), Harry Wilson (Fulham)
DEFENDERS: Rouzbeh Cheshmi (Esteghlal), Ehsan Hajsafi (AEK Athens), Majid Hosseini (Kayserispor), Abolfazl Jalali (Esteghlal), Hossein Kanaanizadegan (Al-Ahli), Shojae Khalilzadeh (Al-Ahli), Milad Mohammadi (AEK Athens), Sadegh Moharrami (Dinamo Zagreb), Morteza Pouraliganji (Persepolis), Ramin Rezaeian (Sepahan)
MIDFIELDERS: Vahid Amiri (Persepolis), Saeid Ezatolahi (Vejle), Saman Ghoddos (Brentford), Ali Gholizadeh (Charleroi), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Feyenoord), Ali Karimi (Kayserispor), Ahmad Nourollahi (Shabab Al-Ahli), Mehdi Torabi (Persepolis)