USA and Iran Joined in one of the most anticipated games of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The team started the game strong, with the USA scoring just over a third of the match. However, Christian Pulisic, who scored the goal, collided with the Iranian goalkeeper. He was off the field for several minutes until he recovered, but was eventually back and managed to avoid substitutions for the rest of the half. However, Pulisic did not return for the second half and was replaced by Brenden Aaronsson.
The score remained 1-0 at the start of the second half.
Winning a match is the only way for the US Men’s National Team to advance to the knockout stages of international competition. The team has only scored one goal in the World Cup so far, but he has drawn 1-1 against Wales, and in the previous match against England he has drawn 0-0, but has put up a strong defense. have provided.
Meanwhile, Iran beat Wales 2-0 in their early group stage match before losing 6-2 to England.
It’s been over 20 years since the two teams met. In 1998 Iran defeated the United States 2-1. It was Iran’s first victory in the World Cup. Neither country advanced from the group stage that year.
A win is needed for the US to move forward, but Iran could advance with a win or a draw.
The game also: A press conference with US coach Greg Barhalter and captain Tyler Adams on Monday was thrown into chaos when the two got into an altercation with a journalist from Iran’s state media. Adams, who is black, has been criticized for mispronouncing Iran, with one reporter telling him that when “there is so much discrimination against black people in America”, “even if you represent America, I don’t mind.” I asked him if he thought so.
Adams replied that the country “continues to make progress every day.”
During the Games, Iran has faced criticism for the government’s handling of anti-regime protests following the death of 22-year-old Masa Amini in custody of Iran’s “morality police.”The protests, led largely by women and girls, are the most serious insecurity faced by the country’s Islamic cleric ruler since he took power in 1979, and people around the world are.
An Iranian general estimated:been killed before. The non-governmental organization Iran Human Rights put the number closer to 450.
With the World Cup already under scrutiny due to its hosting in Qatar, some members of the Iranian squadbefore the war in England.
Early in the tournament, United States Soccer Federationof iranian flag on social media. A shared version of the flag removed the Islamic Republic’s emblem from the green, white and red flag to show “support for Iranian women fighting for their basic human rights.”
Iranian state media has called for the USMNT to be excluded from the World Cup. The social media post has since been removed and the team’s website and new posts now have the correct flags.
On Monday, protesters wearing shirts reading “RESPECT FOR IRANIAN WOMEN” disrupted the match between Portugal and Uruguay. The man, who did not belong to any team, was removed from the field, but it has not been confirmed whether he was arrested or charged.