Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is sent off for WILD Kung-Fu kick on Iran star Mehdi Taremi during World Cup clash in Qatar
Wayne Hennessey has been sent off in Wales’ crunch clash with Iran for a horrendous kung-fu kick on his Iran opponent.
As Mehdi Taremi was running through on goal, the Welsh keeper came racing off his line to clear the ball. However, the Nottingham Forest star missed the ball completely and instead made high contact with the striker’s face.
Guatemalan referee Mario Alberto Escobar Toca initially brandished a yellow card in the 35-year-old’s direction, before VAR advised him to take a look at the incident again on the pitchside monitor.
Wayne Hennessey was sent off for this reckless challenge on his Iranian opponent on Friday
The goalkeeper kicked Mehdi Taremi in the face while he challenged for the ball in Qatar
After consulting VAR, the referee decided to give Hennessey a red card and he was sent off
Upon further inspection, he overruled his original decision and sent Hennessey off, leaving Rob Page’s side down to 10 men for the remainder of the game.
The Wales boss hauled Aaron Ramsey off the pitch and replaced him with back-up stopper Danny Ward, and will be left with a selection headache for their final Group B clash against England.
Hennessey’s red card makes him the first player to be sent off at the 2022 tournament.
And there was late heartache for Gareth Bale & Co as the Iranians scored two late goals to all-but dump the Welsh out of the competition.
Wales opened the tournament with a tentative performance against the United States on Monday, with captain Bale scoring a late penalty to rescue a point.
But the two dramatic goals from Iran leaves Wales on the brink of elimination, with Page’s side requiring an unlikely victory over England and results elsewhere to go their way to qualify for the knockouts.
More to follow.