Wales v Iran 0-2
Ten-man Wales suffered World Cup heartbreak as two goals deep in second-half stoppage time sealed a 2-0 victory for Iran to leave their knockout hopes hanging by a thread.
Roozbeh Cheshmi’s stunning goal in the eighth minute of added time broke Wales’ resistance after goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey had been shown a straight red card for racing off his line and fouling Mehdi Taremi in the 84th minute.
Iran then added their second with practically the last kick of the game when Ramin Rezaeian finished off another rapid counter-attack with a cool finish over substitute goalkeeper Danny Ward.
Qatar vs Senegal 1-3
Senegal became the first country from Africa to record a win, and their fans outside Al Thumama Stadium are in a great mood.
Goals from Boulaye Dia, Famara Diedhiou and Ahmadou Dieng made the difference as Senegal outshined host nation, Qatar to a 3-1 victory.
It was another embarrassing display from Qatar which ended in defeat and almost confirmed their certain elimination from the World Cup but at least fans of the host nation inside a half-full Al Thumama Stadium had some consolation: they got to see their side score.
Netherlands v Ecuador 1-1
Ecuador earned a deserved 1-1 draw with the Netherlands in their Group A fixture at the Khalifa International Stadium on Friday.
Cody Gakpo’s stunning early goal put the Dutch in front, only for Ecuador to enjoy the better of the contest and claim a share of the spoils through Enner Valencia.
While both teams remain unbeaten at this year’s World Cup, Senegal’s victory over Qatar earlier in the day means that they each only hold a one-point advantage over the Africa Cup of Nations champions.
Meanwhile, host nation Qatar are the first team eliminated from the competition ahead of their final encounter versus the Netherlands on Tuesday.
Ecuador went into the contest defending a seven-match streak without conceding a goal, yet it took just six minutes for Gakpo to end that run in emphatic style.
England vs USA 0-0
England laboured to a drab draw against the United States to miss the chance to seal qualification for the World Cup knockout stage.
Gareth Southgate’s side were second best for long periods as they failed to match the energy and intensity of the USA, who have their own hopes of making the last 16.
Its been twelve years since these two nations last locked horns on the international stage, and although England was forced to settle for a score draw against the USA in their last meeting, Southgate and co headed into today’s fixture in buoyant mood and as the team hoped to claim maximum points.
The USA played out of their skins against an England side that put away Iran 6-2 in their last match securing a point after both teams failed to find each other’s net.
England remains firm favourites to qualify for the knockout stage, knowing they only need to avoid a four-goal defeat against Wales to progress.