DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Christian Pulisic kicked a ball, scored a goal and crashed into the goalkeeper, a collision that sent the American star to the hospital as the U.S. advanced to the second round of the World Cup.
A little over an hour later, he FaceTimed his teammates to celebrate.
Christian Pulisic’s 38th-minute goal sealed the US’s 1-0 victory over Iran in Tuesday’s political replay to advance to the knockout stages of the World Cup.
“Every player is ready to put their body on the line to make sure this team is successful,” said U.S. midfielder Weston McKenney.
The US are second in Group B with five points, two behind England, and face the Netherlands on Saturday with a chance of reaching the quarter-finals for the first time since 2002.
“I always say it’s us against the world,” striker Tim Weah said. “No one believes that America can play beautiful football.”
Pulisic was on all fours and lay in goal for about three minutes while being treated by the American staff. He attempted to continue the game but was replaced by Brendon Aaronson at the start of the second half and underwent an abdominal scan.
Pulisic suffered a pelvic contusion and is recovering every day, US Soccer said. He left the hospital and returned to the team hotel.
“I sent him a text and checked on him and he said, ‘Best believe I’ll be ready on Saturday,'” McKenney said.
U.S. coach Greg Behalter said Pulisic felt dizzy after the crash.
Returning to the World Cup after missing out on 2018, the United States opened with draws against Wales and England and needed a win to advance to the last 16.
The Iranian team ranked third in the group with 3 points. The team failed to qualify for all six World Cup appearances.
“This result shatters dreams,” Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said. “The U.S. started much better than us, with more pace and better control of the game.”
The raucous Iranian fans blew their horns and drums in a crowd of 42,127, their voices louder than the red-white-and-blue American supporters at the other end and behind the American bench after a goal at the Al Thumama Stadium. loud.
The United States beat Iran 9-0 in the first half but couldn’t make the breakthrough until Pulisic came up with a big moment, and the growing and increasingly demanding fan base at home had been craving it.
McKennie throws a pass from the center circle to Serginio Durst on the edge of the 6-yard box. Durst bounced his header in front of the net as Pulisic sprinted across the middle, past Ramin Rezaian and Majid Hosseinid.
Turning to let the ball hit his right foot, Pulisic deflected it to score his 22nd international goal and first in World Cup competition. His momentum saw him crash into goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand.
“Christian makes those runs. That’s what he does. That’s his special quality,” Berhalter said. “Once the ball goes wide, he’s going all out for the box and something good happens and you score.”
Berhalter thinks Pulisic got a second-half update to its mobile app.
Weah, who scored for the US in their opening 1-1 draw with Wales, nearly doubled their lead in the seventh minute of first-half stoppage time before being ruled offside.
With England ahead of Wales, Iran knew it only needed a draw to progress and finally hit goalkeeper Ma with its first shot in the 52nd minute when Samangudos’ header went over the bar. Turner. Saeid Ezatolahi headed an open shot wide in the 70th minute and Morteza Pouraliganji’s diving header went wide in the 3rd minute of stoppage time, 9 minutes into the match.
Walker Zimmerman cleared the ball before opening the net after Cameron Carter-Vickers lightly touched Mehdi Taremi in the ninth minute.
“I hope our fans and the Iranian people forgive us. I’m just sorry,” Taremi said.
Cartwix, the son of former NBA player Howard Carter, made his World Cup debut in place of Zimmerman and brought the U.S. to a World Cup game with an entirely European-based roster for the first time.
young at heart
With an average playing time of 24 years and 321 days, the U.S. team is the youngest of any team to date in the tournament and the youngest U.S. squad has played in a World Cup since 1990. Yunus Musa turned 20, the birthday of the first American to play in a World Cup match.
looking to the future
In Amsterdam in 2015, the United States beat the Netherlands 1-4, both in friendlies, overcoming a two-goal deficit to win 4-3.
“I think that’s the American spirit, the way this team plays, and I think people appreciate that,” Berhalter said.
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