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World Cup Preview: Wales v Iran

WALES have arrived at the World Cup and their point in the opening game has given them something to build on ahead of their second game.

Their first half performance against the USA saw them go a goal behind but a much better second half saw them deservedly take a point from their first World Cup game for 64 years.

That game was only played on Monday and their second game is now just under 24 hours away.

It is a big game for Wales and they will want nothing less than a win.

They come up against an Iran side who were thumped 6-2 by England in their opening game and Wales will be desperate to get the three points on the board.

With England taking on the USA later in the day, a win will put Wales on four points going into their final game against England.

Four points has occasionally been enough to see a team through to the second round in the past and if Wales were to suffer defeat to England they will have to hope that USA don’t win their final group game against Iran by a sizeable amount.

Wales take on Iran at 10am on Friday morning at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.

While they may have been beaten, Iran’s two goals against England will show that they are no pushovers and Wales will need to be on their guard throughout the game.

Mehdi Taremi’s two goals have outlined what a threat he is and the Porto striker will be looking to add to his tally on Friday.

Harry Wilson has said Wales will need to be ready for Iran’s response, to their opening game defeat, and said they will need to be on form to get the three points.

The introduction of Kieffer Moore on Monday changed the game for Wales and he will be hoping he will be in line for a start on Friday.

Moore was playing non-league football less than a decade ago and he said it will be a ‘proud moment’ if he gets the nod to start on Friday.

There is good news for Wales too as midfielder Joe Allen has rejoined training but the Iran game may come too soon for the Swansea City star.

It promises to be an exciting game and Wales will once again be backed by an army of travelling fans.