GARETH BALE was left “gutted” as Wales’ hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the World Cup suffered a huge blow after they were beaten by Iran.
The 10 man Dragons conceded twice late on and lost 2-0.
Instead, Robert Page’s side were second best and deservedly beaten.
Wayne Hennessey was sent off four minutes from the end of the 90 before and the Middle East team took advantage by striking twice deep into stoppage-time.
Firstly, Roozbeh Cheshmi beat substitute goalkeeper Danny Wayne from distance before Ramin Rezaeian chipped home Iran’s second.
It leaves Wales on one point from two games, which means they MUST beat England on Monday to have any chance of progressing.
Bale, who has so often been the hero over the years, wasn’t able to rescue Wales on this occasion and was left devastated by the result.
He told BBC Sport: “We are gutted, there is no other way to say it.
“We fought until the last second and we need to go again.
“We are all gutted but we have to pick ourselves up straight away.
“It is going to be difficult for us for sure. We will have to see.
“What can I say? We recover and we have to go again.”
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