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Walker Zimmerman saves USA 2022 World Cup against Iran

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Walker Zimmerman saved the day for the United States.

Eight minutes into nine-plus minutes of stoppage time in the group stage match against Iran at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, an Iran header slipped past United States goalkeeper Matt Turner and seemed to be heading for the goal.

Zimmerman rushed and cleared the ball, saving the USMNT’s existence in the World Cup. With the 1-0 victory, the United States advanced to the round of 16 to face the Netherlands on Saturday morning.

Had Iran tied the match at 1-1, the United States would have been eliminated.

The USMNT’s only goal came late in the first half from Christian Pulisic, who collided with the Iranian keeper and had to leave the game with an abdominal injury at halftime.

USMNT defender Walker Zimmerman clears the ball past an open goal late in the team’s World Cup victory over Iran on November 29, 2022.


USMNT defender Walker Zimmerman clears the ball past an open goal late in the team's World Cup victory over Iran on November 29, 2022.

USMNT defender Walker Zimmerman clears the ball past an open goal late in the team’s World Cup victory over Iran on November 29, 2022.


Zimmerman started in the United States’ first two group stage matches, against Wales and England, but came off the bench on Tuesday against Iran, replaced in the starting lineup by Cameron Carter-Vickers . Zimmerman came on as a substitute in the 81st minute of the game and was playing with relatively fresh legs by the end.

Zimmerman, 29, currently plays professionally for Nashville SC in MLS.

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