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The draw for the 2022 World Cup Qatar England United States of America

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AL KHOR, Qatar (AP) – Loud shouts echoed around the stadium. England fans were not happy. The United States thwarted them again in the World Cup.

This is three times, after the two teams met on the biggest stage in football and England is still waiting for its first victory over the Americans after a goalless draw on Friday.

Manager Gareth Southgate had previously reminded his players of this record, with the USA winning 1-0 in 1950 and drawing 1-1 in 2010. They seemed to ignore his or Greg Berhalter’s warning. Young and dynamic team.

England beat Iran 6-2 in the opening match in Qatar to confirm their status as favorites for the tournament. But they can count themselves lucky not to lose another match against the United States, after Christian Pulisic’s shot hit the crossbar in the first half and Weston McKinney struck from eight yards out.

England fans came to the Al Bayt Stadium in anticipation of the victory celebration and qualification for the knockout stages with one match to go.

“I want our fans to come home with a smile on their faces and we failed to achieve that,” Southgate said. “But people will react to their reactions and I can’t let that affect how I feel about the team or how the team feels.

“The goal is to qualify and we have three games to do that.”

It’s one thing that disappoints England. But Berhalter’s job is to make the playoffs.

The draw makes up Tuesday’s match between the United States and Iran for a place in the last 16. Iran beat Wales 2-0 earlier and occupies second place in Group Two with three points, one point ahead of the Americans.

“This is our first World Cup knockout match,” Berhalter said. “We win or we are eliminated from the World Cup. That will be our goal as we prepare the team for the next game.

But above all, you need to understand the power that Iran will bring. They had a great match today. You have to play with a lot of enthusiasm if you want to have a chance to progress. »

Meanwhile, Southgate will try to raise the level of his players. He described them as frustrated after the brilliant victory over Iran.

Despite the booing, England still led the group with four points.

“It was definitely not the best performance,” said Harry Kane, who nearly scored with a header in injury time. “Good spells with the ball, but we didn’t get the final product.”

We had two or three chances and we didn’t catch them. »

He was waiting

Kane, the 2018 World Cup winner, is still looking for his first goal in this tournament.

Miss Musa

Younis Musa, who chose to represent the USA rather than England, showed exactly what Southgate lacked with a commanding performance in midfield.

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