News and highlights about the World Cup

Left to right: Sean Johnson, Aaron Long and Yunus Musah celebrate after beating Iran on Tuesday.
Left to right: Sean Johnson, Aaron Long and Yunus Musah celebrate after beating Iran on Tuesday. (Ashley Landis/AP)

The United States men’s national team (USMNT) had to work hard to secure a spot in the knockout stages of the World Cup, winning 1-0 against Iran in a tense Group B decisive match on Tuesday.

Christian Pulisic’s first-half goal was all that split the two sides as the USMNT reached the round of 16 for the first time since 2014.

Pressure has certainly been on Gregg Berhalter’s side in Qatar after the national team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, but the United States got the job done with three stellar performances in the group.

Sure it doesn’t look pretty at times, especially in the late game against Iran, but qualifying for the group stage is the bare minimum for this exciting young team.

There will be some concerns going into the knockout stages, however, after Pulisic suffered an abdominal injury when scoring the winning goal.

The USMNT will be hoping their star, dubbed “Captain America” ​​by some, is fit for Saturday’s round of 16 match against the Netherlands following news that Pulisic had been taken to hospital for an X-ray. .

Berhalter on Wednesday said he feels good after the team advanced to the Round of 16 of the World Cup, but he wants to “keep this going.”

“I think it’s just a matter of concentration. We’re not done yet. It’s great to get to the next round but we want to move on. We’ve got two tournaments we’re looking at, the league. group stage and knockout tournament and now we’re here in the knockout round. I just want to continue this,” Berhalter said on “CNN This Morning.”

“He seems to be doing well,” Berhalter said.

“We’ll see what he can do on the training ground tomorrow and hopefully he’ll be ready for the game against the Netherlands,” he said.

“But in terms of his contribution to the team, I said it a long time ago when one of your most talented players is also one of the hardest working, you know you’re in a position to be. good,” he added.

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