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The USMNT advance in the World Cup with Iran victory

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The USMNT (United States Men’s National Team) finished their group matches with a win over Iran at the World Cup in Qatar.

After a draw in the first two games, the team needed a win to progress to the next stage.

However, the USMNT managed to break through, thanks to a Christian Pulisic goal.


The game against Iran put pressure on Gregg Berhalter and the USMNT after they failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Despite past failures, the team has more than made up for it after three games.

While the first two games were problematic, as Team USA dropped four points, the USMNT managed to move on to the next phase.

Christian Pulisic scored in the first half and gave Iran a mountain to climb.

When the final whistle sounded, the USMNT reached the knockout stages for the first time since the 2014 World Cup.

However, Berhalter and the young Americans were concerned after star player Pulisic suffered an abdominal injury while scoring the game-winning goal.

Read also: USMNT draws with Wales after Zimmerman blunder


In a must-win match, Gregg Berhalter fielded a strong eleven against Iran.

The team consisted of the following:

  • Matt Turner
  • Antonee Robinson
  • Tim Ream
  • Cameron Carter-Vickers
  • Sergino Dest
  • Tyler Adams
  • Yunus Musah
  • Weston McKennie
  • Christian Pulisic
  • Josh Sargent
  • Tim Weah

Meanwhile, Iran fielded a solid team to give the US side a hard time. 

Carlos Queiroz built a team that included:

  • Alireza Beiranvand
  • Ehsan Hajsafi
  • Milad Mohammadi
  • Saeid Ezatolahi
  • Morteza Pouraliganji
  • Mehdi Taremi
  • Ali Gholizadeh
  • Majid Hosseini
  • Sardar Azmoun
  • Ahmad Nourollahi
  • Ramin Rezaeian

Read also: Qatar ends first World Cup match in a loss to Ecuador

The match

The confrontation between the USMNT and Iran was always going to be intense.

It was also their first meeting on the football field

During the match, Gregg Berhalter’s team showed determination.

At the start, the USMNT had 65% possession.

However, Team USA’s first chance came around half an hour.

The Iranian keeper quickly caught an attempt by Tim Weah, but that only prompted the USMNT to do better.

Finally, Christian Pulisic broke the deadlock by clashing with Beiranvand.

“Captain America” ​​​​had to be helped off the field by two medics.

Even as he returned to the game, Pulisic was clearly struggling.

Early in the second half, Iran made every effort to slow down the United States.

Substitute Saman Ghoddos had two chances to level the field, but Matt Turner remained unmoved.

Iran called for a penalty when Mehdi Taremi pressed Carter-Vickers.

However, the VAR ruled that it was not a penalty.

Referee Mateu Lahoz blew the final whistle signaling progress for the USMNT and heartbreak for Iran.

The American team will face a solid Dutch team that swept away hosts Qatar in a 2-0 win.


USMNT advances to World Cup knockout stage with hard-fought victory over Iran

USMNT draws with Wales after Zimmerman blunder

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The USMNT (the United States Men’s National Team) began its 2022 World Cup campaign on the right foot.

Their victory was short-lived, however, as Welsh icon and LAFC forward Gareth Bale leveled the match and ended the game in a draw.


The Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium was filled on Monday with American fans chanting “U-S-A” to voice their support.

The USMNT remained consistent with its dominance, taking control for most of the game.

22-year-old Timothy Weah helped the team progress and scored their goal in the first half.

Although they had a good match, LAFC star Gareth Bale brought them back to reality.

In the second half, a fumble from Walker Zimmerman gave Wales the penalty.

With experience, Bale shot the goal into the top corner.

After the final whistle, the Welsh fans went into a frenzy as they chanted Bale’s name.

Wales manager Rob Paige praised his captain after the game, saying:

“He has never let us down.”

Read also: Qatar ends first World Cup match in a loss to Ecuador

The lineups

The USMNT brought a solid team for Qatar in hopes of winning the World Cup.

Their lineup includes:

  • Matt Turner
  • Sergino Dest
  • Antonee Robinson
  • Tim Ream
  • Walker Zimmerman
  • Yunus Musah
  • Weston McKennie
  • Tyler Adams
  • Joshua Sargent
  • Timothy Weah
  • Christian Pulisic
  • Luca De La Torre
  • Cristian Roldan
  • Haji Wright
  • Sean Johnson
  • Kellyn Acosta
  • Joe Scally
  • Brendon Aaronson
  • Giovanni Reyna
  • Cameron Carter-Vickers
  • Shaquell Moore
  • Jordan Morris
  • Jesus Ferreira
  • Aaron Long
  • DeAndre Yedlin

Meanwhile, Wales played their first World Cup game since 1958.

The Wales outfit has shown a solid squad to ensure they leave their mark, including:

  • Wayne Hennessey
  • Ben Davies
  • Joe Rodon
  • Chris Mepham
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Ethan Ampadu
  • Connor Roberts
  • Neco Williams
  • Harry Wilson
  • Gareth Bale
  • Daniel James
  • Kieffer Moore
  • Rubin Colwill
  • Mark Harris
  • Joe Morrell
  • Danny Ward
  • Tom Lockyer
  • Matthew Smith
  • Jonathan Williams
  • Joe Allen
  • Sorba Thomas
  • Adam Davies
  • Chris Gunter
  • Dylan Levitt
  • Brennan Johnson
  • Ben Cabango

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The match

The USMNT for the 2022 World Cup has been hailed as the “golden generation.”

However, they brought with them some naivety, costing them the match.

They took the opportunity to shine throughout the first half, but the tie will cause the USMNT to learn a lesson from this game.

In the first 45 minutes, the United States applied intense pressure on Wales, forcing their opponents to waste a few balls.

USMNT star and Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic and Timothy Weah were the more spirited players of the American side.

However, their performance declined in the second half.

Zimmerman’s foul allowed Wales and Gareth Bale to equalize, dropping points for the Americans.

“Walking into the locker room after the game, you could see the disappointment on their faces,” said USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter after the match.

“We got a bit sloppy with the ball in the second half, we had control in the first half.”

“Even when we’re winning, we’re thinking about how we could close out the game, but it didn’t happen. Players were disappointed, staff were disappointed.”

The USMNT meets another solid team in England on Friday.


Gareth Bale saves Wales to frustrate USMNT at Qatar 2022

Argentina finally win World Cup, Messi is the GOAT

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Argentina: After a thrilling six-goal game between Argentina and France, which the former won on penalties, the 2022 World Cup is finally over.

With the coveted Jules Rimet trophy, Lionel Messi has triumphed over football, much to the joy of the millions who supported the Argentine.

The topic of who is the best player in the world is finally settled.


Argentina defeated several formidable and underdog opponents to advance to the final.

The teams they defeated are as follows:

  • Mexico
  • Australia
  • The Netherlands

Meanwhile, France pulled off the seemingly impossible and ended the World Cup winners’ curse by passing the group stage, the round of 16, the quarterfinals, and the semifinals.

Both teams engaged in a back-and-forth contest in the World Cup 2022 final.

By scoring two goals before the half, Argentina was able to seize the lead.

France made a comeback to tie the game in the second half.

Kylian Mbappe, the Golden Boy, managed a double and served as the engine.

Both teams sought to score the winning goal in extra time after the final score of 2-2.

Argentina didn’t give up and hit what they thought was the winning shot.

Mbappe, on the other hand, quickly grounded them back.

Time passed, resulting in penalties.

Argentina was able to strike every target despite the tense environment.

Argentina and Lionel Messi won the World Cup for the first time in decades as goalkeeper Emil Martinez of Argentina did what he does best and stopped two French attempts.

Starting 11s

French manager Didier Deschamps selected a strong starting eleven for the tournament’s biggest stage to guarantee they would make history and defend their championship.

The France starting eleven include:

  • Hugo Lloris
  • Jules Kounde
  • Raphael Varane
  • Dayot Upamecano
  • Theo Hernandez
  • Antoine Griezmann
  • Adrien Rabiot
  • Aurelian Tchouameni
  • Ousmane Dembele
  • Olivier Giroud
  • Kylian Mbappe

In the meantime, the Argentinean Lionel Scaloni fielded a talented eleven that comprised the following:

  • Emil Martinez
  • Nahuel Molina
  • Cristian Romero
  • Nicolas Otamendi
  • Nicolas Tagliafico
  • Rodrigo De Paul
  • Enzo Fernandez
  • Alexis Mac Allister
  • Angel Di Maria
  • Julian Alvarez

The first half

Argentina chose a close-quarters 4-4-2 shape when the starting lineups were confirmed just before kickoff.

France, meanwhile, chose the 4-3-3 lineup that helped them win the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

Argentina pressed hard to obtain a shot at an early goal rather than waiting for the French to swarm them.

Hugo Lloris of France had a hectic first half as the Argentines pressured the defense.

Although Angel Di Maria threw out fruitless crosses, his output was remarkable.

Di Maria collided with Ousmane Dembele and fell to the ground in the 21st minute, setting up the game’s first penalty.

Stepping up, Lionel Messi connected in his attempt to take the lead.

After the Argentines recovered the ball from the French after fifteen minutes, they launched a counterattack that allowed Mac Allister to get clear on goal.

He chose the pass after spotting Di Maria on the left flank with his peripheral view.

The Juventus player scored the second goal while going unnoticed.

Didier Deschamps substituted Giroud and Dembele for Marcus Thuram and Randal Kolo Muani just before halftime.

Just before the whistle, the French held on for the game.

Read also: USMNT draws with Wales after Zimmerman blunder

The second half

The French mentality changed after the kickoff.

Although Argentina was still tough, whatever motivational speech Deschamps made at the break helped, as his team had more possession.

The French also started to defend themselves more forcefully.

With 35 minutes remaining, Scaloni substituted Marcus Acuna for Angel Di Maria, resting the finest player from the first half.

Hernandez and Griezmann were substituted by Edouardo Camavinga and Kingsley Coman for a pair of fresh legs.

Eleven minutes before the final whistle, Argentine Nicolas Otamendi committed a terrible error and knocked Randal Kolo Muani to the ground.

Kylian Mbappe’s penalty gave the French their first opportunity.

The young Frenchman’s goal was a howler when he scored barely a minute later, proving that the penalty was insufficient.

Otamendi prevented Mbappe from completing his hat trick with a critical block.

The two sides use up the extra time, which results in more time.

Extra time

On the right side of the defense, Argentina inserted Gonzalo Montiel in place of Molina.

Deschamps substituted Youssouf Fofana for Rabiot in the 96th minute of play.

De Paul makes a crucial stop three minutes later to prevent France from scoring a third.

Four minutes later, Leandro Paredes and Lautaro Martinez replaced him and Alvarez.

As they pressed the French into halftime, the substitutes inspired the Argentines.

As soon as the second period of extra time began, Messi and his team kept up their pressure.

In the 108th minute, a Lloris save resulted in Messi receiving the ball and shooting a goal.

Argentina took a 3-2 lead as the ball crossed the goal line despite Upamecano’s clearance attempt.

Five minutes later, Paredes made a dangerous challenge on Camavinga, earning the French a penalty.

Mbappe stepped up, tying the score with his game’s third goal.

Paulo Dybala replaced Tagliafico in the extra time.

Axel Disasi replaced Jules Kounde for the French at the same time.

A French counterattack had Muani one-on-one with the goalie, but Emil Martinez made an Iker Casillas-esque save to preserve the score.

After the whistle, there was a penalty shootout.

The shootout

Mbappe scored his fourth goal of the evening as France took the opening shot in the shootout.

Messi did the same to offer Argentina hope in the meantime.

As usual, Emil Martinez dived to the right and stopped Coman’s penalty.

Following Messi and Martinez’s footsteps, Argentina’s Paulo Dybala shot the second goal.

Tchoumeni attempted to energize the French team, but his tiredness likely caused him to miss the goal.

Paredes took Argentina’s third kick, and despite Lloris getting a hand on the ball, Argentina scored.

Muani made up for the misses by beating Martinez to bring the score to 2-3.

Gonzalo Montiel stood up for the final penalty shot and swung Lloris’ the wrong way.

Argentina won the world title.

Read also: Qatar ends first World Cup match in a loss to Ecuador

Other notes

Argentina brought home the gold after finally winning the World Cup.

Achieving their most desired success are Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria.

The discussion between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is over since Messi played a crucial role in realizing the long-held dream.


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Qatar ends first World Cup match in a loss to Ecuador

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Qatar hosted the first match of the 2022 World Cup last night, but what was supposed to be a dream turned into a nightmare.

In their opening match, Qatar faced Ecuador, and the quality of both teams could not have been more evident.

Indeed, Ecuador closed the match in the first half, scoring 2-0 against the hosts.

The defeat breaks with the tradition of the host country winning the opening match of the football festival, the first host defeat in decades.


The opening ceremony was a sight when actor Morgan Freeman took the stage before BTS star Jung Kook’s performance.

The main event finally took center stage, but not everything went as planned.

Qatar looked nervous in the game, battling against an experienced team from Ecuador.

The opponents took advantage of plenty of chances and were rewarded with two goals from Ecuadorian striker Enner Valencia.

The game was practically over in the first half.

When the second half started, the stadium had more empty seats as some fans felt they had seen enough.

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The lineup

The host country’s starting lineup was a strong team that reached the semi-finals of the 2021 Gold Cup and won the 2019 Asian Cup.

The team consisted of the following:

  • Saad Alsheeb
  • Pedro Miguel
  • Abdelkarim Hassan
  • Homam Ahmed
  • Bassam Hisham
  • Boualem Khoukhi
  • Abdulaziz Hatem
  • Hassan Alhaydos
  • Karim Boudiaf
  • Akram Afif
  • Almoez Ali

Meanwhile, Ecuador faced controversy over Byron Castillo’s eligibility for Ecuador since he was born in Colombia.

Despite Castillo’s absence, Ecuador continues to be a strong team with the following:

  • Hernán Galíndez
  • Piero Hincapié
  • Félix Torres
  • Angelo Preciado
  • Pervis Estupiñán
  • Gonzalo Plata
  • Jhegson Méndez
  • Moisés Caicedo
  • Romario Ibarra
  • Michael Estrada
  • Enner Valencia

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The match

When the match started, Ecuador immediately kicked into high gear.

After three minutes of play, the opponents thought they had taken the lead.

When Valencia headed the ball, Ecuador and their fans cheered, but VAR (Video Assistant Referee) ruled it offside and disallowed the goal.

Despite the disappointment, the opposition did not back down.

Minutes later, Ecuador was awarded a penalty when Qatar keeper Saad Al Sheeb fouled Valencia in the box.

Enner Valencia immediately had a shot on goal, and the yellow shirts celebrated again.

Throughout the first half, Ecuador saw more of the ball and used their experience to overwhelm the home side.

Before the end of the half, Valencia fired a ball into the bottom corner, extending their lead.

Ecuador continued to put Qatar under pressure in the second half, but despite their stifled spirits, the hosts managed to stay compact in defense.

Toward the end, Qatar came close to scoring, but the shot went over the crossbar.

Qatar will face a solid Dutch side on 29 November and hope to progress to the round of 16.


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