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USMNT World Cup group standings: What does USA need to qualify for round of 16?

USMNT World Cup group standings: What does USA need to qualify for round of 16?

In Friday’s first match, Iran beat Wales 2-0 After a sensational late goal from Rauzbeh Cheshmi and Ramin Rezaian At Al-Rayyan Stadium.

Iran On a number of occasions the odds were more likely to work into the woodwork, but fortune seemed to be smiling on the Welshman, nonetheless Wayne HennesseyLate red card. However, Cheshmi’s 99th-minute strike from outside the area gave Iran a famous victory, with Rezaian then finishing off the counter-attack.

Although England vs USA Needing a bit more significance — more on that later — the result made clear what the USMNT must do if they are to escape the group stage.

The USMNT has successfully reached the knockout stage in six out of 10 games World Cup That qualified for the tournament.

What if they kill? England?

Not quite – but almost. That would put the USMNT on four points, England on three points, Iran on three points and Wells at a point

Group B if the USMNT wins

the team W D L point

United States

1

1

0

4

England

1

0

1

3

Iran

1

0

1

3

Wells

0

1

1

1

The USMNT will play Iran in their final group game and a point in that match will guarantee progress, while a win will see them win the group. England will play against Wales in the final match of the group.

However, if Iran beats the USMNT, Greg Berhalter’s side will be knocked out if England beat Wales.

What about a draw?

It makes the situation quite difficult. England have four points, Iran three points, USMNT two points and Wales just one point.

Group B If the USMNT draw

the team W D L point

England

1

1

0

4

Iran

1

0

1

3

USMNT

0

2

0

2

Wells

0

1

1

1

Simply put, a win against Iran would see the USMNT through, although whether it would win the group would depend on England’s result against Wales.

But any other result would have eliminated the American team.

Is the USMNT out with a loss?

Here it becomes more difficult. Their destiny will be taken away from them.

USMNT loses Group B

the team W D L point

England

2

0

0

6

Iran

1

0

1

3

USMNT

0

1

1

1

Wells

0

1

1

1

England will top the group with six points, Iran with three and Wales and the USMNT with one each.

The USMNT must beat Iran, and then hope Wales fail to beat England. If Wales beat England, the USMNT would need their goal difference (goals scored minus goals conceded) to be better than Wales, as both teams would be tied on four points.

Who can play in the USMNT knockouts?

They will play a team from Group A — including the hosts QatarThe The Netherlands, EcuadorAnd Senegal.

If the USMNT finishes second, their biggest opponent will be the Netherlands. They have lost four of their five games against the Dutch, but won the most recent 4-3 in 2015.

If the USMNT wins the group, the likely opponents will be either Ecuador or Senegal, who will play in the final round of group games on Tuesday to decide advancement. They have won five, drawn five and lost five to Ecuador, but have never played Senegal.

What is the history of England vs USMNT in the World Cup?

England did not play in their first World Cup until 1950 and this was their first game in the tournament United Stateswho entered the match in Belo Horizonte as huge underdogs.

However, a 38th-minute goal by USMNT forward Joe Gaetjens gave his side a famous win and knocked England out of the group stage.

England have only lost to the USA on one other occasion – a friendly in 1993 – but faced them again at the 2010 World Cup. Although Steven Gerrard gave England an early lead, a mistake by Rob Green allowed Clint Dempsey to equalise. The USMNT will go on to win the group.

Athletics Oli K explores the rivalry in more detail here.

(Photo: Visionhouse/Getty Images)




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