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Christian Pulisic scored as the US beat Iran 1-0 to advance to the knockout stages, where they will face the Netherlands.

The United States beat Iran 1-0 to reach the final round of 16 of the World Cup in an exciting Group B decisive game on Tuesday, thanks to a Christian Pulisic strike.

The US talisman converted in the 38th minute, scoring from a tempting Sergino Dest header.

But he was unable to celebrate the goal and was injured when he stabbed the Iranian goalkeeper when scoring.

He requested medical treatment from the US staff and although he continued to play he was substituted early in the second half.

After the game, Pulisic was taken to hospital but coach Gregg Berhalter did not have an immediate update on his injury.

The Americans are second in Group B with five points, two behind England and will face the Netherlands on Saturday for a chance to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2002.

For Iran, the loss meant elimination as they finished third in the table with three points.

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said: “The dream ended with this result. “The US started the game a lot better than us, faster and controlled the game better.”

Have tension increased around the match because of the tense relationship between the US government and Iran. The Iranians famously beat the US 2-1 in the 1998 tournament in France, eliminating the Americans.

Christian Pulisic was sent off after America's first goal.
Christian Pulisic sent off after America’s first goal [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

Enthusiastic Iranian fans with trumpets and drums in a crowd of 42,127 filled the lower back of a goal at Al Thumama Stadium and were much noisier than their red-white-blue supporters The United States is at the other end and behind the American bench.

Needing a win to progress to the next round, the Americans started brilliantly but they couldn’t break through until Pulisic scored the decisive goal.

Weston McKennie makes a pass from just outside the center circle to Sergino Dest on the edge of the six-yard box. Dest headed the ball over the bar and Pulisic turned to cushion the ball from close range, scoring his first World Cup goal.

With England leading Wales in the remaining Group B game, Iran knew they only needed a draw to progress and finally got their first shot at goalkeeper Matt Turner as Saman Ghoddos headed over the bar. horizontal at the 52nd minute.

Morteza Pouraliganji concedes a free kick with a header that misses the post in stoppage time.

Mehdi Taremi appealed for a penalty in the closing stages when he fouled Cameron Carter-Vickers trying to stop him; His teammates surrounded the referee, but their objections were dispelled when Iran ultimately failed to get a shot on target.

“I hope that our fans and people in Iran will forgive us. I’m just sorry,” Taremi said.

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