The United States sends Iran. He will face the Netherlands in the round of 16.
The United States struggled against Iran, Portuguese Carlos Queiroz, but a goal by Christian Pulisic, London striker Chelsea, helped them achieve victory in the third and final match of Group B, with it, qualifying for the round of 16 of the World Cup in Qatar 2022. With
this victory, in a match that was more intense than exhilarating North Americans qualified second in the group, which England beat Wales 3-0 first and will face the Netherlands in the round of 16.
Tuesday's match at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha has always been full of additional sporting connotations that already refer to the first World Cup match between the two teams, in France 98, years after Shah Reza Pahlavi took refuge on American soil, the king. With the support of Washington and overthrown by the Islamic Revolution, it caused many crises, including the crisis of the hostages held (for more than a year, between 1979 and 1981) in the American embassy in Tehran. On this occasion, Iran won in Marseille (2-1). This time, the United States retaliated.
The Portuguese Carlos Queiroz arrived at the World Cup embroiled in all kinds of controversies beyond his control related to the internal revolutions in Iran; Which increased when, in the first match, before losing (2-6) to England, the players decided not to sing their national anthem. Something they did before facing Wales for life or death and defeating them (2-0); And again on Tuesday at Al Thumama Stadium.
Apparently, their families have received threats in the event of new "bad behaviour" from the players; So if this information is true, you have nothing to fear. After the victory over Wales, it was announced that the Iranian regime would release 715 political prisoners. And as if there were few, new disagreements arose between that party and that party on Tuesday: The American Federation mistook the flag with which it drew the match preview, which is inconsistent with what was created after the Islamic Revolution that toppled Ayatollah Khomeini to power in the late 1970s. His coach, Greg Berhalter, had to apologize for the incident.
In addition, United States captain Tyler Adams - Leeds United's English midfielder - had, in the previous incendiary press conference, received a scolding from an Iranian journalist for mispronouncing his country's name, something the reigning 'Team USA' said. He thanked elegantly, saying that it's always good to expand knowledge about other countries and other cultures.
Thus, lines and lines can continue to be filled in. But what was being played this Tuesday in Doha, after all, was a football match. And although many people love disagreements; You have to think that there are more people who fall in love with sports. The match at Al Thumama Stadium - where Spain played for the first time by crushing Costa Rica (7-0) - was full of action.
I declare this for the strength of resilience and courage which the virtuous Persians also displayed on the field against Wales. and what the United States can offer, which turned from more to less against Gareth Bale's side; And that in the second match he brought out the colors of the runners-up in Europe, which caused Gareth to question another in some sectors, which is Southgate, the coach who refocused the “Three Lions” team on the world football map.
In the end, this wasn't much of a problem, except for the last stage of the game. Queiroz brought in goalkeeper Alireza Beranvand, injured in the match against England, who did not participate in the Welsh attack. In the beginning, the former Real Madrid coach once again put one of his stars, Sardar Azmoun, from the German Bayer Leverkusen, who called him up after resisting pressure from the Tehran regime, which requested a veto after he publicly declared against the murder. Two months ago, Mahsa Amini, for not wearing the hijab properly. Azmoun once again formed a striker with Mehdi Tarme from Porto.
Berhalter relied again on Valencia player Musa, the first to try, in the eighth minute, with a long shot that passed high and gave the club to the Empire Weston McKinney, Juventus midfielder.
Rezaian - author of the second goal against Wales - and Azmoun did not understand each other well in a dangerous counterattack, minutes later. And the North Americans were gradually expanding their range. Tim Weah, son of George Weah, president of Liberia and 1985 Ballon d'Or winner, cautioned on the 21st, and the Yankees went on to score first.
This came in the 38th minute, when a sensational wing change by McKinney headed in from the right of former Barcelona player Serginho Dest for Christian Pulisic - who had relieved Berhalter of the captaincy, but still maintained his '10' position - put the ball into the Iranian goal.
McKinney, in stoppage time, sent a perfect ball into the gap to Weah, who touched it perfectly, and after hitting the post, the ball went into the Bjeeranvand goal; Although Mathieu, who had admonished Adams shortly before, canceled out the goal, as the son of the African legend was in an illegal position.
Sargent Beeranvand tested early in the second half, but the Iranians began to open up. And with that, logically, the party opened. Rezaian, from the right, and in the 52nd minute, gave him a cross that Quddous, who came after the break for Azmoun, almost completed it. And Taremi made another dangerous drive down the left flank seven minutes later. It lifted the spirits of many Iranian fans, who filled the background in which their team attacked in the second quarter and began to make themselves heard far more than the others in Al Thumama.
Ghoddos, who provided more pace for Iran, especially on the left flank, nearly equalized, finishing off a Golezadeh cross; But soon after, in what wasn't a great, but back-and-forth game, Musa had another chance, but his free-kick went high.
England clearly dominated Wales in the other match (3-0), so things were clear: if the score was kept, the USA would pass, but if Iran equalized, they would go home and the Persians would be on the run. 16.
Berhalter strengthened the defense and brought in Zimmermann and Moore to Dest and forward Sargent. Karimi got it on the 81st. The Americans struggled in the nine minutes of extra time, even more so with Boraliganji's curling shot hitting Turner's goalpost.
And at the last moment, to resume the controversy, which is inseparable from the Iranian national team, there was a play in which the Persians claimed a penalty kick on Taremi that neither Mathieu nor the video assistant referee considered punishable. Brave Iranians will go home. But they do it with their heads held high.