The United States dominated in attack but could not find a way past England as they were held to 0-0 in the second match of the 2022 World Cup on Friday.
The USA was the best team in a game with no clear cut chances. The closest threat came when Christian Pulisic headed the crossbar with a heroic effort midway through the first half, but the team was unable to break the deadlock.
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The result leaves coach Gregg Berhalter’s side third in Group B with two points from two games and needing a win in their final group game against Iran on Tuesday to advance to the knockout stages. Meanwhile, England will qualify as long as they avoid a three-goal defeat in their match against Wales.
England striker Harry Kane has been a doubt for the attack after picking up an ankle injury in Monday’s friendly against Iran, but has been told that he is days ahead of the start, prompting head coach Gareth Southgate to name the squad. unchanged. Meanwhile, Berhalter made just one change from the USMNT’s opening draw with Wales – bringing on striker Haji Wright in place of Josh Sargent.
Kane no longer wears the OneLove captain’s armband after FIFA threatened against doing so, but the English Football Association instead lit up the famous Wembley Stadium in rainbow colours.
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The USA enjoyed the better chances in an uneventful first half. Kane looked dangerous early on, arriving in the six-yard box at the right moment to shoot and force a block from opposing striker Walker Zimmerman’s first attacking opportunity of the game.
But Berhalter’s team sprung into action soon after and provided two invitational opportunities. First, Midfielder Weston McKennie skied a first-time effort from inside the 18-yard box, followed minutes later by Pulisic facing the top England defender Luke Shaw before hitting a powerful strike, only to be denied by the tree.
The US looked the most likely to break the deadlock, winning a number of corners amid consistent attacking pressure, while England’s attack was frustrated by a well-organized and determined American defence.
Southgate brought on Jack Grealish for Jude Bellingham on 68 minutes to add a spark to England’s attack, but little changed as the USA continued to shut out their English counterparts, playing to their first 0-0 draw in 11 World Cup appearances.