BREAKING: U.S. defeats Iran 1-0 to advance to the next round of the World Cup


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World Cup live updates: USA beats Iran, moves on to next round

Team USA took a 1-0 lead with Christian Pulisic’s goal in the first half. Tuesday’s match is the second between the two sides in World Cup history.


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Updated Nov. 29, 2022, 4:15 PM EST

By David K. Li

What to know about U.S. versus Iran in the World Cup

13m ago / 4:03 PM EST

Final: United States 1, Iran 0

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Christian Pulisic’s goal late in the first half gave the United States a dramatic 1-0 victory over Iran in Qatar on Tuesday, sending America through to World Cup knockout action.

With this do-or-die win at Al Thumama Stadium in Al Khor, the United States finished in second place of Group B play with five points.

The Americans advanced to round-of-16 play and will play Group A winner Netherlands at 10 a.m. EST Saturday at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan.

Reaching the round of 16 marked a huge achievement for the U.S. program, which failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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19m ago / 3:57 PM EST

Final: England 3, Wales 0

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The Three Lions won Group B with a dominating second-half effort against the Dragons.

22m ago / 3:54 PM EST

United States 9 minutes to advancing

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Officials added 9 minutes of stoppage time as the United States held a tenuous 1-0 lead over Iran.

Only a victory would put America through to knockout play.

Should Iran score an equalizer in the next 9 minutes, the United States would be sent home short of the round of 16.

39m ago / 3:37 PM EST

England well on its way to round of 16

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Marcus Rashford scored his second goal of the match, as England took a 3-0 lead over Wales and had knockout play well within its grasp.

The Three Lions, the likely Group B champs, would play Sunday against Senegal in the round of 16.

55m ago / 3:21 PM EST

Three Lions roar out of the halftime changing room: England leads Wales 2-0

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Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden scored in the first six minutes of the second half as England took a commanding, 2-0, lead over Wales.

An England victory would lock up first place in Group B for the Three Lions.

1h ago / 3:15 PM EST

Christian Pulisic out of the match

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American goal scorer Christian Pulisic was substituted out of the match at halftime.

Pulisic fell hard into the Iranian goal after scoring to give the United Sates a 1-0 lead. He was briefly sidelined as the Americans played with 10 men in the moments after his goal.

The U.S. starter was taken out in favor of Brenden Aaronson

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1h ago / 3:10 PM EST

Live standings: England leading Group B if current scores stand

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With the United States leading, 1-0, and English scoreless against Wales at halftime, here are the live standings:

1. England — 5 points (+4 goal differential)

2. USA — 5 points (+1)

3. Iran — 3 points (-3)

3. Wales — 2 points (-2)

1h ago / 3:04 PM EST

Tim Weah called offside wiping out a second possible goal

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The United States was an inch away from taking a commanding two-goal lead into halftime, but Timothy Weah was ruled offside.

Weah, the Brooklyn-born son of Liberian President George Weah, appeared to kiss a shot off the inside of the post and score in first-half stoppage time.

But replays showed he was a knee ahead of an Iranian defender as Weston McKennie passed to him.

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1h ago / 2:58 PM EST

45 minutes to glory: Americans take 1-0 lead into dressing room

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The United States headed into halftime with a 1-0 lead over Iran, as the Americans found themselves 45 minutes away from advancing to the World Cup’s knockout round.

If this match ends in a U.S. victory, America would have five points and finish no worse than second place of Group B. First-place England and Wales were scoreless at halftime of the other Group B match.

The Americans have dominated play so far, with 54% possession compared to just 30% for Iran.

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1h ago / 2:49 PM EST

Photos: Fans wear their colors

United States fans ahead of the match against Iran on Nov. 29, 2022, in Doha.
United States fans ahead of the match against Iran.Stuart Franklin / Getty Images
An Iran fan celebrates prior to the World Cup match against the USA in Doha on Nov. 29, 2022.
An Iran fan.Fadel Senna / AFP – Getty Images

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2h ago / 2:41 PM EST

First blood: USA takes 1-0 lead

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Christian Pulisic of United States scores their first goal during their World Cup match against Iran on Nov. 29, 2022, in Doha.
Christian Pulisic of United States scores their first goal during their World Cup match against Iran on Nov. 29, 2022, in Doha.Claudio Villa / Getty Images

Christian Pulisic scored from close range in the 38th minute as the United States took a 1-0 lead over Iran.

Pulisic had to be helped off the field after crashing into the net as his American teammates played with 10 men moments after giving his squad the lead.

He converted a headed pass from Sergiño Dest to give America the crucial first goal.

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