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Iran v United States Live Commentary, 29/11/2022

FT
0 - 1
IRN
USA
C. Pulišić (38)
Al Thumama Stadium

Commentary

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The win means that the USA finish second in Group B and qualify alongside England to the round of 16. The Americans will face the Group A winners, the Netherlands, while Iran's tournament is over, failing to progress for the next stages of the World Cup for the sixth time.
Iran threw everything they had at the USA, but the Americans overall had more quality and deserved the win. They particularily dominated in the first half, and were able to find their sole goal in the 38th minute through Pulisic. Iran looked a much better side in the second half, with Rezaeian especially showing a lot of quality on the right-hand side, but they ultimately could not get a chance past Turner.
90' + 10' FULL-TIME: IRAN 0-1 UNITED STATES
90' + 9' Iran want a penalty for a possible foul on Taremi from Carter-Vickers, but there is very little contact to justify anything.
90' + 8' Iran keep trying to get the ball up into the box, but it keeps getting headed away.
A. Jalali
Yellow Card
Iran
90' + 6' Jalali is booked after he loses the ball, for a foul on Musah, who was on the attack.
90' + 3' Iran win a free-kick, and Pouraliganji's diving header is just wide. What a chance! His head is in his hands as he processes the miss.
90' + 2' Jalali with a cross in, but Zimmerman is able to clear ahead of Turner.
90' + 1' Five of Iran’s last six goals at the World Cup have been scored in 90th minute stoppage time, including three of four at this year’s tournament. Two in 2022 have come after the 100th minute – Mehdi Taremi’s penalty vs England (102:30) and Ramin Rezaeian vs Wales (100:37).
88' At least nine minutes of added time will be given.
86' Iran attempt to build-up, but a through-ball is hit far too hard into the hands of Turner. The USA then attack, but Moore at the back post can't control the ball, and it's cleared.
84' USA have failed to have a shot on target in the second half. In fact, only Australia (0) have managed fewer in the second half at the 2022 World Cup than USA (1).
H. Kanani
Yellow Card
Iran
83' Kanani gets booked by the referee from the bench for complaining.
83' Iran get a free-kick from about 35 yards out. It's cleared initially, and but then it falls towards Karimi but it bounces kindly towards Turner. Iran want a handball, but the replay shows that there is nothing in it.
W. Zimmerman
T. Weah
United States
82' Zimmerman comes on for Weah.
S. Moore
S. Dest
United States
82' Dest will come off for Moore.
80' Carter-Vickers gets away with one as he shoves Ghoddos on the left flank.
K. Ansarifard
A. Gholizadeh
Iran
78' Gholizadeh comes off for Ansarifard.
H. Wright
J. Sargent
United States
77' Wright will come on for the injured Sargent.
M. Hosseini
Yellow Card
Iran
77' Hosseini gets booked for a foul on Aaronson.
76' Sargent will continue treatment off the field, and the USA will play with 10 men.
75' Sargent is being treated after landing awkwardly on the ball.
75' There has been just one shot on target in the second half, while only Uruguay vs Korea Republic had fewer in the second half of a game at the 2022 World Cup (0).
A. Jalali
E. Hajisafi
Iran
72' Hajisafi makes way for Jalali.
M. Torabi
A. Noorollahi
Iran
71' Iran make some changes with Torabi coming on for Noorollahi.
70' Ezatolahi takes a chance from 25 yards out, but it's well over.
68' The USA win a free-kick just outside the box, and Musah takes it. His effort sails over the bar.
K. Acosta
W. McKennie
United States
65' McKennie's game is over, as he comes off for Acosta.
65' Big chance for Iran! Ghoddos' curling shot is wide, just missing the far post, but it would not have counted given that there was a foul in the build-up.
64' Rezaeian is down after he gets studs into the back of his achillies, and he goes down yelling in pain. But after a few moments, he's OK to continue.
62' Rezaeian once again finds himself in a good position on the right, and crosses it in. The ball is cleared, and Weah breaks, but he's tackled in Iran's half.
59' Taremi attempts to break again, but before the play can finish, he's called offside.
58' The USA win two corners back to back, but are unable to produce anything of note.
57' Taremi has been directly involved in three of Iran’s four 2022 World Cup goals (2 goals, 1 assist). Taremi created eight chances against Wales, which was the most by a player in a World Cup group stage match since Tranquillo Barnetta for Switzerland against Honduras in 2010 (also 8). Taremi this year has already created the most chances by an Iran player at a single World Cup tournament (9).
55' Taremi fails to beat Carter-Vickers in the box and the forward accidentally trips Turner while trying to get to the ball.
54' Iran are getting forward more as Rezaeian gets another cross but it's cleared.
52' Better from Iran! Rezaeian crosses it in from the right, and Ghoddos is able to get a head on it, but it goes over. Their best chance of the game so far.
51' Taremi attempts a run through on goal, and despite having Ghoddos alongside him, Taremi opts to continue, but is met by a pack of American defenders to dispossess him.
49' Iran have failed to attempt a single shot in the first half of a World Cup game for the first time in their history.
47' Sargent takes a shot from a tight angle, but Beyranvand makes the save.
B. Aaronson
C. Pulišić
United States
46' Pulisic will be unable to continue as well, and he's replaced by Aaronson at the half.
S. Ghoddos
S. Azmoun
Iran
46' Iran makes a half-time change with Azmoun coming off for Ghoddos.
46' The referee has blown his whistle, and we are back underway.
As it stands, the USA will join England in the knockout rounds, as the Three Lions' current match against Wales remains goalless. However, Iran only need a point to advance, if England can keep the Welsh at bay.
The first half was all USA, with the Americans much more aggressive and progressive on the ball. Iran were unable to get out of their own half as the United States created several chances. They were eventually awarded for their efforts after Pulisic's close-range strike. Weah thought he had doubled the lead just on the brink of half-time, but he was marginally offside.
45' + 8' HALF-TIME: Iran 0-1 USA
45' + 6' THE USA SCORE THEIR SECOND! But the flag is up! Weah is through on goal, and from a tight angle, he gets the ball into the net at the far post. But he's just offiside.
45' + 4' Dest is once again a threat on the right side, but his pass to Weah is mishit, and it goes out for a goal-kick.
A. Karimi
M. Mohammadi
Iran
45' + 3' Mohammadi is down injured, and it's very clear that he can't continue. Karimi comes on in his place.
45' + 1' A big chance for the USA to double their lead! Adams with some great feet in the middle of the pitch gets the ball to Sargent. He lays it off to Weah for a one-two but Hosseini intercepts.
45' There will be a minimum of five minutes of added time before the whistle.
43' Pulisic comes back on for the final few minutes of the half, but he's still limping.
T. Adams
Yellow Card
United States
43' Adams gets booked for stopping an Iranian counter.
40' Whilst scoring the goal, Pulisic collided hard with Beiranvand. He's getting treatment, and the USA will have to continue with ten men for now.
S. Dest
Assist
United States
38' Dest has been a creative force on the right all night long, getting the ball into the box constantly, and Iran have failed to deal with the threat.
C. Pulišić
Goal
United States
38' GOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!! You can't say it hasn't been coming. The USA have been all over Iran, and they have finally got the ball in the back of the net. McKennie with a good ball to Dest, who heads it into the path of America's star man Pulisic to score. Iran 0-1 United States!
36' The USA win another corner, and Pulisic opts to pull it back to Dest, but Taremi scampers to the ball quickly, and prevents the American from making a pass or taking a shot.
33' Another good play from the USA as Sargent gets the ball to Weah in a good position, but he blasts his shot over the bar.
31' Iran with their first chance going forward in a while as Nourollahi attempts to scamper through on goal, but his touch is too heavy. He gets shoved by Carter-Vickers as Turner collects, and needs a quick check by the medics, but he's fine to continue.
30' Dest cuts in from the right to shoot, but it's blocked by Hosseini, who read it well.
28' HUGE CHANCE FOR THE USA! The ball ricochets straight into the path of Weah, who is alone in the box. The American rushes his header, however, and it's straight into the hands of Beiranvand.
27' The USA win the first corner of the match, and Pulisic takes it. It's poor as it doesn't get past the first man before it is headed away.
24' It's Weah again, who gets into the box, but he mishits the ball for a goal-kick for Iran.
22' It's all USA on the attack, but they are lacking quality on the final ball. At the byline, Weah tries cut-back to Pulisic, but it's deflected away.
20' After a great almost through ball from Pulisic that was intercepted, Iran go forward as Taremi attempts to pass it over to Azmoun but Ream comes in with an important interception for the USA.
18' USA have lost their third group stage match on seven of their eight participations with this format in the FIFA World Cup, with the exception being a 1-0 win over Algeria in 2010.
16' Robinson with another good cross into the middle, but it's right behind Weah. The USA keep the ball, and Dest then crosses it in for a simple tap-in, but no American striker is there and Beiranvand is able to collect.
14' Iran enjoying some of the ball now, but they aren't doing much with it going forward. They can afford a draw to advance, if Wales do not beat England.
11' Pulisic is able to head the ball from a cross towards goal, but his effort is weak, and is catched easily.
9' A good ball in from Robinson finds Musah, and he takes one touch before taking a chance to volley, but it blazes over.
7' Robinson crosses the ball near the front post, but it's cleared. Dest tries to recycle possession, but loses the ball.
5' Iran take the ball forward, and are able to pass it around a bit. Rezaeian gets the chance to cross it in twice, but is unable to find a white shirt to connect.
2' Pulisic runs into the final third but is stopped by a well-timed tackle from Hosseini.
1' Iran win a free-kick in seconds in a dangerous area but it's headed away before it even gets into the box.
1' The referee has blown the whistle and we are underway!
The teams are out, and we will be starting momentarily.
Walker Zimmerman has completed 148 passes for the USA in the group stages so far, 33 more than any other American player. The only USA player to complete more in a group stage since 1966 is Claudio Reyna in 1998 (169), whose son Giovanni Reyna made his World Cup debut alongside Zimmerman in the 0-0 draw with England.
Gregg Berhalter does not have any injury concerns ahead of this clash. The USMNT manager has opted to start Sargent ahead of Haji again, after the latter was dropped for the match against England. The frontline will hope that their quality in front of goal improves, having only scored the one goal against Wales.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh will be forced to watch his team from afar as he was booked for a second time in the tournament against Wales after a high-footed challenge on Chris Mepham. Azmoun was a doubt for Carlos Queiroz's side due to an injury issue, but he starts up top for Iran regardless.
SUBS: Walker Zimmerman, Giovanni Reyna, Jesus Ferreira, Brenden Aaronson, Ethan Horvath, Luca de la Torre, Aaron Long, Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan, Shaquell Moore, Haji Wright, DeAndre Yedlin, Kellyn Acosta, Sean Johnson, Joe Scally.
USA (4-3-3): Matt Turner; Sergino Dest, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson; Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, Yunus Musah; Timothy Weah, Josh Sargent, Christian Pulisic.
SUBS: Sadegh Moharrami, Shojae Khalilzadeh, Karim Ansarifard, Vahid Amiri, Payam Niazmand, Hossein Kanaanizadegan, Saman Ghoddos, Rouzbeh Cheshmi, Mehdi Torabi, Ali Karimi, Amir Abedzadeh, Hossein Hosseini, Abolfazl Jalali.
IRAN (4-3-3): Alireza Beiranvand; Ramin Rezaeian, Majid Hosseini, Morteza Pouraliganji, Milad Mohammadi; Ahmad Nourollahi, Saeid Ezatolahi, Ehsan Hajsafi; Ali Gholizadeh, Sardar Azmoun, Mehdi Taremi.
Iran have given themselves a chance to qualify for the knockout round after an impressive 2-0 victory against Wales. The USA come into this match having two points, but have struggled with finding any ruthlessness in front of goal.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the FIFA World Cup Group B match between Iran and the United States at the Al Thumama Stadium.