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World Cup highlights United States earns draw vs. England, faces must-win game vs. Iran

The United States and England each generated chances during a scoreless first half. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

The United States played to a 0-0 draw against England on Friday in Khor, Qatar, setting up a must-win game in its Group B finale against Iran on Tuesday. Match favorite England seemed in control early on, but its initial pressure gave way to promising American opportunities that ultimately went to waste. Continue reading for highlights from Friday’s game.

Game story: Undaunted USMNT plays England to a draw but faces unsettled future

Here’s what to know

  • After its draw against England, the United States will advance to the round of 16 with a win against Iran on Tuesday in its Group B finale. The Americans will be eliminated with a draw or a loss. England leads the group and is all but certain to reach the knockout stage. Find full clinching scenarios here.
  • This was the third time the United States and England went head-to-head at the World Cup. The Americans earned a stunning 1-0 victory at the 1950 event in Brazil, and they played to a 1-1 draw to open group play in 2010 in South Africa.
  • Find highlights from Friday’s other games here. The full World Cup schedule and updated group standings are here.
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After its draw against England, the United States will advance to the round of 16 with a win against Iran on Tuesday in its Group B finale. The Americans will be eliminated with a draw or a loss. England leads the group and is all but certain to reach the knockout stage. Find full clinching scenarios here.
This was the third time the United States and England went head-to-head at the World Cup. The Americans earned a stunning 1-0 victory at the 1950 event in Brazil, and they played to a 1-1 draw to open group play in 2010 in South Africa.
Find highlights from Friday’s other games here. The full World Cup schedule and updated group standings are here.

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World champions: Argentina has won the World Cup, defeating France in penalty kicks in a thrilling final in Lusail, Qatar, for its first world championship since 1986. Argentina was led by global soccer star Lionel Messi in what is expected to be his final World Cup appearance. France was bidding to become the first repeat champion since Brazil won consecutive trophies in 1958 and 1962.

Today’s WorldView: In the minds of many critics, especially in the West, Qatar’s World Cup will always be a tournament shrouded in controversy. But Qatar’s foreign minister, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, wants people to take another view.

Perspective: “America is not a men’s soccer laughingstock right now. It’s onto something, and it’s more attuned to what’s working for the rest of the world rather than stubbornly forcing an American sports culture — without the benefit of best-of-the-best talent — into international competition.” Read Jerry Brewer on the U.S. men’s national team’s future.

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