England and USA advance to Round of 16

England and USA advance to Round of 16

England and USA qualified for the Round of 16, winning their final Group B fixture of the FIFA World Cup, on Wednesday. England defeated Wales 3-0 at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, with Marcus Rashford scoring a brace (50′, 68′). Meanwhile, Phil Foden also scored in the 51st-minute for England. In the other match, a first-half by Christian Pulisic (38′) helped USA edge past Iran at Al Thumama Stadium in Qatar to enter the knockouts. 

The result secured top spot in Group B with seven points, England will face Senegal in the Round of 16 on Monday 5 December at 8am.

The loss sent winless Wales out of their first World Cup in 66 years and if Gareth Bale being substituted at half-time is anything to go by it could be time for the start of a new era for The Dragons.

Meanwhile, Iran fell to a 1-nil defeat to the US in their final match of the group with Christian Pulisic scoring the decisive goal late in the first-half.

The second-half saw the US forced to defend aggressively as Iran threw everything at the game in the hopes of staging a comeback.

However, the Americans weathered the storm and survived several scares at the back to secure second spot in Group B and a Round of 16 meeting with the Netherlands on Sunday 4 December at 4am.

After a poor start to the tournament, Iran manager Carlos Quieroz and his men showed impressive fight and perserverance to notch a hard-fought win over Wales and put on a competitive showing in final stages of their loss to the USA.