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USA Wins! Beats Iran 1-0, moves on to round of 16 at World Cup

(QATAR) –UPDATE—- The U.S. advances in the World Cup after beating Iran 1-nil Tuesday in a win-or-go-home contest. The Americans needed to win their Group B finale to move on, and they did by surviving some incredibly tense moments in second-half stoppage time and injuries to Christian Pulisic and Josh Sargent. Pulisic suffered an abdominal injury while scoring the team’s lone goal after running into the Iranian goaltender.

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.

The United States is hoping to advance to the round of 16 at the World Cup today in Qatar by beating Iran today in a win-or-go-home match Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. ET on Fox. After ending each of its first two games in a draw, the U.S. needs to beat Iran in order to get out of the group stage. Iran is coming off a two-nil win over Wales and has three points. Iran would move on to the knockout stage with a win or a tie.

Meanwhile, the Iranian government is reportedly threatening its own national soccer team and the players’ families.

The Iranian soccer team supports the domestic activists protesting the death of Jina Amini who was arrested for improperly wearing her hijab and who allegedly died in police custody. The team showed support before the game against England, when members stood silently for the Iranian national anthem, declining to sing along.

“Conditions in our country are not right, and our people are not happy,” Iranian team captain Ehsan Hajsafi told reporters after the game. Hajsafi further said that the victims’ families “should know that we are with them, we support them and we sympathize with them.”