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Kieffer Moore targets aerial dominance when Wales face Iran

Wales striker Kieffer Moore plans to torment Iran within the air identical to England did.

ngland smashed six previous Iran of their World Cup opener, with the Iranians having no reply to the Three Lions’ aerial energy.

The 6ft 5in Moore watched the primary half of that recreation earlier than Wales set off for his or her match opener – a 1-1 draw in opposition to the US – and is assured of wreaking extra havoc on the Iran defence.


Kieffer Moore performed an enormous position in Wales’ improved second-half efficiency in opposition to the US on Monday (Peter Byrne/PA)

Requested if he had been licking his lips at Iran’s defensive issues, Moore mentioned: “I used to be, yeah – they did battle within the air.

“You possibly can see England’s dominance within the field. They took a lead immediately and that set the tone for the sport.

“It was 3-0 at half-time and England performed very well to utilise these positions to get the ball into the field.

“If we are able to replicate that then hopefully we’ll get the identical consequence.”

Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand suffered a head damage within the early levels of England’s 6-2 victory after colliding with team-mate Majid Hosseini.


Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand is unlikely to play in opposition to Wales after struggling a head damage within the 6-2 defeat to England (Mike Egerton/PA)

Beiranvand was allowed to play on regardless of the conflict of heads leaving him with a bloodied nostril, solely to quickly fall to the ground once more and get replaced by backup goalkeeper Hossein Hosseini.

Iran supervisor Carlos Queiroz had his head in his fingers when Beiranvand got here off, and it’s unlikely that the first-choice goalkeeper will play in opposition to Wales.

Moore mentioned: “If they’re shedding their number-one goalkeeper, it’s going to be powerful for one more individual to return in.

“It means a rejig for them and it performs into our fingers.”

Bournemouth striker Moore modified the course of Wales’ recreation in opposition to the USA after being launched at half-time.


Wales captain Gareth Bale (second from proper) pictured in coaching with Jordan James, Joe Allen, Ben Davies and Joe Rodon (Peter Byrne/PA)

Wales have been 1-0 down after an terrible 45 minutes, failing to create a single probability, with forwards Gareth Bale and Daniel James fully remoted.

However Moore’s presence gave them a focus to construct assaults and strain, which finally ended with Bale profitable a penalty and equalising from the spot eight minutes from time.

“I wished to impose myself on the sport and do what I might, so hopefully I’m able to start out on Friday,” mentioned Moore.

“Over the previous 4 or 5 years, I really feel like I’ve actually grown as a participant and I actually take pleasure in these massive moments.

“After I’m referred to as upon for these moments, I’ve at all times put up performances and I can’t await Friday.”

Moore, who began out at Truro and Dorchester, trawled the decrease leagues at Yeovil, Forest Inexperienced and Torquay and even had a spell in Norwegian soccer earlier than hitting the large time, has been pigeon-holed as an old school targetman.

However the 30-year-old believes he has extra to his recreation than that, saying: “I’m deceptively fast and I wish to play on that as a result of folks suppose with my measurement I can’t transfer. However I’m faster than folks suppose.

“I’ve that bodily and top benefit, so I wish to play to my strengths.

“However I even have a willingness to run and work for the crew.”



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