The 2022 FIFA World Cup continued on Tuesday with Group B taking center stage. The United States (1-2-0) was able to defeat Iran (1-0-2) 1-0 at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha. The USA will play the Netherlands in the Round of 16; Iran was eliminated with the result.
Iran vs USA preview: USMNT expectations
Mo Edu, Clint Dempsey and Chad Ochocinco preview the USA vs. Iran match and share their expectations for the USMNT.
You can watch this match on FOX and every game of the tournament on FOX Sports family of networks — the tournament’s official English-language broadcast partner in the US — and the FOX Sports app and FOXSports.com. You can too stream full match replays for free on Tubi.
Here are the best plays!
Iran vs. the United States
1′ – And off we go!
The ball is rolling at Al Thumama Stadium.
2′ – Pulisic outruns Iran’s defence
If there was any doubt that the United States would be aggressive in Monday night’s game, Christian Pulisic sent a message with his first action on the ball.
8′ – Musa tries to take advantage
Yunus Moussa, who celebrated his 20th birthday on Tuesday, tried to score a world goal for the USA
10′ – Pulisic tries the goalkeeper
The young American received the ball with his head, but Iran’s goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand had no problem controlling it.
19′ – Reim take control
With Iran pressing, Tim Reim stepped up and cleared the ball from a dangerous position.
27′ – Weah rushes an opportunity
Tim Weah had a great look in front of goal but didn’t wait to settle. This could have been a first for the Americans.
32′ – Wea again!
The Americans’ top scorer since the start of the group stage is pushing for his second goal of the tournament.
37′ – PULISIC GOAL!
Captain America puts the USA ahead! It’s USA 1, Iran 0.
Christian Pulisic of USA scores against Iran in 38′ | 2022 FIFA World Cup
Watch USA’s Christian Pulisic score against Iran in the 38th minute at the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.
38′ – Pulisic shook himself off
Pulisic needed a minute to recover after colliding with Beiranvand.
45′ – Weah waved
Weah almost made it two, but the onside referee ruled his goal offside.
Halftime: USA 1, Iran 0
The United States dominated possession in the first half, winning the possession battle 61 percent to 39 percent. They also outscored Iran 9-0 in the first 45 minutes.
46′ – Pulisic replaces Aaronson
Pulisic finished the first half but could not continue in the second. In his place, Aronson will play on the left wing.
47′ – Sargent saves
Josh Sargent opened the second half for the USA with a goal kick. The US clearly does not plan to play conservatively, even with the precious lead.
78′ – USA holding on
Iran increased the pressure in the second half, but the U.S. maintained its one-goal lead.
80′ – USA goes into defense
Greg Berhalter substituted two defenders – Walker Zimmerman and Shaq Moore – in an attempt to hold on to the lead.
81′ – Iran almost equalise
Matt Turner had to get up to make that save.
90+9′ – USA MISSED
Come on, come on, USA!
The United States need a win to advance to the knockout phase of the tournament – anything less will result in elimination. Iran, meanwhile, just need a draw and England to beat Wales to book a place in the next round.
If the U.S. advances, their Group A opponent will come from one of two early games. Here’s who it could be.
Clint Dempsey wants to see everything on the field
Take it from someone who knows.
The World Cup Now team is feeling confident
So confident, in fact, that they’re debating potential opponents.
The US is “locked down”
Happy birthday, Musa!
Will it be special for the young American? He played a great game against England, I was just saying…
Love for the captain
Let’s hear it for Captain Tyler Adams.
Sargent and Carter-Vickers instead of Wright and Zimmerman
Josh Sargent returned to Greg Berhalter’s starting XI after starting off the bench against England, and Cameron Carter-Vickers was given the starting edge over Walker Zimmerman, who started at centre-back in the United States’ first two group stage matches.
The USMNT’s new battle cry?
While “I believe we’ll win” has long been the rallying cry for US Soccer supporters, “That’s Called Soccer” gained traction in the run-up to the Americans’ match against England and remains relevant.
[Related: Hey Yank! It’s football, not soccer. Or is it?]
The boys are ready
It’s almost that time.
Visiting for the USA?
No Gio Raina?
Gio Reyna again started on the bench for Greg Berhalter’s team.
[Related: A lingering question as USA takes on Iran: What’s up with Gio Reyna?]
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