Wales at the World Cup: Held by USA, undone by Iran and outclassed by England

Wales At The World Cup: Held By Usa, Undone By Iran And Outclassed By England
Wales captain Gareth Bale and his team-mates applaud the fans after their World Cup exit was confirmed by a 3-0 defeat to England on Tuesday, © PA Wire/PA Images
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By Phil Blanche, PA, Doha

Wales’ first World Cup for 64 years proved a disappointment as they exited at the first round stage.

Robert Page’s side scored one just goal in Qatar as they finished bottom of a group also containing England, Iran and the United States.


Here, the PA news agency looks at how Wales’ sorry campaign unfolded.

Wales 1 United States 1 – November 21

USA v Wales – FIFA World Cup 2022 – Group B – Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
Gareth Bale (second left) celebrates scoring Wales’ only goal of the 2022 World Cup against the United States (Nick Potts/PA)

Wales had not been on the World Cup finals stage since Pele settled a 1958 quarter-final in Brazil’s favour.


It was a flat first-half show from Wales as the USA dominated and Timothy Weah’s clinical 36th-minute strike was the least the Americans deserved.

The half-time introduction of Kieffer Moore sparked Wales, who were far better after the break.

Wales won a point when Gareth Bale was brought down eight minutes from time and the captain got up to smash home his 41st international goal.

Wales 0 Iran 2 – November 25

Wales v Iran – FIFA World Cup 2022 – Group B – Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
Replacement goalkeeper Danny Ward is beaten by Iran’s Ramin Rezaeian in Wales’ 2-0 defeat (Mike Egerton/PA)

Wales’ World Cup came crashing down as Iran recovered from their opening 6-2 mauling to England.

Iran dominated and had a goal disallowed and twice hit a post before a dramatic finale at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.

Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was sent off four minutes from time after rushing from his box and clattering into Iran forward Mehdi Taremi.


Wales were left clinging on for a point, but Rouzbeh Cheshmi struck a beauty from 20 yards in the eighth minute of stoppage time and Ramin Rezaeian immediately rubbed salt into Welsh wounds.

Wales 0 England 3 – November 29

Wales v England – FIFA World Cup 2022 – Group B – Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
Marcus Rashford fires home England’s third goal in their 3-0 victory over Wales (Adam Davy/PA)

Wales needed to beat England for the first time in 38 years to stand any chance of making the knockout phase.


But Wales managed only 35 per cent possession and one shot on target as England secured a seventh straight win in the fixture.

Bale did not reappear for the second period after a scoreless first half and England soon swept into a two-goal lead through Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden.

Rashford added a third before Wales players and staff took a final bow in front of their adoring supporters.

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