The fans of the Iranian national team after the loss against the USA (Paz Hasdai)
Almost 25 years have passed since the Iranian team defeated the USA 1:2 in the only meeting between the two hated rivals in the World Cup. Tonight (Tuesday) the Americans closed the account with a 0:1 against the Iranians, but unlike the last time they met, this time the American victory was much more significant because that he sent them to the round of 16 at the expense of the bitter rival who will return home bareheaded. The great Christian Pulisic decided with a goal before the break and will hope to be fit for the big meeting against the Netherlands, after colliding with the goalkeeper during his goal and being substituted before the second half. The match between the Netherlands and the USA in the round of 16 It will actually be the first official meeting between them.
In five friendly matches to date, the Netherlands have won four times, while in the last one the USA won 3:4 (June 2015). Memphis Depay then scored the third for the Oranges, who were already leading 1:3 and still lost in Amsterdam.
And what about the Iranians?
In Iran itself, you will be surprised or not, many residents who oppose the regime and the local government, celebrated this loss and removal with fireworks and car horns when you can hear many Iranians shouting "America, America".
The joys of losing
Fireworks in the sky of Iran
Whispers in the streets
Will he keep a clean sheet against the Netherlands in the round of 16?
USA goalkeeper Matt Turner celebrates (Photo: Reuters)
Recap of USA's 0:1 victory over Iran courtesy of Kaan 11 - the official broadcaster of the 2022 World Cup. Live broadcasts, recaps, statistics and more await you on Kaan's World Cup page
Tim Waugh, one of the stars of the US team, said after the game: "We worked hard as a team to get to this point, thanks to Christian who put it in the net and took us to the next level. God bless him, he is a key player and our leader. I always say it's us against the world, Because no one believes that the USA can play good football.
We are here to prove to the world.
It's a beautiful day, no doubt."
Greg Barholter, the happy coach said: "In the first half we showed that we can play smart football.
In the second half, we showed how determined we can be."
Weston McKenney: "We wanted to control our own destiny, we knew we could do it. We are a very united group, we are all brothers. We love this pressure and excitement, we are a young team with our own style. We did it and we are happy to continue here. We thank Christian Shasham His body to conquer, there are 25 other guys here who would have done the exact same thing. It's a shame that he had to leave, but what he did says exactly what the national team means to each of us."
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