Christian Pulisic scored the only goal of the match and fired the USA to the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar with a victory over Iran at Al Thumama Stadium on Tuesday. Before the USA, England have marched to the last 16 of the World Cup from the same group beating Wales. With this defeat, Iran’s hope to qualify for the last 16 for the first time in their history came to the end. They lost the first match to England before bouncing back strongly against Wales. But on the penultimate occasion, they lost to the USA. Read More: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: England comfortably beat Wales 3-0 Alireza Beiranvand, the Iran goalkeeper, saved a few great chances created by the USA team. But he could not win the match alone for his team. Iran players gave their best on the ground, but eventually, they failed to edge the USA. Since the FIFA World Cup draw in April this year, it was assumed that the group-stage game between these two teams would be one of the most-talked-about matches in Qatar. The assumption was right as politics took precedence over football ahead of this match. Iran and the USA have been sharing an ideological enmity for more than 40 years. In this long time, it was only the third time when these two teams took on each other on a football field. In 1998, Iran beat the USA team by 2-1. Fast forward to 2022, these two teams took on each other again when the political enmity of these two teams became more entrenched. However, on Tuesday, the USA team kept their nerve strong and managed to pull off the match for their side. The USA got the crucial breakthrough in the 38th minute of the match when Christian Pulisic turned in Sergino Dest's headed cross to the net. Read More: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Argentina vs Poland Match Preview, Schedule, Probable Line-ups, Prediction During the process, Pulisic suffered an abdominal injury and clashed with Iran’s goalkeeper. The injury forced the USA management to replace him with Brenden Aaronson. After securing their spot in the knockout round by beating Iran 1-0, the United States will face the Netherlands in the last 16 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The USA will be aiming for their first quarterfinal berth since the 2002 World Cup.
England comfortably beat Wales 3-0 in their third match and finished top in Group B of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The Three Lions will meet the Group A runner-up, Senegal, on December 4 in their Round of 16 fixture. On the other hand, Wales were knocked out of the tournament after getting only 1 point in 3 matches. Qatar World Cup 2022: England vs Wales Match Report Wales had no other option but to win this match, but they knew getting a result against England would be very tough. Wales appeared to set a target of not conceding any goals and attempted to go deep into the game. Their 4-4-2 formation tried to resist England's 4-2-3-1. Read More: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Senegal beat Ecuador to reach Round of 16 The three Lions, though aggressive from the beginning of the contest, constantly pushed the Wales defense and were very close to scoring on a number of occasions in the first half. Except for a few half-chances, Wales, on the other hand, were mostly busy taking care of their defense. The first half ended with a score of 0-0. The way England constantly put pressure on the Wales defense, finding a net seemed imminent. It took only five minutes in the second half for England to get their first goal, as Manchester United's hitman Marcus Rashford opened the scoring for them with a sublime freekick. A minute later, Phil Foden scored the second goal for England after receiving a nice pass from Harry Kane. After conceding two goals within a short period of time, Wales' dream of reaching the knockout round was all but over. Marcus Rashford then added his second goal of the night with a nice individual effort. Wales came close to scoring on a number of occasions but couldn't find the net eventually. England's boss, Gareth Southgate, was busy testing his squad's strength by changing players in the second half. Read More: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Argentina vs Poland Match Preview, Schedule, Probable Line-ups, Prediction Aftermath Wales' World Cup campaign didn't turn out as expected, finishing fourth in the points table of their group after losing to England in the last match. England, on the other hand, have put in strong performances so far in the competition and will be a tough opponent for Senegal in the Round of 16 of the Qatar World Cup 2022.
Smiling U.S. and Iranian fans mingled and posed for photos outside a stadium in Doha ahead of a politically charged World Cup match on Tuesday. The atmosphere was generally festive though the political divisions among Iran fans were apparent outside Al Thumama Stadium, as they have been during previous Iran games during the tournament, with pro-government fans confronting those expressing support for the anti-government protests across Iran. Two London-based Iranians, wearing T-shirts with the slogan of protests, were repeatedly harassed while talking to an Associated Press journalist on Tuesday. One of them, who identified herself as Maryam, received a grazing slap to the face by an Iranian man following her. Security guards got between them, but did not detain the man who slapped her. Other men blew vuvuzelas at the two or filmed them. One man shouted at them in Farsi “why don’t you think Iran is good?” Maryam, who like other Iran fans declined to give her last name for fear of government reprisals, said her friends were similarly harassed at Iran-Wales match on Friday. “They can’t stop us. People are getting killed and I’m not going to get stopped by some random guy. I’m not afraid of them,” she said. Read more: Iran-US World Cup clash rife with political tension Dalia, an 18-year-old Iranian from the southern city of Ahvaz who attended the game with her parents, said Tuesday’s match had exposed divisions within her family between those still committed to supporting Iran’s national team and others who reject the players as tools of the government. The Iranian players in Qatar have declined to comment or made vague statements about the protests in Iran, which were sparked by the death of a 22-year-old woman while in the custody of Iran’s morality police. “It’s so sad for me because I want to support them so badly but I just can’t,” Dalia said. Mehrdad and Eli from Arizona brought pictures of the young women killed in Iran’s protests to the match. But holding them up invited harassment, they said, so Eli kept them in her purse. They described a deep sense of unease at the stadium. “I feel like I am surrounded by IRGC agents,” said Mehrdad, referring to the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guard. “Everybody’s watching you.” Elsewhere, U.S. and Iranian fans appeared unfazed by the tensions between the two countries, posing together for photos. The two teams have played in a World Cup once before, in 1998 in France, when Iran beat the U.S. 2-1. “It has been amazing to see Americans. They are so friendly,” said Yas, a 14-year-old Iran fan from the city of Shiraz. "I hope this is a chance for people to connect and share their cultures peacefully.” Her older sister had an X written with a black marker over her lips. “She’s doing that to show we all can’t talk about the politics in our country,” Yas said. Read more: Iran shuts out noise at World Cup but United States looms The latest protests mark one of the biggest challenges to Iran’s ruling clerics since the 1979 Islamic Revolution that brought them to power. Rights groups say security forces have unleashed live ammunition and bird shot on the protesters, as well as beating and arresting them, with much of the violence captured on video. At least 452 protesters have been killed and more than 18,000 detained since the start of the unrest, according to Human Rights Activists in Iran, a group that has been monitoring the protests. Two former members of the national soccer team arrested this month in connection with the protests have been released on bail. Parviz Boroumand, a retired goalkeeper, was arrested nearly two weeks ago on charges of participating in protests in the capital, Tehran, and was accused of damaging property. Voria Ghafouri was arrested last week for “insulting the national soccer team and propagandizing against the government,” according to state-linked media.
Senegal came into the match against Ecuador needing a victory to ensure qualification, and they have done just that, beating Ecuador 2-1. Ecuador's impressive run has been halted as they failed to get the single point they needed in order to progress to the Round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Ecuador began the day in second place, on course to qualify, but a hard-fought win by the African team means that they will continue their quest for the FIFA World Cup 2022 rather than the South Americans. Senegalese forward Ismaila Sarr won a penalty for his nation just before the end of the first home, converting it successfully to leapfrog ahead of Ecuador. Ecuador equalized in the first second half through a Moises Caicedo goal, but the comeback wasn't to be as minutes later, Kalidou Koulibaly restored the lead to Senegal and ensured Round of 16 qualification. Read More: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Netherlands beat Qatar 2-0 to top Group A Key Performances Ismaila Sarr: The winger was rapid and destructive as he opened the scoring with a calm and composed penalty in the 44th minute. Idrissa Gueye: The midfielder was instrumental in controlling the middle of the park for the African outfit. Moises Caicedo: The Brighton and Hove Albion man scored the only goal of the game for Ecuador as they failed to salvage their much-needed point. Kalidou Koulibaly: The Chelsea defender put in a strong performance and stood like a mountain in the face of the Ecuadorian attacks. He also scored the all-important goal to ensure the victory for the Lions of Teranga. Read More: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Argentina vs Poland Match Preview, Schedule, Probable Line-ups, Prediction Aftermath Senegal finished second in the group after beating Ecuador, behind the Netherlands. They will be joining the Dutch in the Round of 16 for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. Ecuador lost out on qualification as a result. Enner Valencia, the current joint World Cup top scorer, will no longer be able to add to his tally of three.
The final round of fixtures for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 group phase has begun, with the Netherlands defeating hosts Qatar to ensure their own qualification. The Dutch came to the final day needing a single point, and they outplayed Qatar and won by a margin of two goals. Qatar's misery has continued as they became the first hosts to not have a single point in the World Cup. By the second round of fixtures, they had already failed to qualify. The Netherlands won the group after wonderboy Cody Gakpo scored in the 26th minute and Frenkie de Jong doubled their lead in the 49th minute. Read More: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Senegal beat Ecuador to reach Round of 16 Key Performances Cody Gakpo: The youngster continued his fine form as he made sure no surprises would be handed to the Dutch on the final day, scoring the opening goal. Frenkie de Jong: A performance that has silenced a lot of his critics. De Jong's goal shortly after halftime secured the Oranje's top spot in the table. Read More: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Argentina vs Poland Match Preview, Schedule, Probable Line-ups, Prediction Aftermath The Netherlands have advanced to the Round of 16 of the Qatar World Cup after winning their group with 7 points out of a possible 9. They beat Qatar and Senegal and drew with Ecuador.
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Argentina vs Poland Match Preview, Schedule, Probable Line-ups, Prediction
Argentina will face Poland in their final group stage match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on Wednesday. The two-time World Cup champions are in danger of being knocked out of the tournament if they lose this fixture. Poland, on the other hand, need only a point to secure a place in the Round of 16. Let’s take a look at the Argentina vs Poland match preview, schedule, probable line-ups, and prediction. Qatar 2022 Match Preview: Argentina vs Poland Argentina were pre-tournament favorites to win their third World Cup in Qatar 2022. However, their dream of winning the third World Cup suffered a major setback after losing the first match against Saudi Arabia. They have kept their dream alive by winning the second group-stage fixture against Mexico 2-0. But the team's overall performance and coach Lionel Scaloni’s tactics haven’t been fruitful in the first two matches. Argentina need a firm victory over Poland, which could be a real statement to their favorite rivals. Read More: Qatar World Cup Day 10: All eyes on Iran vs USA match today Poland, on the other hand, will likely be in a defensive mindset and even follow the same tactic that Saudi Arabia did against Argentina. Polish coach Czesław Michniewicz may instruct his players to play with a high line defense and make a trap for the opposition's forwards. Poland may not even need a point from this fixture if the Saudi Arabia vs Mexico match result goes in their favour. They would be under less pressure and perhaps pull off another surprise at this World Cup by eliminating Argentina from the group stage. Probable team line-ups: Poland vs Argentina There is no injury concern in the Argentine campaign, which is certainly big news. However, Lionel Scalni is still struggling to formulate his best XI. He may shake up his starting XI once again despite winning the last match. Changes in fullback and defensive midfield positions are almost certain. Nahuel Molina, Leandro Paredes, and Enzo Fernandez may start this match. Argentina’s probable starting XI (4-3-3)GK: Emi Martinez; Defenders: Nahuel Molina, Nicolas Otamendi, Lisandro Martinez, Nicolas Tagliafico; Midfielders: Leandro Paredes, Enzo Fernandez, Rodrigo De Paul; Forwards: Lionel Messi (captain), Lautaro Martinez, Angel Di Maria The Polish campaign has no injury issues either. Head coach Czesław Michniewicz may go with the same starting XI that took part in the Saudi Arabia match. Poland may play with a traditional 4-4-2 system against Argentina. Poland’s probable starting XI (4-4-2)GK: Szczesny; Defenders: Cash, Glik, Kiwior, Bereszynski; Midfielders: Zielinski, Bielik, Krychowiak, Frankowski; Forwards: Milik, Lewandowski Argentina vs Poland Qatar World Cup 2022 match schedule The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 group stage match between Argentina and Poland will start at 1 a.m. Thursday (Bangladesh Standard Time). The match will be played at the Stadium 974 - Ras Abu Aboud. Read More: FIFA World Cup: Bruno scores twice as Portugal march to last 16 Argentina and Poland's World Cup 2022 performances so far Argentina's 36-run undefeated record came to an end when they lost 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in their World Cup opener. In the second game, they returned with a winning streak and defeated Mexico 2-0. They will now take on Poland in their third match in the group stage. Poland, on the other side, drew 0-0 with Mexico to open their campaign before defeating Saudi Arabia 2-0 in their second match. Poland will try to upset Argentina in their final game, and if they succeed, they will top the group. Argentina vs Poland match prediction Argentina won't be a significant favourite against Poland given their performances in the first two games. However, the Albiceleste is expected to prevail because this is their do-or-die situation.Prediction: Argentina 2-1 Poland Read More: Casemiro helps Brazil overcome Swiss challenge Bottom Line The Argentina vs Poland match could be Lionel Messi’s final World Cup appearance. Therefore, football lovers from all over the world will have extra interest in this FIFA World Cup 2022 contest. The equation for this match is slightly different for both teams. Argentina have no option but to win, while Poland will be satisfied with a draw. Fans can expect aggressive football from the Argentinian team in this encounter as a result.
The 4th round matches of the Women's Football League' 2021-22 begins on Wednesday (November 30) at the Bir Shreshta Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mustafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur. Three matches will be held on Wednesday. Barishal Football Academy will play Ataur Rahman Bhuiyan College SC at 1:pm. Bashundhara Kings will face Dhaka Rangers Football Club at 3 pm while FC Brahmanbaria will take on Suddopuskorini JSC at 5 pm at the same venue. Read more: 1st Div Football: East End earn 2-0 win over Dilkusha SC On the following day (Thursday),Nasrin Sports Academy will meet Cumilla United Club at 1 pm, Uttara Football Club will encounter Jamalpur Karcharipara Akadash at 3 pm while Siraj Smriti Sangsad will play Farashganj Sporting Club at 5 pm, all at the Kamalapur Stadium.
Defending champions Dhaka Abahani Limited will play Sheikh Russell Krira Chakra in the first semifinal of the season's curtain raiser soccer meet, the Bashundhara Group Independent Cup Football' 2022 at the Bir Shrestha Fl Lt Matiur Rahman Stadium in Munshiganj on Wednesday. Bashundhara Kings will face Bangladesh Police FC in the 2nd semifinal at the Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni Stadium in Gopalganj on Thursday (December 1) Read more: BFF U-18 Football: Bashundhara Kings earn 4-2 victory over Police FC The final match will be held on Monday (December 5) at the Shaheed Dhirendranath Dutta Stadium in Cumilla while the 3rd place deciding match between two losing semifinalists will be held on Sunday (December 4) in Munshiganj. All the four knock out basis matches will kick off at 1 pm. Earlier, Dhaka Abahani Limited qualified for the semi-final eliminating Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club by 2-1 goal while Sheikh Russell KC booked a seat for the last four stage eliminating Chittagong Abahani Limited by 1-0 goal in the quarterfnals. Read more: Ind Cup Football: Dhaka Abahani clinch group title beating Muktijoddha SKS 3-1 In the other quarterfinals, Bangladesh Police FC qualified for the semis defeating Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad KC by 5-4 goal while star-studded Bashundhara Kings assured the semifinal berth beating Dhaka Mohammedan SC by 2-0 goal in their respective quarterfinals.
The business end of the Qatar World Cup 2022 group phase starts today (day 10). Four qualified teams for the Round of 16 from Groups A and B will be confirmed after Tuesday’s fixtures. However, all eyes will be on the Iran vs USA match today due to political tensions between the two countries. Group A The Netherlands vs Qatar match will take place at the Al Bayt Stadium, while the Senegal vs Ecuador game will be played at the Khalifa International Stadium. Both matches will kick off at 9 p.m. (Bangladesh Standard Time). Read More: FIFA World Cup: Bruno scores twice as Portugal march to last 16 Netherlands vs Qatar The Dutch team is in better condition than the other teams in Group A.They can even reach the Round of 16 phase even without winning this fixture, depending on the outcome of the Ecuador vs Senegal game. However, the Netherlands will undoubtedly look to dominate against the host Qatar and finish first in the group phase points standings. Qatar, on the other hand, have nothing to lose as they are already out of the tournament. Therefore, the Qatari side will play with no extra pressure. They will look to finish their first World Cup tournament by defeating the Netherlands.Qatar can certainly dream of defeating the Dutch side with plenty of support from the local crowd. Senegal vs Ecuador This contest will probably be decided by the second-placed team in Group A. Senegal and Ecuador have both shown enough potential to reach the knockout round. Now they have come to a point where this game will act as a tiebreaker. Ecuador currently hold the second position with 4 points. They only need to draw the match against Senegal to advance to the next round. But if Ecuador lose this fixture and the Netherlands draws against Qatar, they will be out of the competition. So, the South American team will likely play with a bit of a cautious approach. Senegal, on the other hand, need to win the fixture against Ecuador in its quest for a Round of 16 berth. However, they can still advance by drawing this match. But in that case, the Netherlands would have to lose heavily against Qatar, which is highly unlikely. Read More: Why are World Cup players donning unusual face masks on pitch? Group B The Iran vs USA match will take place at the Al Thumama Stadium, while the England vs Wales match will be held at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium. Both the fixtures will kick off at 1 a.m. Wednesday (Bangladesh Standard Time). Iran vs USA The United States vs Iran match is so politically driven that it is expected to be a tough battle between the two sides. The USA have shown enough fighting spirit in this tournament, while Iran made a strong comeback against Wales after a 6-2 demolition by England.Besides, the fixture between the USA and Iran will also be important in the quest for a Round of 16 berth. The winner of this match will move on to the knockout round. The Iranian side, however, is in a better position than the USA, as they are currently in second place with 3 points. The USA are in third place with 2 points. Iran can move to the next phase by drawing the match.Iran, therefore, will likely play with a defensive mindset and try to frustrate the USA side. But the United States of America have no other choice but to win the contest. Overall, this fixture promises to be an exciting affair to witness, whether it's for sporting or political reasons. England vs Wales England and Wales, two teams from the United Kingdom, will face each other today as well. This is going to be an interesting contest to watch. Both sides will be aiming to outshine each other. However, given the strength of the two teams, England will likely overcome the fixture with ease and finish the group in top position.England’s qualification for the Round of 16 is all but confirmed. They will have no extra pressure to deal with. But Gareth Southgate's side will surely be up for the No. 1 position in Group B. So, they won’t take this contest lightly.Wales, on the other side, have no choice but to win in order to secure a place in the Round of 16. Having said that, Wales will also have to rely on the outcome of the Iran vs USA match, as they expect this contest to end in a draw. Read More: Casemiro helps Brazil overcome Swiss challenge Aftermath All four matches on FIFA World Cup 2022 Day 10 are crucial and will determine the qualified teams for Round 16. However, fans in general will pay special attention to the USA vs Iran match, which is viewed as a politically charged contest.
The last World Cup clash between the United States and Iran 24 years ago is considered one of the most politically charged matches in soccer history. This time, the political overtones are just as strong and relations perhaps even more fraught as the U.S. and Iran face off once again on Tuesday in Qatar. Iran’s nationwide protests, its expanding nuclear program and regional and international attacks linked back to Tehran have pushed the match beyond the stadium and into geopolitics. No matter the outcome, tensions are likely only to worsen in the coming months. When relations soured between the U.S. and Iran depends on who you ask. Iranians point to the 1953 CIA-backed coup that cemented Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi’s power. Americans remember the 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover and 444-day hostage crisis during the Iranian Revolution. In soccer, however, the timeline is much simpler as this will be only the second time Iran and the U.S. have played each other in the World Cup. The last time was at the 1998 tournament in France — a totally different time in the Islamic Republic. Iran won 2-1 in Lyon, a low point for the U.S. men’s team as Iranians celebrated in Tehran. At the time, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised the Iranian team, saying “the strong and arrogant opponent felt the bitter taste of defeat.” But off the pitch, Iran’s then-president, Mohammad Khatami, sought to improve ties to the West and the wider world. Inside Iran, Khatami pushed so-called “reformist” policies, seeking to liberalize aspects of its theocracy while maintaining its structure with a supreme leader at the top. U.S. President Bill Clinton and his administration hoped Khatami’s election could be part of a thaw. The two teams posed for a joint photograph, and the Iranian players handed white flowers to their American opponents. The U.S. gave the Iranians U.S. Soccer Federation pennants. They even exchanged jerseys, though the Iranians didn’t put them on. They later played a friendly in Pasadena, California, as well. Fast-forward 24 years later, and relations are perhaps more tense than they’ve ever been. Iran is now governed entirely by hard-liners after the election of President Ebrahim Raisi, a protege of Khamenei, who took part in the 1988 mass execution of thousands of political prisoners at the end of the Iran-Iraq war. Following the collapse of Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, sparked by President Donald Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from the accord, Tehran is now enriching uranium to 60% purity — a short, technical step from weapons-grade levels. Non-proliferation experts warn the Islamic Republic already has enough uranium to build at least one nuclear bomb. A shadow war of drone strikes, targeted killings and sabotage has been shaking the wider Middle East for years amid the deal’s collapse. Meanwhile, Russia pounds civilian areas and power infrastructure in Ukraine with Iranian-made drones. For two months, Iran has been convulsed by the mass protests that followed the Sept. 16 death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who had been earlier detained by the country’s morality police. The protests have seen at least 451 people killed since they started, as well as over 18,000 arrested, according to Human Rights Activists in Iran, an advocacy group following the demonstrations. At the World Cup in Qatar, Iran’s 2-0 win against Wales provided a brief moment of good news for hard-liners. After the match, riot police in Tehran waved Iranian flags in the street, something that angered demonstrators. Khamenei himself acknowledged the win “stirred joy in the country.” However, the supreme leader warned that “when the World Cup is taking place, all eyes are on it. The opponent typically takes advantage of this lax moment to act.” As the demonstrations intensified, Iran has alleged without providing evidence that its enemies abroad, including the U.S., are fomenting the unrest. At a World Cup where organizers hoped to divorce politics from the pitch, those tensions have bled out around the stadiums with pro- and anti-government demonstrators shouting at each other. Ahead of Tuesday’s match at Al Thumama Stadium, Iran has released a propaganda video with young children singing, including girls in white hijabs, in front of a small field. Waving flags and set against a blasting synthesizer beat, the children sing: “We back you on the bleachers, all with one voice Iran, Iran.” “We are waiting for a goal, our heart second by second is beating for our Iran,” they add. Such a win could prove to be a further boost to hard-liners. Already, they’ve reacted angrily to a protest by the U.S. Soccer Federation that saw them briefly erase the emblem of the Islamic Republic from Iran’s flag in social media posts. It’s unclear whether any Iranian or U.S. government officials will be on hand for the match. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken already attended the U.S. match against Wales at the start of the tournament. But opponents of Iran’s government are on hand in Qatar with their own message. Among them is former U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus, who flew in Monday afternoon for the Iran match. Ortagus served in the Trump administration and was one of the faces of its so-called “maximum pressure” campaign. “It’s one of those pivotal moments when geopolitics and sports collides,” Ortagus told The Associated Press. “You’re seeing the Iran team do what they can to stand up for the protesters and the people peacefully demonstrating.”