Within the Tehran neighborhood of Eram, a video posted on Twitter showed people chanting “America, America,” and a person narrating a video in one other neighborhood said that even though it was 1 a.m., the soccer-loving people of Iran were so fed up with the Islamic Republic that they were cheering for its opponent.
Videos also showed people dancing within the streets in Marivan and Sanandaj, cities with large ethnic populations of Kurds in the house province of Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old whose death within the custody of the morality police sparked the protests calling for an end to clerical rule.
On the tournament, the pressure could have proved an excessive amount of for the Iranian squad. Unlike the US, Iran has never advanced out of the primary round at a World Cup. Its team, long an emblem of unity in a persistently divided nation, had needed only a tie to advance. Its tournament had been a roller-coaster: a thumping by the hands of England, a last-minute win over Wales, and a showdown against the young American team.
The Iranian players held their very own against the Americans’ repeated thrusts and, after Pulisic’s goal separated the teams, pushed repeatedly for the tying goal they knew would carry them through.
The mathematics on Tuesday was not a secret: England led the group going into its final two games. When England took a lead over Wales in the opposite game across town, moving into position to win the group, each Iran and the US narrowed their eyes and set their sights on second place, and the group’s other place within the knockout rounds.
By then the Americans were ahead. The goal had come off a sequence of incisive passes within the thirty eighth minute: midfielder Weston McKennie picking out a sprinting Sergiño Dest racing up the suitable wing, and Dest delivering an ideal skidding cross to Pulisic, who had read what was coming and are available charging on the goal. He arrived just in time to redirect the ball past the goalkeeper, Alireza Beiranvand, but their forceful collision left Pulisic lying in the online for several minutes.
Initially requiring help simply to stand, and move, Pulisic eventually returned to the sector for the ultimate couple of minutes of the primary half. But he didn’t return for the second half — team officials said he was headed to the hospital for scans on his injured midsection — and was replaced by one among the team’s young talents, Brenden Aaronson.