Christian Pulisic’s goal at the end of the first half helped the US win 1-0 against Iran in the last match of Group B on the morning of November 30 (according to Vn88 mobile).
The US is rated higher than Iran before the match, but the Asian representative also only needs a draw to win a ticket to the round of 16 of the group. The pressure to win against the CONCACAF team created the motivation for them to corner the opponent from the beginning of the match.
US coach told Vn88cx: With the use of 3 strikers on the attack including Christian Pulisic, Timothy Weah and Josh Sargent, coach Gregg Berhalter did not hide his intention to attack Iran first. The slightly better quality of personnel helps the US do this. Pulisic’s goal in the 38th minute was the result of the continuous efforts of the American representative.
From the right wing cross of defender Sergino Dest, the Chelsea star had a situation to rush into the ball, scoring the opening goal for the US. Coach Berhalter’s team had the first 45 minutes to surpass Iran in terms of game and statistics. Meanwhile, the pacifist mentality made Iran passively engage and did not pose much danger to the opponent.
With this 0-1 loss, Iran will be eliminated and the US will be the next team in the 2022 World Cup. Therefore, Iran plays more determined in the second half. Their attack lines are open and start to create opportunities. But the commentator of Vn88 newspaper said that the coordination situations in the last third of Iran’s opponent’s yard were not good. In a rare sharp situation in the second half of the second half, substitute midfielder Saman Ghoddos sent the ball wide of the goal in a favorable finishing position.
The extra time witnessed Iran’s effort to force the pitch. But coach Carlos Queiroz’s team has problems in the ability to arrange and deploy the ball when attacking. Iran’s expected goal index (xG) in this match is only 0.24, far behind the US, which created 1.35 xG.
Pulisic and his teammates made 12 shots (5 on target) towards the opponent’s goal while Iran had 4 (one on target). The US also had another time to put the ball into the net of Iran but it was not recognized by the referee due to offside.
The trio of midfielders Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie and Yunus Musah of the US continued to play well and proved that they did not draw England before by luck. As for Iran, they continued to miss the appointment with the round of 16 of the World Cup and could not make history for football. According to information disclosed by Vn88.cx.
Captain Hassan Al-Haydos did not hide his disappointment after the match. An official of the Qatar Football Federation had to go to comfort the national team captain. Hassan Al-Haydos had a bad match against the Netherlands and was substituted early.
Akram Afif, another star of the Qatar team, comes to comfort his teammates after a total loss. The home team was completely underwhelmed by the Netherlands and could not break up the tournament with a better performance.
According to statistics of Vn88 mobile, in the history of World Cups, Qatar is the only host country that did not win any points in the group stage. They are also the World Cup home team to be eliminated the earliest when they have to stop right after the second series.
Qatar lost all 3 matches in the group stage, conceding 7 goals and only hitting the opponent’s net once. Mohammed Muntari was the only scorer for Qatar in the 2022 World Cup in a 1-3 loss to Senegal.
Qatar players are expected to leave a good impression before the tournament. They have received large investments from the Qatari government over the years. The stars of the national team are given the best conditions, going on long tours in Europe or South America.
Qatar fans present in the stands of Al Bayt Stadium told Vn88cx that they were equally disappointed. The host country falling into the group is considered not too heavy when only the Netherlands really excels. However, Qatar plays far behind Ecuador or Senegal, the other two opponents in the table.