Wayne Hennessey was sent off with a moment of madness as Wales suffered a 2-0 loss to Iran on Friday to leave their last 16 World Cup hopes in tatters.
Goalkeeper Hennessey was shown a red card for serious misconduct with four minutes remaining and Wales were then defeated by two goals in stoppage time.
Hennessey came out of his penalty area and knocked out Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi about 35 yards from goal with a high boot.
The Nottingham Forest goalkeeper initially took a booking for the challenge, much to the outrage of the Iranian team and fans at the stadium.
However, the referee then consulted VAR and opted to change the goalkeeper’s booking to a red card.
Hennessey is only the third goalkeeper to receive a red card at the World Cup, after Itumeleng Khune for South Africa against Uruguay in 2010 and Gianluca Pagliuca for Italy against Norway in 1994.
With Hennessey coming off the field, he was replaced in goal by Danny Ward with Aaron Ramsey, the Wales outfielder, to be substituted with just four minutes of regulation time remaining.
Wales appeared to have done enough to hold the draw, but Iran opened the scoring eight minutes into injury time.
A poor clearance from Joe Allen fell on substitute Roozbeh Cheshmi, who fired a shot from outside the box past Ward.
Iran then struck a second almost immediately as Rezaeian broke free and kept his composure to cut the ball over Ward.
Wales must now play England on Tuesday for a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.