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It’s very simple for the United States tuesday against Iran in the World Cup 2022. Win or go home.

Three of the four teams Group B — United States, England and Iran – are still alive for two places in the round of 16. The scenarios are simple.

A victory for Iran or the United States goes through one or the other. An England win or draw puts the Three Lions in the knockout stage. The Americans can still win the group with a win and a loss against England Walesor a draw against England and a victory for the United States by at least four goals.

But no dashboard here. The matches take place at the same time.

Here are the biggest moments and best plays from the final day of Group B.

Second part

58th minute: Pulisic was unable to continue after that collision with the Iranian keeper and was substituted at half-time with what Berhalter called an “abdominal” injury. Leeds United playmaker Brenden Aaronson took his place.

The first minutes of this second half contrasted sharply with what happened in the opening 45′. Very open, very end to end, both teams having chances, and Iran scoring their first shot.

Half: Iran 0, USA 1

At halftime, the USA led 1-0 thanks to a goal from Pulisic. The Chelsea striker returned to the pitch after spending several minutes in medical treatment, but his movements appear labored.

And as things stand, the United States are on track to qualify for the knockout stages, taking on Group A winners the Netherlands. Of course, that depends on the ability of the Americans to maintain this lead. If Iran manages to equalize, we will be back at square one, with the United States on the outside.

Throughout the first half, USA had more ball and more chances. Not only were they the better team in the attacking third, but they also didn’t concede a single shot. Their lead is deserved.

And the final minutes of the first half perhaps offered a glimpse of what was to come in the next 45 minutes. With Iran needing that equalizer to get out of that group, they had to be more adventurous in committing forward players, giving Tim Weah a pair of particularly tasty counter-attacking opportunities that just didn’t clear – in fact, the second ended up in the back of the net, only for the Lille striker to be ruled slightly offside.

First half

American strike first

There is a goal for the USA! And in keeping with the theme of the first 40 minutes or so of this first half, it comes from Dest heading a ball through the penalty area to Christian Pulisic to type at home.

However, this comes at a cost. Pulisic was on the ground receiving treatment for several minutes, after hitting hard Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvandand he still struggled as the half progressed.

28th minute: Dest and Robinson have played a prominent role in the American offense so far, and the opportunities are piling up. However, their will to press on invited Iran to step into the space left by the defenders, and the Iranians had a menacing counterattack to show. It is the United States, however, which firmly controls the first half hour โ€“ but, above all, has nothing to show for it.

18th minute: The US is starting to push and push the Iranian defense, looking for vulnerabilities, and those vulnerabilities seem to be in large areas. Full-backs Antonee Robinson and Sergino Dest each threw dangerous crosses, Christian Pulisic had a header attempt worth 0.09 xG, but there hasn’t been a breakthrough yet – even though the Americans are knocking harder and harder.

9th minute: The first few minutes of this game were the usual feeling process, but the intensity is such that the game seems to be playing at 1.5x speed. The Americans have a nearly 2-to-1 possession advantage, which isn’t surprising, but both teams have been full of direct and targeted runs.

This tension is reflected in the stands. The noise is constant so far.

Pre-match breakdown

Put aside the off-court controversies that have steadily built up between these two teams throughout this tournament. The stakes of this game – winning and you’re in – create a lot of drama on their own, and for an American team that can’t even afford a draw, the mountain they have to climb might seem increasingly steep. as they emerge from the tunnel at Al Thumama Stadium.

Let’s start with the selection, because it’s both unsurprising and puzzling. The starting XI for the United States is largely unchanged from the first two games, with one exception.

Josh Sargent returns to the starting lineup, despite a largely ineffective 81 minutes split between games against Wales and England. Hadji Wright had even less of an impact when he left against the Three Lions, so a change up top was not unexpected, but to return to Sargent โ€“ โ€‹โ€‹when coach Gregg Berhalter had always selected Jesus Ferreira throughout this cycle – is a curious choice.

The most shocking decision comes at the back, where Cameron Carter Vickers insinuates itself into the heart of the defense alongside Tim Rameto the detriment of Walker Zimmermann. Zimmerman conceded the penalty converted by Gareth Bale to win Wales’ draw in that Americans’ tournament opener, but other than that the two-time MLS Defender of the Year has been very solid in a backline that has arguably been the bright spot of this team in Qatar. Carter-Vickers and Ream never played together, and the Celtic the centre-back has only appeared for the USMNT three times in 2022 (in the Nations League against The Savior and Grenadeand a friendly vs. Morocco).

Oh, and the crowd inside Al Thumama Stadium is decidedly pro-Iranat least based on the noise made when the teams entered the pitch for warm-ups.

There is no room for error for Americans. Has Berhalter ever done one by getting rid of Zimmerman?


Presidential support

The fans show up

Growing controversy

After a social media account of the American Football Federation briefly displayed the flag of Iran without the Islamic Republic’s emblem, the Iranian government responded by accusing US Soccer of removing God’s name from its national flag, and Iran’s football federation said its country would file a complaint with FIFA. A report from the Associated Press said Iran was also threatening legal action.

The USSF said in a statement Sunday morning that it had decided to drop the official flag on social media accounts to show “its support for the women in iran fighter for basic human rights.”

The poles were eventually taken down and the flag emblem restored. US spokesperson says USSF still supports protesters in Iran and US defender Walker Zimmermann stressed that the team is focused on Tuesday but remains in favor of women’s rights.

“I think it’s such a focused group on the task at hand, but at the same time, we are compassionate, and we strongly believe in and support women’s rights,” Zimmermann said.

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