Gareth Bale has said it was “gutting” to suffer a last-gasp 2-0 defeat against Iran in their World Cup Group B fixture on Friday.
Wales’ first World Cup for 64 years looks set to end at the first hurdle after they suffered a heartbreaking — but deserved — defeat when substitute Rouzbeh Cheshmi struck from 20 yards deep into added time.
Ramin Rezaeian later finished off a counter-attack to seal victory for a revitalised Iran side who have renewed hope of reaching the knockout stages for the first time in their history.
The tie turned on its head after Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was sent off for a clumsy challenge in the second half, the first red card of this World Cup.
And after the game, Bale told reporters that the defeat was “difficult to take”.
“It is gutting,” he said.
“We are gutted. We fought until the last second. It is difficult to take. We have to recover and go again. We have to pick ourselves up right away. It’s going to be difficult [vs England] for sure and it depends on the other game.
Wales face a tough test in their next match against old rivals England. Iran, meanwhile, will take on the US. Both matches take place Tuesday, November 29 at 7pm GMT / 2pm ET / 11am PT.
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