Here’s who the USA will face if it beats Iran

AL WAKRAH, Qatar – The result of Group A – and due to this fact the id of america’ potential spherical of 16 opponent – was inked on Tuesday, because the Netherlands and Senegal booked their qualification locations.

The Netherlands secured the highest spot within the group at Al Bayt Stadium with a cushty 3-0 victory over host nation Qatar, which departs the match having misplaced all three matches.

Netherlands vs. Qatar Highlights

Netherlands vs. Qatar Highlights

In the meantime, throughout Doha at Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, Senegal prevailed 2-1 in an exciting encounter with Ecuador, Kalidou Koulibaly’s successful aim in the end serving to the African aspect attain the knockout section for the second time in its historical past.

That implies that the likeliest prize for the Individuals, if they might defeat Iran in a while Tuesday, can be a matchup with the Dutch at Khalifa on Saturday (2 p.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports activities app).

Nevertheless, if a USA triumph was paired with an sudden England defeat in opposition to Wales, then Gregg Berhalter’s squad would end first in Group B and advance to a showdown with Senegal at Schooling Metropolis Stadium on the identical day.

The ultimate spherical of video games in any World Cup group are at all times performed concurrently, to keep away from the potential for collusion and so forth, but from the second the Netherlands went forward on 26 minutes via Cody Gakpo, it appeared as if the three-time finalist was destined for a drama-free night.

Gakpo scored for the third time in as many video games, discovering area within the penalty space to knock the ball into the underside nook – and the Dutch have been in management.

On 50 minutes, Memphis Depay’ close-range shot was saved, however fell straight for Frenkie de Jong to slip it house for the second.

One other effort dominated out for a handball, however by then all eyes have been on the opposite match, which was lit up by a pair of twists after halftime.

Simply earlier than the break, Ismaila Sarr had given Senegal a slender benefit by coolly steering house a penalty given for a foul by Piero Hincapie on Sarr.

Ecuador responded strongly, and needing solely a tie to progress, gave themselves a significant carry on 67 minutes when Moises Caicedo turned in a header on the far put up, with a defender on the road enjoying him onside.

However the stalemate momentarily. Three minutes later, Senegal responded with a swift assault. From a swinging free-kick the ball bobbled to Koulibaly, who stored his eyes locked and neatly drove it into the nook.

Senegal’s earlier go to to the knockout spherical was in 2022, when it beat Sweden within the spherical of 16 earlier than dropping to Turkey within the quarters. Aliou Cisse’s squad has proven the present model has no scarcity of spirit and expertise, and will like its possibilities of inflicting a shock within the subsequent spherical.

As for the Netherlands, its pre-tournament standing as one of many World Cup favorites stays undimmed.

Ecuador vs. Senegal Highlights

Ecuador vs. Senegal Highlights

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