Match Today: USA vs Iran 29-11-2022 Qatar World Cup 2022
Al-Thumama Stadium in Doha will host a fierce confrontation between Iran and the United States of USA in the last round of Group Two.
A historic battle that transcends the boundaries of football, but it will ultimately decide the fate of these two opponents, and both have the chance to qualify. The Iranian team beat Wales in their second match and now occupies second place in the group with three points, one point behind the United States and two ahead of Wales. The USA were equally impressive against England, holding their opponents to a 0-0 draw leaving everything open going into the final group match.
A victory for Iran would see them through and they would top the group if England did not beat Wales. However, a draw in this match would see both teams eliminated but only if Wales beat England.
Iran has lost only four of its last twenty-four matches. Iran have kept five clean sheets in their last seven matches Iran have lost only two of their last five World Cup matches USA have only scored two goals in their last five matches USA are winless in each of their last 10 matches not played on US soil.
USA vs Iran
Iran's victory over Wales was only surprising if you haven't watched the match. The Iranians were on the cutting edge throughout, they were very well organized in defense and hit the post twice while the game was still even.
Wayne Hennessey's dismissal may have given them a hand, which they expertly capitalized on, with late goals from Cesme and Rezayan. Iran were also adept at controlling the game without the ball, ceding 62% of possession to the Welsh but containing them only three shots on goal.
Carlos Queiroz's side have also redeemed themselves after a dismal opening game against England, while they have now kept five clean sheets in their last seven matches. The United States sealed a tie with England, which would feel like a win if they advanced from their group.
Besides facing a team with some of the best talent in the world, the USA needed to get something out of this game and expertly shut down their opponents, also boasting the biggest chance of the game, courtesy of Christian Pulisic's lightning free kick hitting the crossbar.
On the downside, serious questions need to be asked regarding the offensive capabilities of the United States. Greg Halter's side have scored just two goals in their last five matches. They have also scored more than once in one of their last seven matches, against lowly Grenada.
Thus, it remains to be seen how the USA will react if they are left chasing the game, also given that they only need a win to get through. Historically, Iran has faced off in the same group as the US National Team in the 1998 French World Cup, where the Iranians won 2-1 but both teams were eliminated from the group.
While Mehdi Taremi did not score this time, he was once again Iran's talisman and led the team's effort to score a late goal.
He now boasts two goals and an assist in his two World Cup matches, while his attacking clash with Sardar Azmoun appears to be paying off. On another positive note, the clean sheet was certainly a morale boost for goalkeeper Hossein Hosseini, who conceded six goals in the opener after conceding on half an hour, but should now be brimming with confidence ahead of this one.
In terms of the USA outfit, Christian Pulisic may have been bad against Wales, but he showed his credentials against England, being the main coordinator of the USA attacks as well as having the best chance of the match at his feet. Younis Musa was also impressive in his second game of the tournament, the USA scoring just three times in those ten away matches.
A fierce confrontation is expected at Al Thumama Stadium. Both sides know that they will qualify if they win this match. The tie would see Iran through if Wales did not beat England.
Iran will enjoy a huge boost in confidence after their victory over Wales but there is still work to be done to qualify. The lackluster performance of the United States and the difficulty of finding the network may be in favor of Iran