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Iran players sing anthem ahead of dramatic World Cup victory – RT Sport News

Iran’s men’s football team sang their country’s national anthem ahead of their World Cup match against Wales in Qatar – winning a thrilling competition with two injury-time goals.

Iran grabbed headlines ahead of their meeting with England on Monday when the players fell silent during the anthems ahead of kick-off.

The move was widely seen as a show of support for protesters returning to Iran, who took to the streets after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody in September.

But ahead of the Group B clash with Wales at Al Rayyan’s Ahmed bin Ali Stadium on Friday, Iranian players were seen singing along as their country’s anthem was played.

In contrast, sections of fans in attendance were heard booing during the anthem, while signs were also displayed in the stands in support of Iranian women and in specific memory of Amini.

Iran picked up a dramatic win over Wales, who were reduced to 10 men in the 86th minute when goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was sent off for a careless challenge outside the box.

Iran capitalized with two late goals, striking first through substitute Rouzbeh Cheshmi with a gruff strike from the edge of the box eight minutes into second-half stoppage time.

Iran capped the victory when Ramin Rezaeian scored a breakaway goal three minutes later.

The win fueled Iran’s hopes of reaching the round of 16 after being beaten 6-2 by England in their opening game.

Iran face the United States in their final group stage match on Tuesday, at the same time as England take on Wales.

The Americans will face England later on Friday, with the United States drawing Wales 1-1.

Protests in Iran led players and coach Carlos Queiroz to field questions from the media about their stance on the issue while in Qatar.

Responding at a press conference on Thursday, Queiroz asked a BBC reporter why she hadn’t approached England coach Gareth Southgate with similar political questions about British and American actions in Afghanistan.

Amini’s case sparked unrest in Iran after she died following her detention by the “morality police” for not wearing the hijab properly.

An autopsy later determined that Amini did not die from physical abuse, but rather from cerebral hypoxia or lack of oxygen to the brain, according to a coroner’s report.

The document stated that Amini had underlying conditions stemming from surgery on a benign brain tumor she had when she was eight years old.

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