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Highlights from the USA’s win over Iran in Group B World Cup finale

Christian Pulisic scored the opening goal for the United States then stayed down after colliding with Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand. Pulisic was subbed out of the U.S. lineup before the start of the second half. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

The United States beat Iran, 1-0, on Tuesday in Doha, Qatar, to secure a spot in the World Cup’s round of 16. The Americans needed to win their Group B finale to move on, and they got the result after surviving some incredibly tense moments in second-half stoppage time — not to mention injuries to goal scorer Christian Pulisic and Josh Sargent. The U.S. squad finished second in the group behind England and will face Group A winner Netherlands on Saturday at 10 a.m. Eastern. Continue reading for highlights from the game.

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Here’s what to know

  • The United States advances to the round of 16, where it will face Group A winner Netherlands on Saturday at 10 a.m. Eastern. It is not immediately clear whether Pulisic or Sargent will be available.
  • Iran was seeking its first appearance in the knockout round in the nation’s World Cup history but fell one goal short. England joins the United States in the round of 16 after winning Group B with its 3-0 victory over Wales.
  • The World Cup continues with four more games Wednesday. Find the full group stage schedule and updated group standings here. Find the knockout round bracket and schedule here.
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The United States advances to the round of 16, where it will face Group A winner Netherlands on Saturday at 10 a.m. Eastern. It is not immediately clear whether Pulisic or Sargent will be available.
Iran was seeking its first appearance in the knockout round in the nation’s World Cup history but fell one goal short. England joins the United States in the round of 16 after winning Group B with its 3-0 victory over Wales.
The World Cup continues with four more games Wednesday. Find the full group stage schedule and updated group standings here. Find the knockout round bracket and schedule here.

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