The US defeated Iran 1-0 on Tuesday in an intriguing Group B match to advance directly into the World Cup’s round of 16. Christian Pulisic, who had scored against Iran, was unable to even celebrate his goal because of an injury.
Sergino Dest’s flawless header found Pulisic in the 38th minute. After colliding with the goalie, he bundled the ball in, but because of his injuries, he was unable to celebrate. The Americans, who needed to win to advance to the knockout rounds, were relentless in attack in a fast-paced encounter.
The US team radiated confidence and maintained control throughout the match against an Iran team. That could have advanced with a draw, propelled by an electrifying crowd at Doha’s Al Thumama stadium.
Nearly every American move involved Weston McKennie and Yunus Musah. With Dest constantly worried about Iran, which was outplayed and generated few opportunities.
Since the 1998 World Cup in France, which included the game called “the mother of all football matches,” the two diplomatic rivals had not met.
Gregg Berhalter, the U.S. coach, stated that “I suppose as a precaution.” According to a statement made by the USMNT on Tuesday night. Pulisic has a “pelvic contusion and his status is day-to-day.”
An additional nine minutes of stoppage time were added at the end of the second half due to injuries. But the USMNT was able to hold out and keep Iran at bay while fighting off late challenge after late challenge.
Only by winning the match could the U.S. men’s national team advance to the knockout round of the competition. They will now play a game of elimination against the Netherlands on Saturday.
The club announced its triumph on Twitter, praising supporters in one message and sharing an image of the joy on the field in another.