The second round of group-stage fixtures at the World Cup get underway this morning as Wales face Iran in a crucial Group B clash. After drawing with the USA in their opening match, Rob Page’s side know it really has to be a win here to give themselves a realistic chance of reaching the last-16, ahead of their meeting with England next week.
Wales were poor in the first half against the USA, before Gareth Bale’s penalty salvaged what could prove to be a pivotal point. It was a concerning display initially though, one that was improved by Kieffer Moore’s introduction at half-time and he has surely done enough to earn his place in the starting lineup here. Bale, meanwhile, will become Wales’ most-capped international ever with his 110th appearance.
As for Iran, Carlos Queiroz has done his best, unsuccessfully, to keep his focus on the football amid attention on the protests at home. On the pitch it was incredibly poor against England, with goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand out today. Follow all the action live below with expert analysis from Malik Ouzia at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.
Where to watch Wales vs Iran
TV channel: Today’s game will be broadcast live free-to-air on BBC One and Welsh language channel S4C in the UK.
Live stream: The BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and S4C online (all free with a subscription) will all offer live streams for fans online, meanwhile.
Welcome to Wales vs Iran LIVE coverage!
Good morning and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of a crucial World Cup morning for Wales.
A win against Iran in Al Rayyan today would give Rob Page’s side a huge chance of qualifying for the last-16 on their first appearance at this level since 1958 following Monday’s battling comeback draw with the USA.
However, anything less than three points would be tough to take for Gareth Bale and Co, with the small matter of a showdown with old rivals England looming large in Group B on Tuesday evening.
Kick-off today is at 10am GMT, so follow live updates right here with Standard Sport, featuring expert analysis from Malik Ouzia at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
Before then we’ll have match build-up, all the latest team news and much more.