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In protest-riven Iran, some celebrate U.S. World Cup victory

Nov. 30, 2022 05:22 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Soccer fans in Iran's Kurdish region set off fireworks and honked car horns early Wednesday to celebrate the U.S. win over the Iranian national team in a politically charged World Cup match that divided the protest-riven country. Cheering fans hit the streets in...

Pulisic listed as day-to-day with pelvic injury at World Cup

Nov. 30, 2022 04:14 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — U.S. forward Christian Pulisic is listed as day to day after sustaining a pelvic injury during his team's 1-0 World Cup win against Iran that sent the Americans to the round of 16 of the tournament on Tuesday. Pulisic scored the 38th-minute winning goal against...

FIFA says rainbow items are allowed at World Cup stadiums

Nov. 30, 2022 04:14 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — One day after Iran and Wales were eliminated at the World Cup, FIFA finally gave a public assurance Wednesday that rainbow items and banners supporting protests in Iran will be allowed into stadiums. Stadium security staff organized by Qatari authorities had...

Pulisic goal advances US in World Cup with 1-0 win over Iran

Nov. 29, 2022 21:04 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Christian Pulisic kicked the ball, scored the goal and crashed into the goalkeeper, a collision that sent the American star to a hospital and the United States into the second round of the World Cup. More than an hour later, he contacted his teammates by FaceTime...

US-Iran match mirrored a regional rivalry for many Arab fans

Nov. 29, 2022 18:40 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. team’s victory over Iran at the World Cup on Tuesday was closely watched across the Middle East, where the two nations have been engaged in a cold war for over four decades and where many blame one or both for the region’s woes. Critics of Iran say it...

England advances after beating Wales 3-0 at World Cup

Nov. 29, 2022 18:33 PM EST

AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Marcus Rashford dropped to his knees and pointed up to the sky. The England forward had just scored against Wales at the World Cup, starting off a 3-0 victory that sent his team into the round of 16. His celebration, he said, was in tribute to...

Iran fans divided in World Cup match against US

Nov. 29, 2022 18:00 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — While Iran’s national team faced the U.S. on the pitch, Iran’s politically divided fans faced each other in the stands. The World Cup match between Iran and the United States on Tuesday was charged with emotion among Iranian fans, some of whom had come to...

Iran-US World Cup clash rife with political tension

Nov. 29, 2022 17:56 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The last World Cup clash between the United States and Iran 24 years ago is considered one of the most politically charged matches in soccer history. Tuesday night's match in Qatar likely eclipsed it. The Americans prevailed 1-0 on the pitch, where no one...

US OKs $1B arms sale to Qatar during key World Cup match

Nov. 29, 2022 15:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Tuesday approved a $1 billion arms sale to Qatar in a transaction unveiled during halftime of the key World Cup 2022 match in Doha between Iran and the United States. The State Department announced it had signed off on Qatar’s...

Iran releases soccer players ahead of match against US

Nov. 29, 2022 15:06 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian authorities said Tuesday that two former members of the national soccer team arrested this month in connection with nationwide protests have been released on bail. The announcement came hours before Iran was set to play the U.S. at the...