Welsh goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey won the first red card in the Qatar 2022 World Cup finals, after being sent off late in the match that his country lost in fatal time to Iran 0-2 on Friday in the second round of Group Two competitions.

Guatemalan referee Mario Escobar initially raised the yellow card in the face of the Welsh goalkeeper, after he invaded Iranian striker Mahdi Tarmi outside the penalty area, but returned and sent him off after invoking the video assistant referee “VAR” in the 86th minute.

Hennessy’s expulsion was very expensive, as his country’s net, which was numerically deficient, received two late goals through Rouzbeh Jishmi (8 + 90) and Ramin Rezaian (11 + 90).

The case of expulsion came in the seventeenth match of the World Cup in Qatar, which is the farthest after the start of competitions since the World Cup in Spain 1982, when the first card was raised in the 32nd match.

And while red cards were adopted in the World Cup, starting with the 1970 World Cup, Chilean Carlos Caselli was the first player to raise a red card in his face against host West Germany in the 1974 edition.

And Hennessey (35 years and 108 international matches) is the third goalkeeper to receive a red card in the history of the World Cup after South African Itumeling Khoni against Uruguay in 2010 and Italian Gianluca Palioca against Norway in 1994.

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