Pulisic’s lone goal was enough to seal their pass for the North Americans
Fans smile on the promenade of the Al Thumama Stadium, around the metal ‘gahfiya’ that adorns the exterior of the ground south of Doha. Still others, regardless of the color of their dress, mingled naturally, some even chatting in a friendly manner. Iranians and Americans share space and admirers with a naturalness that their leaders disapprove of. The Iron Curtain between two opposing worlds melts at the Football World Cup, A space, finally, for consensus and understanding between different peoples, as indeed the Qatari propaganda itself proclaims.
Oh, propaganda… so much on one side and so much on the other that sometimes it becomes difficult to put the focus where it needs to be. Same with Iran. The press box was packed with journalists from all corners of the globe, who were encouraged not by the footballing pedigree of the contenders, rare in both regions, but by the malaise that the duel had created. as it happened in 1998,
“Give your life for football and don’t kill yourself for football” Carlos Queiroz announced in the last one. And he was right, as Iran failed to match its fervent and raucous fans and lost against the US. The Americans have reached the round of 16, where they will face Netherlands. The Iranians end their journey here via neighboring Qatar.
Demands for silence around the national anthem in the first game, canceled in the second, already unimaginable in this Tuesday, a path full of inconveniences, because of the threats their footballers and their families are receiving from the Ayatollah’s regime. Little blame can be attached to these people. He has done a lot for the pressure that was on his shoulders. Standing up for a cause, however liberating it may be (and women’s freedom in Iran is like few others) is never free.
it was also kiss A space for reconciliation between Iranians, pushing their differences in one direction, to stand for two hours while simultaneously honoring America, both at the time of the anthem and at the rest of the party. The enemy, if there is one, does not wear high heels. The only problem for Iran was the inability to convert the spirit energy of fans and players into football.Asians have always been intimidated by the greater American prowess on the pitch.
From the first bars it was found that his balance with the ball at his feet was very unbalanced. in the midst of a deafening noise (no cheers or chants of encouragement, just an obnoxious, loud noise), The Americans soon seized control of the party, with Adams and McKenney as commanders in the midfield., More territorial than effective domain, beyond a few wee attempts, until Pulisic hit the key.
It happened in the 38th minute after a superb opening diagonal from McKennie towards Dest’s unchecked side. The full-back, owned by Barca and on loan from Milan, assisted with his head towards Pulisic, who came up with everything and almost gave up his body in his successful attempt to score. Well, actually, he didn’t come out until after the break, which was reached after Weah goal disallowed for offside measured in microns,
Pulisic’s first and McKennie’s departure some time later took away from the American team, who as the minutes went by seemed to think more about preserving the only result that saw them advance to the round of 16 than about consolidating their win in search of a second goal. Will take you round. Forced to risk an Iran for some air, but with some arguments foolish to reach that area and plow in it, Neither Ghoddos nor Ezatolahi nor Karimi nor Pourliganji knew how to parry their efforts towards Turner’s goal.
And so, with a high dose of frustration, comes to an end Iran’s adventure in this World Cup, the most intense of the 32 teams competing in the Qatari competition. This Tuesday was just a football game. Now it’s a hard return to reality, for footballers and especially for their followers his unscrupulous suppression routine, And this is a game Iran cannot afford to lose.