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Wayne Hennessey is sent off for WILD Kung-Fu kick on Iran star

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Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has been sent off for a WILD Kung-Fu kick on Iranian star Mehdi Taremi during the World Cup match in Qatar

  • Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was sent off for a Kung-Fu kick on Friday
  • Hennessey started between the sticks for Wales’ crunch match against Iran
  • However, he was sent off for a terrible challenge on Mehdi Taremi
  • Wales is taking part in their first World Cup in 64 years

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Wayne Hennessey has been sent off in Wales with Iran for a horrible kung fu kick on his Iranian opponent.

As Mehdi Taremi ran through the goal, the Welsh keeper came off his line to clear the ball. However, the Nottingham Forest star completely missed the ball and instead made high contact with the striker’s face.

The referee initially waved a yellow card at the 35-year-old before VAR advised him to review the incident on the pitch’s monitor.

On closer inspection, he overturned his original decision and sent Hennessey off, leaving Rob Page’s side down to 10 men for the rest of the game.

The Wales coach dragged Aaron Ramsey off the pitch and replaced him with backup stopper Danny Ward.

Hennessey’s red card makes him the first player to be sent off at the 2022 tournament.

And there was late heartbreak for Gareth Bale & Co as the Iranians scored two late goals to nearly dump the Welsh out of the competition.

Wales opened the tournament on Monday with a cautious display against the United States, with captain Bale scoring a late penalty to save a point.

But Iran’s two dramatic goals have left Wales on the brink of elimination, with Page’s side needing an improbable victory over England and results elsewhere to qualify for the knockouts.

More to follow.