The United States dominated in attack but could not find a way past England as they were held to a 0-0 draw in their second match at the 2022 World Cup on Friday.
The United States was the better team in a game that lacked clear-cut chances. The closest threat came when Christian Pulisic rattled the crossbar with a ferocious effort midway through the first half, but neither side could break the deadlock.
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Head coach Greg Berhalter’s team finished third in Group B with two points from two games and needed to win their last group game on Tuesday against Iran to advance to the knockout stages. Meanwhile, England will qualify as long as they avoid a three-goal deficit in their game against Wales.
England striker Harry Kane was a doubt for the clash after injuring an ankle in Monday’s emphatic win over Iran, but he declared himself fit days before kick-off and allowed manager Gareth Southgate to announce the name of the unchanged team. Meanwhile, Berhalter made just one change from the USMNT’s opening draw with Wales – bringing on forward Haji Wright in place of Josh Sargent.
Kane did not wear the OneLove captain’s armband again after FIFA threatened to do so, but the FA instead lit up the famous Wembley Stadium arch in rainbow colours.
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The United States enjoyed the better chances in an uneventful first half. Keane looked dangerous early on, getting to the six-yard box at the right time to shoot and block defender Walker Zimmerman on the game’s first offensive opportunity.
But Berhalter’s team stepped in early and created some inviting opportunities. First, midfielder Weston McKenney skied home his first effort from inside the 18-yard box, then moments later Pulisic took on an England defender and then had a powerful shot deflected off the crossbar.
The United States looked the most likely to break the deadlock, winning several corners amid regular attacking pressure, while England’s attack was thwarted by an organized and resolute American defense.
Southgate brought on Jack Grealish for Jude Bellingham in the 68th minute to spark England’s attack, but the United States held on to their English counterparts and held their first 0-0 draw in 11 World Cup games. It didn’t change much.