Well it took almost 17 entire games until, with the 42nd goal of the World Cup, we finally saw a strike from long range.
Finally. A goal from outside the box at the 2022 #FIFAWorldCup! 🎯 pic.twitter.com/yfWA0OIeOx
— Opta Analyst (@OptaAnalyst) November 25, 2022
But that wasn’t all that was special about Iran’s late win or Roozbeh Cheshmi’s strike against Wales, which also goes down as the latest winning World Cup goal in normal time in history.
98 – Roozbeh Cheshmi’s goal (97:56) against Wales was the latest match-winning strike scored in any World Cup game (excl. extra-time) since exact goal times are available for the competition (from 1966). Stoppage. pic.twitter.com/lbk1vlbGQN
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 25, 2022
Or, at least since exact times have been kept, so since 1966.
Iran did, of course, add a second even later as they won 2-0 in dramatic fashion.
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