Pulisic Hailed For Leading Us Team Into Last 16

By Chimezie Nebolisa

Christian Pulisic has been praised by his teammates after his first-half was enough to send the United States through to the World Cup knockout rounds, with him an abdominal injury in the process.

The forward had burst into the area and bundled the ball over the line in the 38th minute of Group B decider against Iran. But he could not even celebrate the goal as he had injured himself following a collision with Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand.

Coach Gregg Berhalter confirmed Pulisic was injured and sent to hospital as a precaution

Berhalter said: "We got to speak to him and he's in good spirits. That's what he does, that's the special quality he has and as soon as a goal is wide he goes in with intensity. He crashes the box and makes it really difficult for defenders with his change of pace."

The United States joined Group B rival England in advancing to the round of 16 with the victory over Iran.