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World Cup recap, Day 10: US defeats Iran, England wallop Wales | World Cup

Day 10 of the World Cup in Qatar: The much-anticipated match between Iran and the USA saw all politics and controversy swept aside by a spectacular display of football.

With a score of 1-0, the US won the game and will now move on to the Round of 16, where they will face the Iranians. The Iranians lost after placing third in Group B with just three points.

England, an old rival, defeated Wales with a 3-0 win that sent the Welsh team packing for their first ever match. World Cup tournament finals in 1958, an embarrassing record that has seen the Dragons lose to the Three Lions every year since 1984. The English scored a goal on Tuesday but the Welsh held their ground in the first period, much to the fury of their attackers.

World Cup hosts Qatar lost 2-0 to the Netherlands in a match that was barely enough to make the Dutch sweat. After a 3-1 loss against Senegal in the last game, Qatari players were already eliminated from the tournament. They finished the tournament with another poor performance.

Senegal also secured a place in Round of 16 after a thrilling win over Ecuador. The African team finished second in Group A, scoring six points from three matches, while the South American side was eliminated with four.

Here is a quick guide recapping all you need to know from day 10 – Tuesday, November 29 – of the Qatar World Cup 2022.

Iran fan is disappointed to find a way to win World Cup replica after his side’s 1-0 loss to the US on November 29, 2022 at Al Thumama Stadium [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

 

The United States team reached the final World Cup’s Round of 16 on Tuesday by beating Iran 1-0 at Al Thumama Stadium, after Christian Pulisic headed the ball home in a Group B showdown, amid a cloud of controversy and decades of enmity between the two countries.

Pulisic’s 38th-minute goal proved enough for the US side to advance at the expense of their geopolitical rivals in an eagerly awaited rematch of their 1998 World Cup group stage meeting, Iran had won with a score of 2-1

Sergino Dest kicked the ball towards the sprinting Pulisic who swept it into his net. This temporarily silenced the Iranian cheerleaders but crashed into the exhausted Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand.

Although Pulisic was able to get back on his feet within a few minutes, he was not comfortable and was replaced at the halftime by Brenden Aaronson. He Later, he was admitted to hospital with an abdominal injury.

Pulisic Lying On His Stomach Between The Goal Posts, Face In Agony, As The Goalie Sits Looking At Him While Teammates Bend Down To Check On Him
Christian Pulisic of the US lays injured on the pitch after he scored his side’s opening goal during the World Cup Group B match between Iran, USA at Al Thumama Stadium Doha, Qatar on November 29, 2022 [Luca Bruno/AP Photo]

Iran needed only one point to advance, but the US had restricted Iran’s ability to play on the defense and they won. The US is now two points behind the winners of Group B England to reach the 16th round for the fifth consecutive year.

“The dream is over with this result,” Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said after the game. “The US started the game much better than us, more quick with better control of the game.”

Jalali In Mid Air With The Ball Just Coming Off His Head, With Musah At His Side, Staring At The Ball Intently, Ready To Pounce
Iran’s Abolfazl Jalali and US’ Yunus Musah battle for the ball at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, November 29, 2022 [Ashley Landis/AP Photo]

Two goals by England’s Marcus Rashford and another by Phil Foden saw the team defeat Wales 3-0, advancing the English side to the knockout stage of the 2022 World Cup on Tuesday. England is the winner in Group B and will face Senegal in Sunday’s next round.

England’s Rashford opened the scoring with a 50th-minute free kick, and Foden added a second goal just a minute later.

Rashford then scored England’s third goal when his shot went through the legs of Wales’s goalkeeper Danny Ward in the 68th minute.

View From The Top Shows Foden In The Centre, Surrounded By The Green Of The Pitch, With Arms Outstretched And A Straight, Right Foot Kicking The Ball
England’s Phil Foden in action during the game against Wales at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar, November 29, 2022 [Peter Cziborra/Reuters]

Foden and Rashford had been substitutes in the first game against Iran. Rashford was again able to do so in the match against America. Gareth Southgate, England’s coach, wisely decided to leave Bukayo Saka (and Raheem Sterling) on the bench to give Rashford or Foden an opportunity from the beginning.

Meanwhile, Wales captain Gareth Bale was injured and had to be taken off at halftime.

Wales needed to win four goals to advance to the knockout phase. They defended hard and frustrated England in a quiet first half at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium. The Dragons gave up after the break to England, and the last whistle saw the players from Wales looking crestfallen at their first chance at the first. World Cup for 64 years failed to materialize.

England had seven chances to score against Wales’s one.

“Moments like this, this is what I play football for. The biggest moments, the best moments,” Rashford said after the game.

Roberts With A Strained Face Is In Mid-Leap With His Left Leg Right Up Near The Ball And The Right Bent Behind Him
Wales’s Connor Roberts reaches for the ball during the Group B match between England and Wales, at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, November 29, 2022 [Abbie Parr/AP Photo]

“It’s disappointing to go out but we will all walk out of that changing room with our heads held high proud of each other,” Bale said after the match.

This goal was scored by Cody Gakpo (Dutch star player). World Cup 2022 was won by the Netherlands with a 2-0 win against Qatar on Tuesday.

Gakpo scored in the 26th minute followed by teammate Frenkie de Jong’s goal in the 49th minute to cruise past the hosts. Gakpo’s second goal was also wiped out when it was discovered that he had handled the ball.

Gakpo also scored in Netherland’s first two games against Ecuador and Senegal.

The Netherlands is a three time runner-up at this year’s World Cup will next meet the US to compete for a place at the quarterfinals.

Al-Haydos And Blind Almost Mirror Each Other As Their Feet Are Outstretched Towards Each Other, Touching, With The Ball Near The Centre, Above
Daley Blind of the Netherlands (right) challenges for the ball with Qatar’s Hassan Al-Haydos during the World Cup Group A match at Al Bayt Stadium between Qatar and Netherlands, November 29, 2022 [Ariel Schalit/AP Photo]

Qatar, who had been eliminated from contention to advance to round 2 by Senegal’s 3-1 defeat, has not earned any points in this tournament. World Cup.

The 2019 Asian Cup was won by Qatar, the second country in the tournament to fail. This happened after South Africa in 2010.

“We have played against a great team. We kept fighting until they won 1-0. We are out but it was a great experience for my players,” Qatar coach Felix Sanchez said after the match.

“We came here trying to compete and we managed to do that,” Sánchez said, adding that he was not sure about his future status with the team.

“One of the things about our national team is that we have a long-term plan that doesn’t depend on me or anyone else,” Sánchez said.

“We’re going to rest for a few days and we’re going to keep working and planning.”

The Netherlands was not eligible for the 2018 Olympics. World Cup, with seven points at group’s top.

Two Fans Hold A Sign That Reads: 'Win Or Lose Shukran Team Qatar'
Qatari fans at the Netherlands-vs. Qatar match, November 29, 2022, Al Bayt Stadium [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Senegal captain Kalidou Koulibaly’s second-half strike earned his team a 2-1 victory over Ecuador on Tuesday and sent the African team into the knockout phase of the World Cup for the second consecutive year.

Ecuador, who needed a draw to qualify for the last remaining 16, end up third in their group on four points after a game played to the relentless beat of the Senegal fans’ drums.

After a penalty in the first half from Ismaila Sharr, the African champions took the lead. But Ecuador’s Moises Caicedo evened the score when he was left unmarked after a corner kick in the 67th minute, bringing the teams to 1-1.

Ecuador would have qualified for the next round at 1-1 World Cup and Senegal were out. But it wasn’t to be.

Three minutes after Caicedo, Koulibaly scored to propel Senegal to 2-1.

A free kick from Idrissa Gueye bounced off an opponent and came Koulibaly’s way. He In the 70th minute, he threw his right foot out and hit it past Ecuador goalkeeper Hernan Gallindez.

Ecuador'S Enner Valencia, Left, And Senegal'S Kalidou Koulibaly Challenge For The Ball
Ecuador’s Enner Valencia (left) and Senegal’s Kalidou Koulibaly challenge for the ball during the Group A match at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, November 29, 2022 [Darko Vojinovic/AP Photo]

The African champions had to win this match, and they didn’t disappoint.

It was also the end of a strong campaign for Ecuador and their striker Enner Valencia, who had scored his team’s first three goals at this year’s World Cup against Senegal and won despite having a bad knee injury.

Valencia was left consoling teammate Galindez, who was tearing up near the end of the game and could not hold back after the final whistle, crying on Valencia’s shoulder.

England will face Senegal on Sunday in the Round 16. The Netherlands, who won Group A, will be facing the US on Saturday.

Plata Wipes At His Eyes With His T-Shirt
After the match against Senegal in Group A, an emotional Gonzalo Plato of Ecaudor was seen at the Khalifa International Stadium on November 29, 2022. Senegal won with 2-1 [Natacha Pisarenko/AP Photo]

 

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