Christian Pulisic flattened and hurt while scoring for USA against Iran in World Cup


Christian Pulisic flattened and hurt while scoring for USA in must-win game against Iran and is substituted off at halftime after a BRUTAL point-blank collision with Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand

Christian Pulisic was left hurt after a point-blank collision with Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand as he scored the opening goal for USA in the must-win World Cup game against Iran.

And despite returning to the field for the final five minutes of the first half, he was unable to return for the second half and Brendan Aaronson replaced him due to an abdominal injury.

The 24-year-old Pulisic stayed down for several minutes after scoring from close range and was unable to celebrate his goal – his first ever at a World Cup. He was eventually helped off to the side of the field by two medics from the USMNT. 

Pulisic appeared to hurt his leg and his torso as he flew into Beiranvand at full pace, having sprinted to get onto Sergino Dest’s headed pass across the Iran six-yard box. 

His face and neck also looked like it hit Beiranvand’s chest.

His US teammates stood around him until he could be treated by a medic and for a moment, there were real concerns that he would not be able to play on in such an important game. 

Eventually, the Chelsea attacker and USMNT’s star man made it back onto the field. 

Christian Pulisic was hurt after colliding with Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand as he scored

Pulisic sprinted to reach Sergino Dest's ball across the six-yard area to convert it for the lead

Pulisic sprinted to reach Sergino Dest’s ball across the six-yard area to convert it for the lead

Pulisic stayed down for treatment and he was unable to celebrate a huge goal for his team

Pulisic stayed down for treatment and he was unable to celebrate a huge goal for his team

He wasn’t running freely to begin with but gradually appeared to shake off the impact of the knock. There was five minutes of time added on at the end of the first period, almost all down to Pulisic’s treatment. 

‘We talked about putting your body on the line and boy did he ever,’ FOX Soccer analyst Clint Dempsey said. 

‘You’ve got to sacrifice your body sometimes for the team and for your country. He wanted it more than the opposition and that’s what you’ve got to do.’

But it was bad news after the break. An abdominal injury curtailed Pulisic’s involvement and Leeds midfielder Aaronson replaced him.

The 24-year-old Pulisic was helped to the side of the field by two medics of the USMNT

The 24-year-old Pulisic was helped to the side of the field by two medics of the USMNT 

The goal was vital for USA - the team has to win against Iran or it is out of the World Cup

The goal was vital for USA – the team has to win against Iran or it is out of the World Cup

The goal came in the 38th minute in the final Group B game in Qatar – a game the USA has to win to advance into the last-16 of the World Cup. 

It had been a tense game up to then, although one where the USMNT had the better chances. Pulisic went near early on in the game but Iran had enjoyed a couple of forays forward too.

USA nearly had a second goal shortly before halftime – Timothy Weah had a goal ruled out for offside by the narrowest of margins. 

If USA fails to beat Iran, it is out of the World Cup.

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