US frustrates England again at a World Cup in 0-0 draw

AL KHOR, Qatar (AP) — Loud brawls ring around the stadium. England’s fans are not happy. The United States has yet to frustrate them at a World Cup.

It is three times and whether the teams have met on the biggest stage of soccer and England still waiting for its first victory against the Americans after a 0-0 draw on Friday.

Coach Gareth Southgate has previously mentioned his players in this record, with the US Young and energetic team.

England beat Iran 6-2 in their opening game in Qatar to justify their status as one of the tournament favourites. But it can consider itself lucky not to drop another match to the US.

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The England fans returned to the Al Bayt Stadium in anticipation of celebrating a win and qualification to the knockout stages with a game to play.

“I want our fans at home to have a smile on their faces and we haven’t quite managed to achieve that,” Southgate said. “But people will react how they react and I can’t let that affect how I feel about the team or how the team feels.

“The objective is to qualify and we have three games to do that.”

Frustrating England is one thing. But Berhalter’s job is to advance to the knockout stages.

The draw set up a match for the US.

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“This sets up our first knockout game of the World Cup,” Berhalter said. “We win or we’re out of the World Cup.” That will be the focus for us as we prepare the team for the next game.

“But most importantly, to understand the intensity that Iran will bring. They played an excellent game today. Played with a lot of spirit will have to be ready if we want a chance to advance.

Southgate, meanwhile, will look to lift his players. He described them as scared after the exciting victory against Iran.

And despite the boos, England still top the group with four points.

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“It certainly wasn’t the best performance,” said Harry Kane, who came close to scoring with a header. “Good spells with the ball, but we didn’t quite have the final product.

“We had two or three opportunities and didn’t put it away.”

KANE WAIT

Kane, Golden Boot winner of the 2018 World Cup, is still looking for his first goal in the tournament.

MUSAH MISS

Yunus Musa, who chose to represent the United States over England, showed exactly what Southgate was missing with a dominant midfield performance.

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James Robson is at https://twitter.com/jamesalanrobson

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