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[Group B]England Vs Iran


Group B of the 2022 FIFA World Cup took place from 21 to 29 November 2022. The group consisted of national association football teams from England, Iran, the United States and Wales. Both England and the United States progressed to the round of 16 undefeated. England won the group, winning two games and drawing the other, while the United States won one and drew the other two. Iran finished the group third, having won a single game, with Wales finishing fourth with a single point.

Group B was widely described as the "group of death" before the tournament.[6] It had the highest average FIFA ranking of any group,[7] and controversy given by the political hostility existing between Iran and the United Kingdom, and between Iran and the United States.[8][9][10]

Many Wales fans in attendance at their first match as part of the nation's official LGBTQ+ supporters group wore the group's rainbow Wales bucket hats. Women who had these hats, including former women's team captain Laura McAllister, were prohibited from entering the stadium with them; McAllister reported that the security officials told her it was "a banned symbol".[23] At the same match, American journalist Grant Wahl was reportedly detained for 25 minutes when attempting to enter the stadium wearing a Pride shirt, being told it was "political" and being asked if he was British; he said that FIFA later apologised to him and security allowed him to enter with the shirt.[24]

The match was delayed for seven minutes in the first half after head to head collision between the Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand and defender Majid Hosseini.[32] Beiranvand initially seemed to be convinced to continue playing by Iran captain Ehsan Hajsafi despite appearing to be dazed and taking his gloves and shirt off after he received treatment, drawing criticism from the brain injury charity Headway.[33] After collapsing on the field minutes later, Beiranvand was substituted for Hossein Hosseini.[34] England scored three first-half goals: Jude Bellingham opened with his first ever senior England goal in the 35th minute, with Bukayo Saka (in the 43rd minute) and Raheem Sterling (in the first minute of stoppage time) being the other contributors to the scoreline up to this point.[35]

Marcus Rashford had the best chance of the first half, but his chipped shot was saved by Wales goalkeeper Danny Ward. The first half ended goalless, however, Rashford scored a direct free kick in the 51st minute to give England the lead. Shortly after the restart, Rashford won the ball in the Welsh defence and passed to Kane, who crossed the ball low from the right for Phil Foden to score at the back post. Rashford got his second of the game in the 68th minute with a shot from deep inside the Welsh penalty area that went through the goalkeeper's legs.[60] The victory was enough for England to finish at the top of the group, whilst Wales finished at the bottom with just one point.[61]

Fair play points would have been used as tiebreakers if the overall and head-to-head records of teams were tied. These were calculated based on yellow and red cards received in all group matches as follows:[71]

That win give the USA second place in the group and a date with Group A winners Netherlands in the first Round of 16 match of the tournament on Saturday morning. England's contest against Senegal takes place the next day, Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

Christian Pulisic scored in the 38th minute to put the U.S. ahead but paid for his efforts as he crashed into Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand and laid on the ground for several minutes afterward. He would eventually return to the match but was subbed off at the half. Iran was the aggressor late and had several opportunities to equalize while the Americans sat on their lead. But in the end, Pulisic's effort on goal was enough to win it.

If USA ties with England, and Wales beat Iran: USA would be automatically eliminated if it fails to beat Iran. If it beats Iran and there is a winner in the England-Wales game, the USA would advance in second place. If it beats Iran and England-Wales is a tie, there would be a three-way tiebreaker to decide the group.

England and the USMNT made it out of Group B ahead of Iran and Wales as an absolutely blockbuster group brimmed with narratives throughout.The Three Lions took care of business with minimum fuss and won the group, while the USA finished second and were also unbeaten as they beat Iran in a thrilling final group game.

Featuring England, the United States, Wales and Iran, nearly every fixture in this group provides a built-in narrative. Whether it's the Home Nations showdown of Wales vs. England, the politicial undercurrent of Iran vs. USA, or the colonial history of England vs. United States, several matches in the group come with ready-made storylines on top of the massive stakes already at play in the World Cup.

Gareth Southgate's side are expected to progress from a group that also contains Wales and USA, however, they will be looking to get off to a winning start against the supposed minnows of the section in Doha.

The mood might be down going into the World Cup. Obviously, after the Nations League matches there was a little bit of pessimism, but if you get a couple of good results, that'll all be forgotten. The World Cup is what counts. They should get out of the group.

During the second stage of their World Cup campaign, Iran won eight of their 10 games and topped their group ahead of South Korea. While the qualification campaign was led by Croatian coach Dragan Skocic, supporters of Team Melli will hope the return of Queiroz before a global tournament will work in their favour.

England has nearly secured its round of 16 berth after a 6-2 win against Iran and a goalless draw against the USA in its first two matches. A win will assure England a top spot in the group. With four points and a goal difference of +4, the Three Lions can afford a defeat and only a heavy thrashing at the hands of Wales could put its place in jeopardy.

Even though 14 minutes of injury time were added, that took place after Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand collided with his teammate Majid Hosseini over a nasty clash of heads, Iran struggled to get the ball in the nets.

What was also pleasing was that amid the early disruption, including a 14-minute delay before Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand was finally replaced after a sickening clash of heads with a team-mate, the fouls and early time-wasting there was an inevitability that England would score if they kept calm and carried on.

Trippier plays a crafty pass down the side, Kane runs on to it and whips over a peach of a centre-forward's cross, arrowing on to Sterling's head. Beiranvand makes a Superman leap to tip it away but then he collides, head first, with Cheshimi, taking a hell of a blow to the face. Claret everywhere.

Iran Alireza Beiranvand, Sadegh Moharrami, Ehsan Hajsafi, Milad Mohammadi, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Morteza Pouraliganji, Mehdi Taremi, Rouzbeh Cheshmi, Ali Karimi, Majid Hosseini, Ahmad Nourollahi.

This even though the USMNT won the group in 2010, the last time it faced England in the World Cup. The only other World Cup game between the teams was in 1950, when the Americans won 1-0, an upset so shocking some newspapers assumed the scoreline was wrong.

Because the World Cup is being played in November and December, in the middle of the European soccer season, players are only being released from the clubs a week before the tournament. That means teams in the first groups, including the USMNT, will have little time together before their first match.

The one advantage to playing on the first day is that, should the USMNT get out of the group, they would have three or four days of rest before the knockout rounds. The round of 16 begins Dec. 3 with the quarterfinals starting Dec. 9. The semifinals are Dec. 13 and 14.

England won eight of their 10 games in qualifying to top the group, scoring 39 and conceding just three along the way, but a run of six games without a win and Nations League relegation has caused plenty of concern ahead of the tournament in Qatar.

Iran failed to make it past the group stage in 2014 and 2018 but impressed with a narrow defeat to Spain and drew with Portugal in the latter tournament. They have since reached the semi-finals of the 2019 Asian Cup, while they secured their place in Qatar after topping their final qualifying group ahead of South Korea with eight wins from 10 matches.

The Dragons narrowly missed out on World Cup play-off in 2018 but two European Championship appearances have come either side of that to build up their experience of competing at major tournaments. After finishing as runners-up in their qualifying group, Wales then saw off Austria and Ukraine in the play-offs to book their spot in Qatar.

Page has a number of promising players in his side, such as Neco Williams and Dan James, but if he can get talisman Gareth Bale firing throughout the group stage, Wales will be in with a shout of booking their place in the knockout rounds.

Here's what SportsLine soccer expert Jon "Buckets" Eimer said immediately after the draw: "We should expect England to get out of this, but the second spot is definitely open for the USMNT to make a run. It wasn't a perfect group for us, but it could have been much, much worse. I would say US has the easiest group out of the CONCACAF teams as well."

The 32 teams were drawn from four pots Friday into eight groups of four nations. The top two in each group will advance to the knockout rounds. Five of the eight groups have a maximum of two European teams as 13 qualified. There could be no more than one team from any other confederation. So, the USA couldn't be drawn against Canada, for example. Qatar was an automatic entry to the World Cup as the host nation and automatically placed in Group A.

Alireza Beiranvand (2nd, R), goalkeeper of Iran, receives medical aid during the Group B match between England and Iran at the 2022 FIFA World Cup at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Nov. 21, 2022. (Xinhua/Xin Yuewei) 59ce067264


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