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2022 FIFA World Cup Group B

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Group B of the 2022 FIFA World Cup takes place from 21 to 29 November 2022.[1] The group consists of national association football teams from England, Iran, the United States, and Wales. The top two teams will advance to the round of 16, while the other two teams will be eliminated.[2]

Initially noted for unusually containing four teams all ranked in the top 20 at the time of the tournament, as well as two teams within the same sovereign state and other geopolitical conflicts, various incidents relating to the support of LGBTQ+ Pride affected the games on the first match day.

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2022 FIFA World Cup

2022 FIFA World Cup

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is an international association football tournament contested by the men's national teams of FIFA's member associations. The 22nd FIFA World Cup, it is taking place in Qatar from 20 November to 18 December 2022. This is the first World Cup to be held in the Arab world, and the second held entirely in Asia after the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan. At an estimated cost of over $220 billion, it is the most expensive World Cup ever held. France are the defending champions, having defeated Croatia 4–2 in the 2018 final.

Association football

Association football

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of 11 players who primarily use their feet to propel the ball around a rectangular field called a pitch. The objective of the game is to score more goals than the opposition by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing side's rectangular framed goal. Traditionally, the game has been played over two 45 minute halves, for a total match time of 90 minutes. With an estimated 250 million players active in over 200 countries, it is considered the world's most popular sport.

England national football team

England national football team

The England national football team has represented England in international football since the first international match in 1872. It is controlled by The Football Association (FA), the governing body for football in England, which is affiliated with UEFA and comes under the global jurisdiction of world football's governing body FIFA. England competes in the three major international tournaments contested by European nations: the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA European Championship, and the UEFA Nations League.

Iran national football team

Iran national football team

The Iran national football team, recognised by FIFA as IR Iran, represents Iran in men's international football since their maiden match in 1941. It is controlled by the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran. The squad is under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and is governed in Asia by AFC. The team's home ground is the Azadi Stadium in Tehran.

United States men's national soccer team

United States men's national soccer team

The United States men's national soccer team (USMNT) represents the United States in men's international soccer competitions. The team is controlled by the United States Soccer Federation and is a member of FIFA and CONCACAF.

Wales national football team

Wales national football team

The Wales national football team represents Wales in international football. It is controlled by the Football Association of Wales (FAW), the governing body for football in Wales and the third-oldest national football association in the world, founded in 1876.

Teams

Fireworks and a large model of the World Cup trophy during a ceremony before the United States–Wales match
Fireworks and a large model of the World Cup trophy during a ceremony before the United States–Wales match

The teams were decided by the World Cup draw that took place on 1 April 2022.[3] The group was set to receive one team from each pot, which sorted all World Cup teams by position on the FIFA World Rankings.[3] The first team drawn was England, which secured qualification as a pot one team by winning Group I of UEFA qualification.[4] The second pot team, the United States, qualified by finishing third in CONCACAF qualification.[5] The third team was Iran, which won Group A of the AFC Third Round.[6] The final team was not known at the time of the draw, as it was the UEFA Second Round Path A winner. Wales defeated Ukraine 1–0 to qualify for this position.[7]

Group B has been widely described as the "group of death" for the tournament.[8] It had the highest average FIFA ranking of any group,[9] and controversy given by the political hostility existing between Iran and the United Kingdom, and between Iran and the United States.[10][11][12]

Draw position Team[13] Pot Confederation Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Rankings[14]
March 2022[nb 1] October 2022
B1  England 1 UEFA UEFA Group I winners 15 November 2021 16th 2018 Winners (1966) 5 5
B2  Iran 3 AFC AFC Third Round Group A winners 27 January 2022 6th 2018 Group stage (1978, 1998, 2006, 2014, 2018) 21 20
B3  United States 2 CONCACAF CONCACAF Third Round third place 30 March 2022 11th 2014 Third place (1930) 15 16
B4  Wales 4[nb 2] UEFA UEFA Second Round Path A winners 5 June 2022 2nd 1958 Quarter-finals (1958) 18[nb 2] 19

Notes

  1. ^ The rankings of March 2022 were used for seeding for the final draw.
  2. ^ a b As the identity of the UEFA Second Round Path A winners was not known at the time of the final draw, positions in the FIFA Rankings were not taken into account, and the placeholder in the draw was automatically seeded into pot 4.[15]

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2022 FIFA World Cup seeding

2022 FIFA World Cup seeding

The draw for the 2022 FIFA World Cup took place on 1 April 2022 at the Exhibition and Convention Center in Doha, Qatar. It set the stage for the round-robin group stage in Qatar, whence the World Cup will be played. The teams were divided into four pots of eight, with one team selected from each pot to form a group.

FIFA Men's World Ranking

FIFA Men's World Ranking

The FIFA Men's World Ranking is a ranking system for men's national teams in association football, currently led by Brazil. The teams of the men's member nations of FIFA, football's world governing body, are ranked based on their game results with the most successful teams being ranked highest. The rankings were introduced in December 1992, and eight teams have held the top position, of which Brazil have spent the longest ranked first.

England national football team

England national football team

The England national football team has represented England in international football since the first international match in 1872. It is controlled by The Football Association (FA), the governing body for football in England, which is affiliated with UEFA and comes under the global jurisdiction of world football's governing body FIFA. England competes in the three major international tournaments contested by European nations: the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA European Championship, and the UEFA Nations League.

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group I

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group I

The 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group I was one of the ten UEFA groups in the World Cup qualification tournament to decide which teams would qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar. Group I consisted of six teams: Albania, Andorra, England, Hungary, Poland and San Marino. The teams played against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format.

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Third Round

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Third Round

The third round of CONCACAF matches for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification, nicknamed the Octagonal, was played from September 2021 to March 2022. Canada, Mexico, and the United States qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, while Costa Rica advanced to the inter-confederation play-offs. Panama, Jamaica, El Salvador, and Honduras were eliminated in this round.

Iran national football team

Iran national football team

The Iran national football team, recognised by FIFA as IR Iran, represents Iran in men's international football since their maiden match in 1941. It is controlled by the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran. The squad is under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and is governed in Asia by AFC. The team's home ground is the Azadi Stadium in Tehran.

Group of death

Group of death

A group of death in a multi-stage tournament is a group which is unusually competitive, because the number of strong competitors in the group is greater than the number of qualifying places available for the next phase of the tournament. Thus, in the group phase, one or more strong competitors in the "group of death" will necessarily be eliminated, who would otherwise have been expected to progress further in the tournament. The informal term was first used for groups in the FIFA World Cup finals. It is now also used in other association football tournaments and other sports.

Iran–United Kingdom relations

Iran–United Kingdom relations

Iran–United Kingdom relations are the bilateral relations between the United Kingdom and Iran. Iran, which was called Persia by the West before 1935, has had political relations with England since the late Ilkhanate period when King Edward I of England sent Geoffrey of Langley to the Ilkhanid court to seek an alliance.

Iran–United States relations

Iran–United States relations

Iran and the United States have had no formal diplomatic relations since April 7, 1980. Instead, Pakistan serves as Iran's protecting power in the United States, while Switzerland serves as the United States' protecting power in Iran. Contacts are carried out through the Iranian Interests Section of the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, D.C., and the US Interests Section of the Swiss Embassy in Tehran. In August 2018, Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei banned direct talks with the United States.

UEFA

UEFA

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2018 FIFA World Cup

2018 FIFA World Cup

The 2018 FIFA World Cup was the 21st FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for men's national association football teams organized by FIFA. It took place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, after the country was awarded the hosting rights in 2010. It was the eleventh time the championships had been held in Europe, and the first time they were held in Eastern Europe. At an estimated cost of over $14.2 billion, it was the most expensive World Cup ever held until it was surpassed by Qatar in 2022. The tournament phase involved 32 teams, of which 31 came through qualifying competitions, while as the host nation Russia qualified automatically. Of the 32, 20 had also appeared in the 2014 event, while Iceland and Panama each made their first appearance at the World Cup. 64 matches were played in 12 venues across 11 cities. Germany, the defending champions, were eliminated in the group stage for the first time since 1938. Host nation Russia was eliminated in the quarter-finals. In the final, France played Croatia on 15 July at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. France won the match 4–2, claiming their second World Cup.

1966 FIFA World Cup

1966 FIFA World Cup

The 1966 FIFA World Cup was the eighth FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial association football tournament for men's senior national teams. It was played in England from 11 July to 30 July 1966. England defeated West Germany 4-2 in the final to win their first and so far only ever title; the match had finished at 2–2 after 90 minutes and went to extra time, when Geoff Hurst scored two goals to complete his hat-trick, the first to be scored in a men's World Cup final, with a handful of spectators wandering on to the pitch during the fourth goal. England were the fifth nation to win the event, and the third host nation to win after Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 1934. Brazil were the defending champions, but they failed to progress from the group stage.

Summary

Pride symbol incidents

Captains armbands

Harry Kane in England's first match, wearing a FIFA "No discrimination" armband
Harry Kane in England's first match, wearing a FIFA "No discrimination" armband

England captain Harry Kane, Wales captain Gareth Bale, and several other European captains intended to wear OneLove rainbow armbands promoting acceptance and diversity during the World Cup; shortly before England's opening match (the first match to feature one of these nations), however, FIFA announced that players wearing these armbands would face "unlimited" sanctions, with a yellow card given at minimum.[16][17] The affected football associations said they would not put their players in this position, criticising FIFA for the ruling.[18][19][20] A spokesperson for Rishi Sunak, the British Prime Minister, also criticised FIFA for introducing player punishment for the armbands.[21] After the first United States match, and though the US had not been intending to wear the armband, Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, the nation's highest diplomat in Qatar, described the ban as "concerning".[22]

At the England–Iran match, BBC pundit and former England women's team captain Alex Scott chose to wear a OneLove armband while being interviewed pitchside ahead of the match, a move that was widely praised.[18][19] At the United States–Wales match, though she did not appear on screen, German ZDF broadcaster Claudia Neumann wore a rainbow armband and Pride shirt, later telling the Sport-Informations-Dienst that she wanted to set an example, lamenting that the captains would not be able to wear the armbands.[23] During England's second match, the Wembley Stadium arch, iconic of the team's home stadium, was lit up in rainbow colours.[17]

Other Pride items

Many Wales fans in attendance at their first match as part of the nation's official LGBTQ+ supporters group wore the group's rainbow Wales bucket hats. Women who had these hats, including former women's team captain Laura McAllister, were prohibited from entering the stadium with them; McAllister reported that the security officials told her it was "a banned symbol".[24] At the same match, American journalist Grant Wahl was reportedly detained for 25 minutes when attempting to enter the stadium wearing a Pride shirt, being told it was "political" and being asked if he was British; he said that FIFA later apologised to him and security allowed him to enter with the shirt.[25]

After the match, the Football Association of Wales confronted FIFA about the confiscation of the bucket hats, and FIFA entered talks with the Qatari Supreme Committee to discuss the Qatar commitment to make all fans welcome at the World Cup, also citing an incident of an American fan with a rainbow flag being harassed.[26]

England 6–2 Iran

The opening match of Group B was contested between England and Iran.[27] The two sides had never played each other in a competitive match.[28] Many England supporters missed the start of the match due to problems with FIFA's ticketing app.[29] In defiance of their government, the Iranian team refused to sing their national anthem ahead of the match, a sign of support for the Mahsa Amini protests in their own country.[30] Many Iranian women were in attendance at the match, considered an act of protest as women are prohibited from football matches in Iran. Some of these fans also brought conventional protest signs to hold in the stands.[31]

Iran team medics attending injured goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand
Iran team medics attending injured goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand

The match was delayed for seven minutes in the first half after a their heads hit each others between the Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand and defender Majid Hosseini.[32] Beiranvand seemed to be convinced to continue playing by Iran captain Ehsan Hajsafi, despite appearing to be dazed and taking his gloves and shirt off after he received treatment, drawing criticism from the brain injury charity Headway.[33] After collapsing on the field minutes later, Beiranvand was eventually substituted for Hossein Hosseini.[34] England scored three first-half goals: Jude Bellingham opened with a header after 35 minutes with his first ever senior England goal, and Bukayo Saka (in the 43rd minute) and Raheem Sterling (in the first minute of half time overtime) scored with volleys.[35]

There were fourteen minutes of added time at the end of the first half, and ten minutes of added time at the end of the match. Saka scored his second of the game in the 62 minute, before Iran's Mehdi Taremi scored with their first shot on target.[35] England defender Harry Maguire was then removed from play after also suffering a head injury. Due to the concussion protocol, both teams were allowed up to six substitutions (rather than five) during the match.[36] Substitute Marcus Rashford, who had been introduced a minute before, scored England's fifth goal with his third touch of the game.[35] Shortly into stoppage time, England scored their sixth goal after a Callum Wilson run was passed to Jack Grealish for a tap-in.[37]

The final goal, a contentious penalty kick for Iran, was scored two-and-a-half minutes after the final whistle. The foul occurred shortly before the end of the match and was not initially awarded, with player appeals to the referee seeing the game out; the VAR took this time and more to suggest review. Taremi converted from the penalty kick, but the 6–2 defeat was Iran's worst in any FIFA World Cup match, surpassing its 4–1 defeat by Peru in 1978.[38] Iranian media blamed the "humiliating" loss on the protests in their country affecting their players' mindset, additionally claiming that the United States and its allies, including the United Kingdom, had manufactured the protests to disrupt Iran; though these nations comprise all of Iran's group stage competition, the line of blame is common due to longstanding political tensions.[39]

United States 1–1 Wales

Bale's penalty going into the net
Bale's penalty going into the net

The second match was between the United States and Wales. The teams met twice previously in friendly matches: the United States won 2–0 in 2003 and the two teams drew 0–0 in 2020.[40] The game was broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom, with the network announcing during the broadcast that its technical director, Roger Pearce, had died in Qatar.[41]

The United States scored the opening goal in the 32nd minute when Tim Weah scored after a pass over the top by Christian Pulisic.[42] The United States team outplayed Wales in the first half, but in the second half Wales outshone them, being tactically better, particularly after introducing substitute Kieffer Moore.[43] Late into the second half, Bale was fouled in the box by Walker Zimmerman and scored the resulting penalty kick. After over nine minutes of stoppage time,[44] the match finished 1–1 with the United States picking up four yellow cards, the most they had received since the 2002 FIFA World Cup match against Germany.[43]

Wales 0–2 Iran

Wales had faced Iran previously only once, in a friendly game in 1978 that ended in a 1–0 win for Wales.[45] The Iranian team opted to sing their national anthem at this match. The game was driven by Iran in attack and quick counter-attack, with Wales mostly holding in defence; though Wales made attempts in attack, their midfield was described by BBC Sport's Dafydd Pritchard as "worryingly porous". In the first half, Iran had a goal from Ali Gholizadeh disallowed by VAR for offside. Early in the second half, Iran had two attempts hit each post in quick succession.[46] In the 86th minute Welsh goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was originally given a yellow card for a foul he committed outside his penalty area. However, on review by VAR this was upgraded to a red card. Iran substitute Rouzbeh Cheshmi scored the first goal eight minutes into stoppage time, followed by Ramin Rezaeian scoring three minutes later. Cheshmi's goal was the latest-minute match-winning goal scored in any World Cup game (excluding extra-time) since the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England, when exact goal times were first made available.[47] Officially, nine minutes of stoppage time were added; with further delays in the added time, over twelve minutes were actually played.[46]

England 0–0 United States

The teams had previously met twice in the World Cup. The United States won 1–0 in the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the teams drew 1–1 in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.[48] United States captain Tyler Adams described their opponents as "an athletic team" and said that his own team was "really dominant at times" in their previous match against Wales,[49] while England's Bellingham noted that the teams had been "talking some smack" on social media.[50]

England's lineup remained unchanged, while the United States chose Haji Wright over Josh Sargent in attack. Harry Kane had a shot blocked in the box in the 9th minute before United States player Weston McKennie missed a shot in the six-yard box and Christian Pulisic hit the crossbar in the 32nd minute.[51] The match featured only a small number of chances, with only four shots on target between the two teams.[52][53] Despite not losing the game, many England fans booed the team after the match ended.[54]

Wales vs England

The teams have met 103 times, most recently in a friendly game in 2020 that ended 3–0 to England. This will be their second meeting in a major tournament, the first being the group stage of UEFA Euro 2016 in France, which ended in a 2–1 win for England. The teams have met in multiple FIFA World Cup qualifiers, including two British Home Championship matches that served as World Cup qualifiers (in the 1949-50 British Home Championship and 1953-54 British Home Championship) as well as in the 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 5 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 6 tournaments.[55]

Iran vs United States

The teams have met twice previously. Iran won 2–1 in the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France and the teams drew 1–1 in a 2000 friendly.

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Harry Kane

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Gareth Bale

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Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Major League Soccer club Los Angeles FC and the Wales national team. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest wingers of his generation and one of the greatest Welsh players of all time.

OneLove

OneLove

OneLove is an anti-discrimination, LGBT+ rights and human rights campaign, started at the beginning of the 2020 football season by the Dutch Football Association, that invites football players to wear rainbow-coloured armbands. Attracting controversy when worn in nations that have anti-LGBT+ laws, it became prominent during the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Rainbow flag (LGBT)

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FIFA

FIFA

FIFA is the international governing body of association football, beach football and futsal. It was founded in 1904 to oversee international competition among the national associations of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland, its membership now comprises 211 national associations. These national associations must each also be members of one of the six regional confederations into which the world is divided: CAF (Africa), AFC, UEFA (Europe), CONCACAF, OFC (Oceania) and CONMEBOL.

Football association

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Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

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BBC

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England women's national football team

England women's national football team

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Alex Scott (footballer, born 1984)

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Pride flag

Pride flag

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Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 2 1 1 0 6 2 +4 4 Advance to knockout stage
2  Iran 2 1 0 1 4 6 −2 3
3  United States 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2
4  Wales 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 1
Updated to match(es) played on 25 November 2022. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

In the round of 16:

  • The winners of Group B will advance to play the runners-up of Group A.
  • The runners-up of Group B will advance to play the winners of Group A.

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England national football team

England national football team

The England national football team has represented England in international football since the first international match in 1872. It is controlled by The Football Association (FA), the governing body for football in England, which is affiliated with UEFA and comes under the global jurisdiction of world football's governing body FIFA. England competes in the three major international tournaments contested by European nations: the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA European Championship, and the UEFA Nations League.

Iran national football team

Iran national football team

The Iran national football team, recognised by FIFA as IR Iran, represents Iran in men's international football since their maiden match in 1941. It is controlled by the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran. The squad is under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and is governed in Asia by AFC. The team's home ground is the Azadi Stadium in Tehran.

United States men's national soccer team

United States men's national soccer team

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Wales national football team

Wales national football team

The Wales national football team represents Wales in international football. It is controlled by the Football Association of Wales (FAW), the governing body for football in Wales and the third-oldest national football association in the world, founded in 1876.

2022 FIFA World Cup Group A

2022 FIFA World Cup Group A

Group A of the 2022 FIFA World Cup takes place from 20 to 29 November 2022. The group consists of Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal and the Netherlands. The top two teams will advance to the round of 16, while the other two teams will be eliminated.

Matches

All times listed are local, AST (UTC+3).[1]

England vs Iran

England 6–2 Iran
Report
England
Iran
GK 1 Jordan Pickford
RB 12 Kieran Trippier
CB 5 John Stones
CB 6 Harry Maguire downward-facing red arrow 70'
LB 3 Luke Shaw
CM 22 Jude Bellingham
CM 4 Declan Rice
RW 17 Bukayo Saka downward-facing red arrow 70'
AM 19 Mason Mount downward-facing red arrow 70'
LW 10 Raheem Sterling downward-facing red arrow 70'
CF 9 Harry Kane (c) downward-facing red arrow 75'
Substitutions:
DF 15 Eric Dier upward-facing green arrow 70'
FW 11 Marcus Rashford upward-facing green arrow 70'
MF 20 Phil Foden upward-facing green arrow 70'
FW 7 Jack Grealish upward-facing green arrow 70'
FW 24 Callum Wilson upward-facing green arrow 75'
Manager:
Gareth Southgate
ENG-IRN 2022-11-21.svg
GK 1 Alireza Beiranvand downward-facing red arrow 20'
CB 8 Morteza Pouraliganji Yellow card 48'
CB 15 Rouzbeh Cheshmi downward-facing red arrow 46'
CB 19 Majid Hosseini
RWB 2 Sadegh Moharrami
LWB 5 Milad Mohammadi downward-facing red arrow 63'
RM 7 Alireza Jahanbakhsh Yellow card 25' downward-facing red arrow 46'
CM 21 Ahmad Nourollahi downward-facing red arrow 77'
CM 18 Ali Karimi downward-facing red arrow 46'
LM 3 Ehsan Hajsafi (c)
CF 9 Mehdi Taremi
Substitutions:
GK 24 Hossein Hosseini upward-facing green arrow 20'
MF 6 Saeid Ezatolahi upward-facing green arrow 46'
DF 13 Hossein Kanaanizadegan upward-facing green arrow 46'
MF 17 Ali Gholizadeh upward-facing green arrow 46'
MF 16 Mehdi Torabi upward-facing green arrow 63'
FW 20 Sardar Azmoun upward-facing green arrow 77'
Manager:
Portugal Carlos Queiroz

Man of the Match:
Bukayo Saka (England)[56]

Assistant referees:
Rodrigo Figueiredo (Brazil)
Danilo Simon Manis (Brazil)
Fourth official:
Kevin Ortega (Peru)
Reserve assistant referee:
Michael Orué (Peru)
Video assistant referee:
Leodán González (Uruguay)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Julio Bascuñán (Chile)
Martín Soppi (Uruguay)
Juan Martínez Munuera (Spain)
Stand-by assistant video assistant referee:
Juan Pablo Belatti (Argentina)

United States vs Wales

United States 1–1 Wales
Report
United States
Wales
GK 1 Matt Turner
RB 2 Sergiño Dest Yellow card 11' downward-facing red arrow 74'
CB 3 Walker Zimmerman
CB 13 Tim Ream Yellow card 51'
LB 5 Antonee Robinson
DM 4 Tyler Adams (c)
CM 8 Weston McKennie Yellow card 13' downward-facing red arrow 66'
CM 6 Yunus Musah downward-facing red arrow 74'
RF 21 Timothy Weah downward-facing red arrow 88'
CF 24 Josh Sargent downward-facing red arrow 74'
LF 10 Christian Pulisic
Substitutions:
FW 11 Brenden Aaronson upward-facing green arrow 66'
FW 19 Haji Wright upward-facing green arrow 74'
DF 22 DeAndre Yedlin upward-facing green arrow 74'
MF 23 Kellyn Acosta Yellow card 90+10' upward-facing green arrow 74'
FW 16 Jordan Morris upward-facing green arrow 88'
Manager:
Gregg Berhalter
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GK 1 Wayne Hennessey
CB 5 Chris Mepham Yellow card 45+2'
CB 6 Joe Rodon
CB 4 Ben Davies
DM 15 Ethan Ampadu downward-facing red arrow 90+5'
CM 10 Aaron Ramsey
CM 8 Harry Wilson downward-facing red arrow 90+3'
RW 14 Connor Roberts
LW 3 Neco Williams downward-facing red arrow 79'
CF 11 Gareth Bale (c) Yellow card 40'
CF 20 Daniel James downward-facing red arrow 46'
Substitutions:
FW 13 Kieffer Moore upward-facing green arrow 46'
FW 9 Brennan Johnson upward-facing green arrow 79'
MF 22 Sorba Thomas upward-facing green arrow 90+3'
MF 16 Joe Morrell upward-facing green arrow 90+5'
Manager:
Rob Page

Man of the Match:
Gareth Bale (Wales)[57]

Assistant referees:
Taleb Al-Marri (Qatar)
Saud Al-Maqaleh (Qatar)
Fourth official:
Ma Ning (China)
Reserve assistant referee:
Cao Yi (China)
Video assistant referee:
Abdulla Al-Marri (Qatar)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Rédouane Jiyed (Morocco)
Mokrane Gourari (Algeria)
Adil Zourak (Morocco)
Stand-by assistant video assistant referee:
Elvis Noupue (Cameroon)

Wales vs Iran

Wales 0–2 Iran
Report
Wales
Iran
GK 1 Wayne Hennessey Red card 86'
CB 5 Chris Mepham
CB 6 Joe Rodon Yellow card 45+3'
CB 4 Ben Davies
DM 15 Ethan Ampadu downward-facing red arrow 77'
CM 10 Aaron Ramsey downward-facing red arrow 87'
CM 8 Harry Wilson downward-facing red arrow 57'
RW 14 Connor Roberts downward-facing red arrow 57'
LW 3 Neco Williams
CF 11 Gareth Bale (c)
CF 13 Kieffer Moore
Substitutions:
FW 9 Brennan Johnson upward-facing green arrow 57'
FW 20 Daniel James upward-facing green arrow 57'
MF 7 Joe Allen upward-facing green arrow 77'
GK 12 Danny Ward upward-facing green arrow 87'
Manager:
Rob Page
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GK 24 Hossein Hosseini
RB 23 Ramin Rezaeian Yellow card 90+5'
CB 19 Majid Hosseini
CB 8 Morteza Pouraliganji
LB 5 Milad Mohammadi
RM 17 Ali Gholizadeh downward-facing red arrow 77'
CM 6 Saeid Ezatolahi downward-facing red arrow 83'
CM 21 Ahmad Nourollahi downward-facing red arrow 77'
LM 3 Ehsan Hajsafi (c) downward-facing red arrow 77'
SS 9 Mehdi Taremi
CF 20 Sardar Azmoun downward-facing red arrow 68'
Substitutions:
FW 10 Karim Ansarifard upward-facing green arrow 68'
MF 16 Mehdi Torabi upward-facing green arrow 77'
MF 7 Alireza Jahanbakhsh Yellow card 90+5' upward-facing green arrow 77'
DF 15 Rouzbeh Cheshmi upward-facing green arrow 77'
MF 18 Ali Karimi upward-facing green arrow 83'
Manager:
Portugal Carlos Queiroz

Man of the Match:
Rouzbeh Cheshmi (Iran)[58]

Assistant referees:
Caleb Wales (Trinidad and Tobago)
Juan Carlos Mora (Costa Rica)
Fourth official:
Maguette Ndiaye (Senegal)
Reserve assistant referee:
Djibril Camara (Senegal)
Video assistant referee:
Drew Fischer (Canada)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Fernando Guerrero (Mexico)
Nicolás Taran (Uruguay)
Adil Zourak (Morocco)
Stand-by assistant video assistant referee:
Bruno Pires (Brazil)

England vs United States

England 0–0 United States
Report
Attendance: 68,463
England
United States
GK 1 Jordan Pickford
RB 12 Kieran Trippier
CB 5 John Stones
CB 6 Harry Maguire
LB 3 Luke Shaw
CM 22 Jude Bellingham downward-facing red arrow 68'
CM 4 Declan Rice
RW 17 Bukayo Saka downward-facing red arrow 77'
AM 19 Mason Mount
LW 10 Raheem Sterling downward-facing red arrow 68'
CF 9 Harry Kane (c)
Substitutions:
FW 7 Jack Grealish upward-facing green arrow 68'
MF 8 Jordan Henderson upward-facing green arrow 68'
FW 11 Marcus Rashford upward-facing green arrow 77'
Manager:
Gareth Southgate
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GK 1 Matt Turner
RB 2 Sergiño Dest downward-facing red arrow 77'
CB 3 Walker Zimmerman
CB 13 Tim Ream
LB 5 Antonee Robinson
RM 8 Weston McKennie downward-facing red arrow 77'
CM 4 Tyler Adams (c)
CM 6 Yunus Musah
LM 10 Christian Pulisic
CF 21 Timothy Weah downward-facing red arrow 83'
CF 19 Haji Wright downward-facing red arrow 83'
Substitutions:
FW 11 Brenden Aaronson upward-facing green arrow 77'
DF 18 Shaq Moore upward-facing green arrow 77'
FW 7 Giovanni Reyna upward-facing green arrow 83'
FW 24 Josh Sargent upward-facing green arrow 83'
Manager:
Gregg Berhalter

Man of the Match:
Christian Pulisic (United States)[59]

Assistant referees:
Jorge Urrego (Venezuela)
Tulio Moreno (Venezuela)
Fourth official:
Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan)
Reserve assistant referee:
Neuza Back (Brazil)
Video assistant referee:
Juan Soto (Venezuela)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Nicolás Gallo (Colombia)
Diego Bonfá (Argentina)
Julio Bascuñán (Chile)
Stand-by assistant video assistant referee:
Ezequiel Brailovsky (Argentina)

Wales vs England

Wales Match 33 England
Report

Assistant referees:
Tomaž Klančnik (Slovenia)
Andraž Kovačič (Slovenia)
Fourth official:
Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan)
Reserve assistant referee:
Karen Díaz Medina (Mexico)
Video assistant referee:
Marco Fritz (Germany)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Paolo Valeri (Italy)
Paweł Sokolnicki (Poland)
Bastian Dankert (Germany)
Stand-by assistant video assistant referee:
Vasile Marinescu (Romania)

Iran vs United States

Iran Match 34 United States
Report

Assistant referees:
Pau Cebrián Devís (Spain)
Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (Spain)
Fourth official:
Kevin Ortega (Peru)
Reserve assistant referee:
Jesús Sánchez (Peru)
Video assistant referee:
Juan Martínez Munuera (Spain)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (Spain)
Neuza Back (Brazil)
Alejandro Hernández Hernández (Spain)
Stand-by assistant video assistant referee:
Bruno Pires (Brazil)

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England national football team

The England national football team has represented England in international football since the first international match in 1872. It is controlled by The Football Association (FA), the governing body for football in England, which is affiliated with UEFA and comes under the global jurisdiction of world football's governing body FIFA. England competes in the three major international tournaments contested by European nations: the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA European Championship, and the UEFA Nations League.

Iran national football team

Iran national football team

The Iran national football team, recognised by FIFA as IR Iran, represents Iran in men's international football since their maiden match in 1941. It is controlled by the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran. The squad is under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and is governed in Asia by AFC. The team's home ground is the Azadi Stadium in Tehran.

Jude Bellingham

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Bukayo Saka

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Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish

Jack Peter Grealish is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger or attacking midfielder for Premier League club Manchester City and the England national team.

Khalifa International Stadium

Khalifa International Stadium

Khalifa International Stadium, also known as National Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in Al Rayyan, a suburb of Doha, Qatar, as part of the Aspire Zone complex, which also includes Aspire Academy, Hamad Aquatic Centre, and the Aspire Tower. The stadium is named after Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar's former Emir. The final of 2011 AFC Asian Cup was held at this stadium. In 2017, it received a four-star rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS), the first in the world to be awarded this rating. The stadium employs about 30,000 workers. Khalifa International Stadium is one of the eight stadiums hosting matches at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Al Rayyan

Al Rayyan

Al Rayyan is the third-largest municipality in the state of Qatar. Its primary settlement is the city of the same name, which occupies the entire eastern section and largely surrounds Metropolitan Doha and functions as a suburb. The vast expanse of mostly undeveloped lands in the south-west also falls under the municipality's administration.

Brazilian Football Confederation

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Jordan Pickford

Jordan Pickford

Jordan Lee Pickford is an English professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Everton and the England national team.

Kieran Trippier

Kieran Trippier

Kieran John Trippier is an English professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Premier League club Newcastle United and the England national team.

John Stones

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John Stones is an English professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Premier League club Manchester City and the England national team.

Harry Maguire

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Jacob Harry Maguire is an English professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Premier League club Manchester United and the England national team.

Discipline

Fair play points will be used as tiebreakers if the overall and head-to-head records of teams are tied. These are calculated based on yellow and red cards received in all group matches as follows:[2]

  • first yellow card: −1 point;
  • indirect red card (second yellow card): −3 points;
  • direct red card: −4 points;
  • yellow card and direct red card: −5 points;

Only one of the above deductions can be applied to a player in a single match.

Team Match 1 Match 2 Match 3 Points
Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card Yellow card Red card
 England 0
 Iran 2 2 −4
 United States 4 −4
 Wales 2 1 1 −7

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England national football team

England national football team

The England national football team has represented England in international football since the first international match in 1872. It is controlled by The Football Association (FA), the governing body for football in England, which is affiliated with UEFA and comes under the global jurisdiction of world football's governing body FIFA. England competes in the three major international tournaments contested by European nations: the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA European Championship, and the UEFA Nations League.

Iran national football team

Iran national football team

The Iran national football team, recognised by FIFA as IR Iran, represents Iran in men's international football since their maiden match in 1941. It is controlled by the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran. The squad is under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and is governed in Asia by AFC. The team's home ground is the Azadi Stadium in Tehran.

United States men's national soccer team

United States men's national soccer team

The United States men's national soccer team (USMNT) represents the United States in men's international soccer competitions. The team is controlled by the United States Soccer Federation and is a member of FIFA and CONCACAF.

Wales national football team

Wales national football team

The Wales national football team represents Wales in international football. It is controlled by the Football Association of Wales (FAW), the governing body for football in Wales and the third-oldest national football association in the world, founded in 1876.

Source: "2022 FIFA World Cup Group B", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 29th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2022_FIFA_World_Cup_Group_B.

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