World Cup: U.S. beats Iran on Christian Pulisic aim to advance

Needing a victory to advance to the ultimate 16 of the World Cup, the U.S. took care of enterprise Tuesday, edging Iran 1-0 on a Christian Pulisic aim late within the first half.

With the win, the unbeaten U.S. (1-0-2) completed second to England in its group and can meet Group A champion the Netherlands within the Spherical of 16 on Saturday. Iran, in the meantime, goes dwelling in need of the knockout levels for the sixth time in an many visits to the World Cup.

However the Iranians didn’t make it simple for the People, battling to the ultimate minute of stoppage time that left the U.S. win in jeopardy till the ultimate whistle. The U.S. weathered two prime scoring alternatives by the Iranians in a chaotic end to punch their ticket to the subsequent spherical.

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The one aim the U.S. wanted got here within the thirty eighth minute when Pulisic bought a half-step on Iranian defenders Majid Hosseini and Ramin Rezaeian, permitting him to redirect a headed cross from Sergiño Dest into the online from contained in the six-yard field.

The U.S. confirmed some wonderful passing within the set-up to aim with a again move from Tyler Adams sending the ball into the middle of the sector for Weston McKennie, who picked out an unmarked Dest sprinting up the wing. Dest’s cross from simply exterior the appropriate fringe of the six-yard field was so correct all Pulisic needed to do was stick out his proper boot to deflect it in earlier than colliding Iranian keeper Alireza Beiranvand.

Pulisic appeared to take a knee to the groin and spent a number of lengthy minutes being tended to within the aim earlier than finally rising and briefly returning to the sport. He didn’t begin the second half, nevertheless, popping out in favor of Brenden Aaronson. Pulisic was taken to the hospital to bear a scan for an belly harm, a U.S. males’s soccer workforce spokesman stated.

Pulisic has been concerned in each U.S. objectives on this match, establishing Tim Weah’s rating within the opening sport after which getting considered one of his personal towards Iran. Weah thought it had made it 2-0 simply earlier than the break, however he was deemed to be only a fraction offside earlier than rolling a shot in off the far publish.

With Cameron Carter-Vickers changing Walker Zimmerman at middle again, the U.S. began a World Cup lineup composed solely of gamers on European skilled groups for the primary time in its historical past. With a median age a month underneath 25 years previous, it was additionally the youngest beginning 11 of this match. Iran, in the meantime, has the oldest workforce in Qatar, and the age distinction appeared obvious in a primary half during which the U.S. constructed a 61%-41% edge in possession and outshot Iran 9-0.

However then Iran, which wanted solely a tie to advance, confirmed little curiosity in going ahead, bunkering down with as many as seven defenders within the field. Pulisic’s aim modified that, leaving Iran needing a rating of its personal to advance out of group play for the primary time.

Iran, which scored all 4 of its objectives on this match within the second half — with three of these coming in stoppage time — opened the sport up after the intermission and had a number of harmful possibilities, but it surely by no means examined U.S. keeper Matt Turner till the closing minutes.

Turner hasn’t allowed a aim from the run of play, conceding solely a penalty-kicked aim to Wales’ Gareth Bale within the first sport.