US, Iran face off in winner-takes-all World Cup showdown


Timothy Weah fights for the ball with Milad Mohammadi at the Al-Thumama Stadium in Doha. AFP

The United States and Iran meet in a politically charged winner-takes-all World Cup clash on Tuesday as England aim to reach the last 16 as group winners with victory over Wales.

Supporters of longtime foes United States and Iran on Tuesday flocked to a World Cup showdown in Qatar which some fans said was overshadowed by protests raging back in Iran and by years of enmity between the two countries.

The contest between the two nations, who severed ties more than 40 years ago, was being held with increased security to prevent a flare-up over the unrest that has gripped Iran since the death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini on Sept. 16.

Starting line-ups in the World Cup Group B match between Iran and the United States at the Al Thumama Stadium on Tuesday.

Iran (4-4-2)
Alireza BeIranvand; Morteza Pouraliganji, Milad Mohammadi, Majid Hosseini, Ramin Rezaeian; Saeid Ezatolahi, Ahmad Noorollahi, Ehsan Hajsafi (capt) Ali Gholizadeh; Mehdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun

Coach: Carlos Queiroz (POR)

United States (4-3-3)
Matt Turner; Sergino Dest, Cameron Carter-Vikers, Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson; Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie, Yunus Musah; Tim Weah, Josh Sargent, Christian Pulisic

Coach: Gregg Berhalter (USA)

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)


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