WALES’ World Cup hopes were handed a huge blow as they suffered defeat to Iran in Group B.
Despite picking up a point in their opening match of the World Cup, they now have it all to do.
AlamyNeco Williams in action for Wales during their loss to Iran[/caption]
Wayne Hennessey’s dismissal against Iran saw Rob Page’s side reduced to ten men before they netted two late goals to secure victory over Wales.
However, it is not over for Wales just yet as they still have a chance of qualifying.
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How can Wales still qualify?
Wales sit bottom of Group B at the World Cup and it looks miserable, but they can make it into the round of 16.
To do this, they will require the help of their opponents in the group as it is out of their hands.
Here’s how they can still make it out of the group:
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At the expense of England and Iran
Firstly, England losing to USA would see the Three Lions remain on three points heading into their match against Wales, while USA would move onto four.
Then, Wales would have the opportunity to move onto four points themselves with victory over England next week, seeing them leapfrog the Three Lions.
However, if this was to happen, they would still require the USA to beat Iran on the last day of the group for Berhalter’s side to finish on seven points and Page’s men to finish on four, ahead of what would be England on three points and Iran on three.
GettyBrennan Johnson of Wales reacts to conceding two late goals against Iran[/caption]
At the expense of Iran and USA
Furthermore, they could qualify if England to avoid defeat to USA tonight.
Wales would then need to beat England by a large goal difference, while Iran and USA would have to draw to leave all Iran on four points and the USA on a maximum of three.
With Wales able to reach four points, a draw between Iran and USA would see Iran end on four points – therefore it would go down to goal difference.
Wales currently sit on -2 goal difference, the same as Iran, heading into the final game.