Iran vs USA Highlights, score, result: USA hang on and advance to knockouts of world cup 2022 as Christian Pulisic scores winner.
Needing simply a victory to advance to knockout stage of the tournament, Christian Pulisic delivered his biggest moment of his USMNT career scoring in the only goal in 37th minute and injuring himself in the process. The U.S.A star put his body on the line to deliver the moment the U.S.A needed to advance taking a knee from Iran goalkeeper Beiranvand to the gut in the process. Pulisic was replaced at halftime
The U.S.A hung on for dear life the rest of the way with Iran throwing numbers forward as time ticked off the clock. Nine added minutes at the end of regulation made things even more tense, but Iran failed to produce the equalizer they needed.
USA LINEUP :
Turner (GK), Dest (Moore, 82′), Carter-Vickers, Ream, Robinson, McKennie, Adams, Musah, Weah (Zimmerman, 82′), Sargent (Wright, 77′), Pulisic (Aaronson, 46′).
IRAN LINEUP :
Beiranvand (GK), Rezaeian, Hosseini, Pouraliganji, Mohammadi (Karimi, 45′), Gholizadeh, Nourollahi (Torabi, 71′), Ezatolahi, Safi (Jalali, 71′), Azmoun (Ghoddos, 46′), Taremi.
2nd min: Christian Pulisic has an excellent early chance on the counter, two-on-one with Sargent in support, but instead of squaring to Sargent he stays on the ball charging forward and is dispossessed by Majid Hosseini from behind.
9th min: On an initial cross into the penalty area, Beiranvand produces a punch, which pops high in the air. The bobbling ball eventually ends up to Yunus Musah at the top of the penalty area, but he rushes his shot and blasts it miles high.
27th min: Chance, USA! OH TIM WEAH, you have to score there! A shot from Sargent pops straight into the air, and falls right to Weah with just him and the goalkeeper to beat. He had time to settle, but heads it right at Beiranvand.
33rd min: Chance, USA! Weah misses again! He’s got a great chance from inside the top of the penalty area, but rifles the chance high!
38th min: GOAL USA! It’s a stunning switch from McKennie to Dest on the right, and his cross finds a streaking Pulisic on the doorstep for the finish. Pulisic is hurt, as he doesn’t get to celebrate his incredible moment. Looks like he took a knee from the goalkeeper right to the midsection. It’s a shame, because this is a career-defining moment from the U.S.A star.
45+6 min: USA goal disallowed! Tim Weah has the ball in the back of the net, but he’s offside! It’s EXTREMELY tight, as the through-ball from midfield was spectacular. The replay shows he was just inches offside
IRAN 0 – 1 USA
46th min: There’s one change for the United States, and it’s not the one you want to hear if you’re a U.S.A fan. Christian Pulisic is coming off, replaced by Brenden Aaronson as the second half gets set to start.
65th min: Chance, Iran! The game should be level but misses.
74th min: Josh Sargent is down after landing on the ball awkwardly, holding his ankle. He receives lengthy treatment and limps off the field. Looks like he’ll have to be replaced, as Haji Wright will come on. Hosseini gets a yellow for a clearly late tackle on Aaronson.
86th min: This is Tense, Iran controlling the ball, U.S.A clinging on for their lives. Iran isn’t able to work a shot, but they have the ball in dangerous areas.
90+8 min: Chance, Iran! It’s a mess in the penalty area, and the ball squirts through Matt Turner’s legs, but eventually it’s cleared off the line before it rolled slowly over the line. Iran is screaming for a penalty on Carter-Vickers who seemed to drag down Taremi with a hand on his shoulder, but the VAR check is over with no review.
IRAN 0 – 1 USA
U.S.A advance to round of 16, where they will meet Group A winners Netherlands on Saturday.
SEE GROUP TABLE : HERE
GROUP TABLE AFTER MATCH
Read More : Articles