Iran seeking second World Cup win against USA – Reuters Sports News

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The match will take place on November 29 in Doha.

Iran are ready for their sixth FIFA World Cup adventure. Currently the top Asian nation in the FIFA World Ranking, they have already participated in the tournament in 1978, 1998, 2006, 2014 and 2018.

At France 1998, Iran, led by Jalal Talebi, lost 1-0 in their opening game against Yugoslavia before facing USA in the second game.

This match made headlines at the time, and not just on the sports pages, due to political tensions between the two countries. The Lyon supporters who were able to attend the evening match were treated to a defining moment in sport. Together with referee Urs Meier, the two teams posed for a photo before kick-off, while the Iranian players offered flowers to the opposing players as a sign of peace.

The match itself was an example of fair play, with Iran triumphing 2-1 thanks to goals from Hamid Estili and Mehdi Mahdavikia, who will next play in the Bundesliga. Brian McBride saved a late goal for the Americans, but it was too little, too late.

After the final whistle of a thrilling competition, the inherent solidarity of football was once again on display as the players congratulated each other and exchanged shirts. The group stage was as far as either team would go on this occasion, with Germany and Yugoslavia advancing to the round of 16, FIFA.com wrote.

At Qatar 2022, Iran will be eager to do better. Group B will see coach Dragan Skocic’s side take on the winner of the European play-offs between Scotland, Ukraine and Wales, England and the United States in a repeat of that iconic France game 1998.

Led by star players Sardar Azmoun (Bayer Leverkusen) and Mehdi Taremi (Porto), the Iranians will look to claim a second World Cup victory against the United States on November 29 and celebrate their qualification for the round of 16 for the first time in their history.

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