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USA edge past Iran to secure last 16 place

USA edge past Iran to secure last 16 place

Christian Pulisic‘s first half strike proved enough to guide USA to a narrow 1-0 victory over Iran that sets up a last-16 tie with the Netherlands on Saturday.

USA were unable to make the most of a number of golden opportunities in a dominant first half performance until Christian Pulisic gave his side a deserved lead in the 39th minute, with an effort that ultimately cut short his evening at half time after colliding with Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand.

In contrast to the first half, USA had to remain resilient in the second period as Iran pressed forward in search of an elusive equaliser, and Gregg Berhalter’s side had to survive a late penalty appeal to secure their passage to the knockout rounds.

More to follow.

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