Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey endured a bittersweet morning as Wales took on Iran in the World Cup.

A 2-0 win for Iran in Group A makes it advantage England in the quest to reach the knockout stages in Qatar.

Three Forest players were in the matchday squad as Rob Page’s men aimed to claim a valuable three points.

Hennessey and Neco Williams started the game; with Brennan Johnson playing half an hour from the bench.

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The 35-year-old Forest goalkeeper hasn’t played much football during 2022/23.

He was signed as a backup option to Dean Henderson and has made two appearances in the Carabao Cup.

Hennessey has earned his place as Wales’s number one though.

During the 1-0 win over Ukraine that won Wales their place at the World Cup, he made a staggering nine saves.

Here, in Qatar, he once again showcased his class on the shot-stopping front.

With the game still in the balance, he produced a wonderful close-range save and later tipped an effort from Karim Ansarifard brilliantly around the post.

But the worst was still to come.

With five minutes remaining, Forest man Williams gave the ball away and Iran got quickly on the counter.

Hennessey came steaming out of his goal and wiped out Mehdi Taremi.

After initially showing a yellow card, the referee was ordered to check his VAR monitor and subsequently sent him off.

In the 99th minute of the contest, Rouzbeh Cheshmi scored and with the seconds ticking away Ramin Rezaeian put the seal on a famous win.

Bittersweet morning endured by Hennessey

Oh, Wayne! What have you done?

He will feel terrible for his moment of madness and will now miss Wales’ final group game against England on Tuesday.

Wales v IR Iran: Group B - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
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It was a really rash moment that isn’t usually in Hennessey’s make-up.

But, he will learn from it. The experienced stopper still has a lot to offer but if this is his final act for Wales, it’s deeply saddening.

Steve Cooper will have a big job to do picking Hennessey’s head up but he will be better for this experience.

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