TEN-MAN Wales suffered World Cup heartache thanks to Iran’s stunning 99th-minute winner.

Rouzbeh Cheshmi’s sweet strike beat replacement goalkeeper Danny Ward – then Ramin Rezaeian added another in the 101th.

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Wayne Hennessey was sent off for clattering Mehdi Taremi[/caption]

There was no doubt in the referee’s mind after watching the replay
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The Dragons rarely threatened in the baking heat at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.

Instead it was their Asian opponents who came closest to grabbing the opening goal of the game – but were denied twice by the woodwork and a sprawling Wayne Hennessey within ten mad seconds.

Hennessey tipped another one round the post but was then sent off for a wild challenge that wiped out Mehdi Taremi.

The referee initially showed a yellow card – but changed his mind when he went over to the VAR screen to watch the replay to show the first red of the World Cup.

Kieffer Moore’s early header hit the goalkeeper before Ali Gholizadeh’s goal was ruled out for offside in a tame first half.

But deep into injury time, Chesmi let fly and beat Ward before Ramin chipped over for 2-0.

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The red wall was out in full voice in the baking heat
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Ali Gholizadeh’s goal was ruled out for offside
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Neco Williams took a whack in the first half
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It was a nervy watch for Rob Page in the dugout
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Wales know they may need to beat England to get through to the knockout stages
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