US Defeats Iran, Advances to Second Round at World Cup

The United States defeated Iran 1-0 Tuesday on a first-half goal by Christian Pulisic, advancing to the second round of the World Cup and avenging a 2-1 loss to the Islamic republic at the 1998 tournament.

The result finished the Americans in second place in Group B and earned them a second-round match against the Group A winner Netherlands on Saturday.

Pulisic, a Hershey, Pennsylvania, native who plays for London soccer club Chelsea, redirected a headed ball from AC Milan’s Sergino Dest, volleying it from just inside the 6-yard box in the 39th minute.

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