Iran performed its miracle at the World Cup just days after being beaten 6-2 by England.
The Asian force scored two late goals against a 10-man Wales side to retain their World Cup.
It was a game filled with drama both on and off the pitch.
Iranian fans whistled and mocked their national anthem in incredible scenes at the World Cup in Qatar.
On the pitch, the Iranian players had a message of their own after they thrashed 6-2 in the first leg.
Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessy was sent off in the final minutes after VAR interference. cancel the promotion of the yellow card he received for a dangerous challenge outside the penalty area of Mehdi Taremi to a red one.
It looked like Roozbeh Cesmi was in contention for a draw, scoring a stunning goal in nine minutes of stoppage time.
Then, in the last seconds, Ramin Rezayan doubled the lead.
This victory supports the World Cup in Iran thanks to the final game against the USA.
Wales now need to beat rivals from England in order to have any chance of reaching the second round.
Against a Wales team that drew with the US, Iran showed a lack of energy and passion in the first defeat.
Knowing that another defeat would end their World Cup in just six days, Iran looked the better of the two teams.
Before Iran’s first game against England, the players were silent during the anthem.
This was seen as a show of support for the protesters in Iran who were facing brutal government crackdown.
In the match against Wales, the players sang. But just now. It was almost through clenched teeth.
You can only imagine the pressure the players were under after that game.
But Iranian fans, who outnumbered Wales, were whistling and mocking their own national anthem.
It was a powerful moment at the World Cup with a lot of talk of protests against a range of issues and little action.
The noise coming from the Iranian supporters nearly drowned out the speakers as the whistling and jeers reached incredible levels.
As the cameras rolled around the stadium, two supporters were seen to break down in the middle of the anthem.
Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi on Thursday denied that his team was under pressure from the government to sing the national anthem at the World Cup.
“I don’t like to talk about political issues, but there is no pressure on us,” Taremi said on the eve of the game against Wales.
Iran has been shaken by two months of nationwide protests following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was detained by morale police on September 16.
Amini, an Iranian of Kurdish descent, died three days after her arrest in Tehran following an alleged violation of the dress code for women, which includes the mandatory wearing of a headscarf.
At least 400 people have died in the crackdown since Amini’s death, according to Iran’s Oslo-based human rights group.
During the performance of the anthem, a tattoo of Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun was prominently visible, with the words “Love me as I am.”
On the pitch, Iran played with an energy and passion not seen in England’s 6-2 loss.
It was an energy that Wales, who dominated possession without creating many chances, could not match.
At every opportunity in the first half, Iran quickly counterattacked.
They thought they scored the first goal before VAR correctly canceled it for offside.
If Wales thought Iran’s energy was intense in the first half, they had no idea what was about to happen.
Iran dominated the early stages of the second half and hit the post twice in seconds.
First, Azmoun hit the post when he shot on goal. And then Ali Golizade fired a few seconds later.
Azmoun was one of the best in Iran and when he took off in the 67th minute, the Iranian fans got a big round of applause.
In the 73rd minute, Said Ezatolahi was close again, but Hennessy just saved his shot.
Ben Davies landed a powerful corner kick in the last 10 minutes of Wales’ best moment.
Moments later, Hennessy was sent off due to VAR interference.
But Iran was not going to refuse, having won a well-deserved victory.
After the catastrophe against England, Iran intended to be defeated in Qatar.
On and off the field, they did just that.
Originally published as Iranian fans muted their national anthem before miraculously beating Wales 2-0.