On Tuesday, the United States played Iran in the third and final round of group stages in the World Cup.
The United States needed to secure an outright victory to advance to elimination rounds, called the ‘Round of 16’.
In a closely contested game, the United States won 1-0 against Iran, and will now face off against the Netherlands in the Round of 16 on Saturday.
The game became the subject of controversy this week after an Iranian reporter asked USA Team Captain Tyler Adams about discrimination against African-Americans in the United States after chastising him for mispronouncing the country’s name.
Adams gracefully handled the attack by saying that the United States still has progress left to make, like every other country in the world including Iran.
Tyler Adams mispronounced Iran and was called out by an Iranian journalist – who followed up with a question on discrimination in the United States.
— Stu Holden (@stuholden) November 28, 2022
The United States men’s soccer team will be in Qatar for a little longer after defeating Iran in their final group-stage match of the 2022 World Cup on Tuesday.
The United States scored the opening goal when Christian Pulisic slotted the ball home in the 38th minute. But in doing so he suffered an injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the game.
Toward the end of the first half, Timothy Weah put the ball back in the net as well for the U.S., but the goal was ruled offside, keeping the score 1-0 at the half.
In the second half, both teams opened up the game and pushed for goals, but neither proved successful.
The U.S. parked the bus for more than nine minutes of stoppage time to secure the win. Iran had a serious chance with about five minutes left but missed wide to the right. Iran was nearly awarded a penalty towards the end of the match.