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US defeats Iran in politically charged World Cup match

The U.S. men’s soccer team defeated Iran in Tuesday’s World Cup match, winning 1-0 and advancing to the knockout stage of the tournament amid heightened political tensions between the two nations.

The U.S. won with a goal from midfielder Christian Pulisic in the 38th minute, allowing the American team to advance. Pulisic reportedly suffered an abdominal injury making the winning goal and was subbed out in the second half.

The politically charged match came after Iranian state media called for the U.S. to be banned from the World Cup over a now-deleted social media post from the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF).

The USSF temporarily posted a tweet that featured an altered image of the Iranian flag without the emblem of the Islamic Republic. 

The post was intended to show support for “the women in Iran fighting for basic human rights” as protests continue over the killing of Mahsa Amini. The 22-year-old died in police custody after she was arrested for improperly wearing her hijab.

The U.S. has sanctioned several Iranian officials over the government’s treatment of protesters. Human rights organizations have estimated that dozens have been killed and tens of thousands have been detained in the protests since they erupted in mid-September. 

Tags 2022 World Cup Iran Iran protests Mahsa Amini US soccer national team US-Iran relations World Cup
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