Queiroz only has praise for heartbroken IR Iran players
Doha: Carlos Queiroz paid tribute to his players’ efforts to pull themselves back into their clash with the United States at Al Thumama Stadium on Tuesday as the Islamic Republic of Iran crashed out of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic scored the only goal of the game eight minutes before the end of the first half to take Greg Berhalter’s side into the Round of 16 as runners-up in Group B behind England with the Iranians having to settle for a third place finish.
Doha: The Islamic Republic of Iran’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 campaign came to an end on Tuesday as Carlos Queiroz’s side slipped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the United States at the Al Thumama Stadium.
Needing at least a draw to advance to the Round of 16 in second place in Group B behind England, the Iranians missed out on a clash with the Netherlands in the next round as Christian Pulisic’s first half goal took the Americans through at Team Melli’s expense.
Queiroz’s outfit were unable to put on a performance to match the buoyant support of their fans, who dominated the 42,127 crowd inside the Al Thumama Stadium but were unable to will their team towards the result required to take the Iranians into the last 16.
Rashford stars as England sink Wales to set up Senegal clash
Al Rayyan: England booked a FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 last 16 clash against Senegal as Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden inspired a 3-0 win against Wales that sent their neighbours crashing out of the tournament on Tuesday.
Gareth Southgate's side sealed first place in Group B thanks to key contributions from Rashford and Foden after they were restored to the team by the England boss.
Lusail: Saudi Arabia head coach Herve Renard, though calm and contained, did not hide his joy at the possibility of creating history when his side face Mexico on Wednesday in their final FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C game.
The Green Falcons have already made history in the current tournament, beating favourites Argentina in the opening game but succumbed to a loss against Poland last time out, and a win against Mexico can see them progress from the group stage for only the second time in their illustrious footballing history.
Al Wakrah: Graham Arnold will not make a final decision on his starting line-up for Australia’s crucial FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 clash with Denmark until Wednesday morning as the Socceroos hunt for the win that will guarantee them a place in the knockout rounds.
Arnold will wait to make last-minute checks on the fitness of right-back Nathaniel Atkinson and midfielder Ajdin Hrustic as he prepares his side for the game against the Europeans, with a spot in the last 16 at stake.
Doha: Two rounds of fixtures have now been completed at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and five of Asia’s six teams remain in with a chance of reaching the knockout rounds.
The Matchday Two encounters saw a stunning win for the Islamic Republic of Iran and a long-awaited victory for Australia, while the results were more disappointing for hosts Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Korea Republic.
As the sides now look ahead to their final group games, the-AFC.com reflects on some of the statistics that caught the eye in the previous round of fixtures.