After eight years of preparation, American soccer fans finally celebrated their round-of-16 victory at the World Cup thanks to Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over Iran in the Group A finale.
Following Christian Pulisic’s go-ahead goal in the 38th minute, Team USA supporters from New York to Los Angeles burst out into applause, albeit only momentarily. The excitement soon turned to nervousness as Pulisic, who sustained an apparent injury after the goal, remained on the field. He The team briefly returned, but the referee subbed them out at halftime.
To advance to the knockout stages, the US needed to win against Iran in the Group A finale. However, that win was not a certain thing against an Iranian team on the rise after a 2-0 win over Wales. The second half of Tuesday saw more nervous moments than usual as Iran created a number of scoring opportunities. The Americans now face the Netherlands at 10:00 EST on Saturday.
Many people enjoy a daytime. World Cup soccer in a bar is a new experience, for American soccer fans. The 2018 team did not qualify. World Cup in Russia – considered one of the greatest disappointments in USMNT history – and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil was played at times that were convenient for American audiences due to the shared time zones.
Since then, soccer has become the fourth most watched sport in America. Americans are used to watching European matches on Saturday mornings. These matches are increasingly being played by Americans like Tyler Adams of Leeds United and Chelsea’s Pulisic.
Although Tuesday’s match against England was not shown on New York’s Times Square’s jumbotrons, soccer fans still found other ways to view it. While some people packed bars and restaurants to watch the action, others were more interested in what was happening at work via their smartphones and computers.
World Cup fans gather at Smithfield Hall in New York City to view the match between Iran and the USA on Friday.
After Christian Pulisic’s goal in the 38th, Smithfield Hall fans from New York celebrated
Los Angeles: Fans watch Iran take on the United States in their second ever match. World Cup meeting
One of the many bars that caters to American fans is Bierhaus NYC. World Cup fans
While the match was underway on Tuesday, smiling Iranian and US fans were posing for photos at a Doha stadium.
Although the atmosphere was festive, there were political divisions between Iran fans outside Al Thumama Stadium. This was similar to previous Iran games during which pro-government supporters confronted those who supported the anti-governmental protests in Iran.
Two Iranians living in London were harassed on Tuesday by Associated Press journalists while they spoke to a journalist about protests. One of them, Maryam, was subject to a grazing slap on the face from an Iranian man who followed her. The man who slapped Maryam was not arrested by security guards.
Others blew vuvuzelas at them or recorded them. One man shouted at them, in Farsi: “Why don’t you think Iran’s good?”
Dalia, a 18-year-old Iranian girl from Ahvaz said Tuesday’s game had revealed divisions within her family between people who are still committed to Iran’s national football team and those who view the players as instruments of the government.
Qatari Iranian players have refused to comment on the protests in Iran that were sparked in part by the death of a 22 year-old woman who was being held in custody of the morality police of Iran.
Dalia stated that it was so difficult for her because she wants to support them, but can’t.
World Cup fans gather at Smithfield Hall to watch Friday’s match between the United States and Iran in New York
The Iranian players sang along before kickoff to the national anthem, as they did against Wales. The Iranian national anthem was heard during Iran’s kickoff. World Cup opener against England, which some saw as a sign of support for the protest movement.
Mehrdad from Arizona and Eli from Arizona brought photos of young women who were killed during Iran’s protests to match. They said that holding them up would invite harassment so Eli kept them in her purse. They spoke of a deep feeling of unease in the stadium.
Mehrdad, referring specifically to the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guard, said that he feels like he is surrounded “by IRGC agents”. “Everybody is watching you.”
The tensions between Iran and the USA were not an issue for Iranian fans, who posed together in photos.
They have played in an a World Cup once before in 1998 in France when Iran beat the US by 2-1.
It was amazing to see Americans. Yas, a Shirazian teenager who loves Iran, said that Americans are friendly. “I hope that this will be a chance for people connect and share their culture peacefully.
Her The older sister had an X drawn with a marker black over her lips.
‘SheYas stated, “It’s doing so to show that we all can’t discuss the politics in this country.”
This latest protest represents one of the greatest challenges to Iran’s ruling elite since the 1979 Islamic Revolution brought them to power. Rights groups claim that security forces used live ammunition and birdshot on protestors, beating and arresting many of them.
According to Human Rights Activists Iran, which has been closely monitoring the protests, at least 452 people have been killed and over 18,000 taken into custody.
Two former Iran players were released by Iranian authorities shortly before the match. They were detained in connection to protests.
Parviz Boroumand was a former goalkeeper. He was charged with participating in protests against Tehran’s capital and also accused of damaging property. According to state-linked media, Voria Ghafouri had been arrested last week for allegedly ‘insulting national soccer team’ and ‘propagandizing against government’
Gianni Infantino (the head of FIFA world soccer body) stated in a statement that he was delighted Ghafouri had been released.
Infantino stated, “In making this decision, I appreciate support from the Iranian Authorities, and in particular, that of Hamid Sajjadi the Iranian Minister of Sport and Youths who I met around Iran’s match against Wales.” ‘FIFA believes dialogue and engagement should be the main channel to solving any problems.