After Senegal and the Netherlands qualified earlier, it’s now Group B’s turn to deliver their verdict. So, if the Englishmen do well to check their ticket to the round of 16 of the World Cup, the match between Iran and USA will decide who can advance in the tournament. A win or draw for the Iranians would send Taremi and his teammates into the Round of 16, while a win for the United States, on the other hand, would allow Pulisic and his team to continue their adventure. From the very first moments of the game, we really felt this energy as the Americans hit their feet firmly on the ground.
But McKenney and all his teammates mostly missed each other in the final act. On the Iranian side, we tried to counter somehow, but Taremi and Azmoun were too alone to worry about Matt Turner. Finally, Greg Berhalter’s players are going to find fault as we feel the American pressure mounting. On a long start, Weston McKenney found Sergino Test at the far post. AC Milan’s Christian Pulisic sacrifices his body and heads the far post to curl into the back of the net (0-1, 38th). The start of the qualifying score. Had Sargent and Weah not played it more altruistically (45th), or had the Lille resident not been offside with the tips of his knees at the end of the first period (45th +7 ), the score would have been salty.
A sensational finish to the match
Returning from the locker room, Saman Kodos entered the game and the debates were very even. The former Amiens was not far from letting his men take the score, but his head was flying in the air (52nd). The pace slowed from the first half and the Americans would wait patiently, allowing a narrow goal to join the British in the next round. But the danger grew more and more pressing, and following a very good combination on the right side, Saman Kodos sent a rebound from the penalty spot near the American goalkeeper’s right upright.
But as more time progressed, fewer American players moved up the floor, and Zimmerman, a central defender, returned to coordinate this rearguard in place of Timothy Weah, although by then little was taken by default. Relations were increasingly strained and American incursions into the Iranian side increasingly rare. However, the Iranians struggled to pace the game. Nine minutes into extra time and two last scares, despite a header by Mortessa Pouraliganchi (90th +3) and a minor foul on Teremi (90th +9), the USA won one goal to nil to join the Netherlands in their eighth World Cup final.
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