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Gareth Bale is “eviscerated” after Wales lost to Iran by two goals in injury time

Wayne Hennessy’s disastrous sending off for Wales against Iran has seen him ridiculed on social media and compared to a kung fu king and a dropkick WWE wrestler.

The Welsh goalkeeper saw red after wiping out Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi with a knee in a challenge more suited to a UFC ring than a World Cup stadium.

Gareth Bale admitted he’s “burned out” after Wales’ World Cup dreams were all but over when two Iran goals in injury time doomed them to a 2-0 defeat.

Shortly after Hennessy was sent off, Iran scored two late goals in the second half in which Iran hit both posts within seconds before taking a deserved three points.

But after salvaging a point against USA in Wales’ opening game, captain Bale was unable to repeat the feat.

He told the BBC: “It’s annoying, we’re gutted, there’s no other way to say it. We fought until the last second, but it’s hard to take.

“But we have to pick ourselves up immediately, it’s going to be difficult, but we still have one game to play. We’ll have to see. What can I say? We will recover and we have to go again.’

Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was sent off in the second half for a reckless tackle that saw Iran hit both posts within seconds before taking a deserved three points.

Bale added: “I didn’t see it so I don’t know – but obviously the red card completely changed the game.”

Wales were lucky not to fall behind after struggling against Iran in the first half and VAR intervened to penalize a goal against them early in the game for offside.

It was another heartbeat for Wales just after half-time as Iran hit both posts within seconds.

Iran’s Sardar Azmoun hit a post from close range before Ali Gholizadeh circled a shot from outside the box at the other.

Wales then had goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey shown a red card five minutes from the end of regular time when he rushed off his line to intercept a long pass.

Hennessey brought down striker Mehdi Taremi and received a red card for dangerous play after the incident went to VAR officials.

There was little complaint from the Welsh players, with Hennessey’s knee close to Taremi’s head.

With a tie probably yet to see Wales beat England, Rouzbeh Cheshmi and Ramin Rezaeian secured breakaway goals for Iran in added time, leaving Bale’s men with just a single point from their opening two Group B games had.

Mathematically, Wales can still qualify for the knockout rounds, but now the USA need to beat England and Iran, and they also need to beat an English side who won their opening game 6-2.

Earlier, Wales ran into their rainbow-sleeved Adidas training tops to warm up, raising some eyebrows after Qatari officials blocked Welsh fans from supporting gay rights by wearing rainbow bucket hats during their opening game against USA.

And Welsh fans laughed as the Qatari sun hit water from a sprinkler system on the pitch, creating a real rainbow effect across the stadium.

Then, before kick-off, thousands of Welsh fans sang their national anthem and Iranian fans mocked their own in solidarity with the protesters back home in Iran.

However, the Iranian players appeared to back down from their protest under pressure from the Islamic regime.

Her previous refusal to sing was a show of solidarity with protesters in her home country, hundreds of whom were killed in clashes with government security services over the death of Mahsa Amini – a woman who died in custody after being arrested by Tehran’s Morality Police .

But many Iranian fans in the stands still displayed slogans supporting Friday’s protests, drawing particular attention to human rights issues and the plight of women.

Qatari authorities had particular trouble with a female fan who had her face painted white – with bloody tears streaming from her eyes.

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