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Iran 0-1 USA: Twitter reacts as Christian Pulisic's lone goal takes the Stars to World Cup knockouts

Pulisic, who crashed into the Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand, after scoring the goal, had to be substituted at the break and taken to hospital.

USA beat Iran 1-0 to enter the last-16 of Qatar World cup; Credit: Twitter/@USMNT
By Sreejith C R | Nov 30, 2022 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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Christian Pulisic’s lone goal, seven minutes before the break, helped USA beat Iran at Al Thumama Stadium and secure a place in the knockouts of Qatar World Cup. Both sides came into the Group B contest knowing that the winner will reach the last-16. Meanwhile, USA dominated the proceedings from start to end and Team Melli struggled to create any real threat at the USA goal. It was a complete team performance from the Stars as they created the better goal-scoring chances, while restricting Iran to just one shot on target in the entire match. 

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Meanwhile, Pulisic, who crashed into the Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand, while scoring the goal, had to be substituted and taken to hospital. According to reports, the Chelsea forward felt dizziness following the injury. The national side has confirmed that Pulisic “has been diagnosed with Pelvic contusion”. The 24-year-old is a pivotal player for the Stars and is expected to be fit for the last-16 game against Group A winners Netherlands on Saturday. 

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USA started on the brighter side as Pulisic and Weah saw their efforts dealt with comfortably by the Iran goalkeeper. In the 38th-minute, Weston Mckennie ‘s fine diagonal ball found the run of Sergino Dest down the right channel and the AC milan full-back headed the ball into the path of sprinting Pulisic, who bundled the ball into the back of the net and crashed into the outstretched Beiranvand in the process. Pulisic was back on his feet after receiving the treatment for a few minutes but did not look comfortable and he was replaced with Brenden Aaronson at the break. 

The Stars secured second spot in Group B to enter the last-16 of the World Cup for the first time since 1994. Gregg Berhalter’s side managed to remain unbeaten in the group stage, having recorded one win and two draws to pocket five points, just two adrift of England, who topped the table. Meanwhile, Iran, who only needed a point to advance to the knockouts, were largely restricted to playing on the counter and unable to muster a credible attempt on goal.

Best Twitter Reactions

Twitter was buzzing as the people were going crazy about USA beating Iran 1-0 to seal qualification for the knockouts of World Cup 2022. Lets see some tweets and memes from some fans from all over the world.



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