, After Iran stunned Wales on Friday, fans immediately began to wonder what the Americans needs to do to advance. We’ve got every scenario covered.,

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Iran‘s dramatic 2-0 victory over Wales early Friday on Match Day 2 sent shockwaves throughout Group B.

Entering Friday’s United StatesEngland match (2 p.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports App), England and Iran both now have three points atop the group, with England having a commanding plus-four goal difference (while Iran sits at minus-2). The U.S. and Wales both have one point.

Here we break down all the outcomes and obstacles, as Gregg Berhalter’s tenacious American squad tries to find a way through the minefield. 

So, get ready to watch the scoreboard — and the all-important goal-differential.


If USA beats England: USA would be guaranteed to advance with at least a tie against Iran. The USA would be eliminated with a loss to Iran, but only IF England beats Wales. If the USA loses to Iran and England-Wales ends in a tie, or Wales wins, the USA goes into a tiebreaker for second place.

Breaking down United States’ chances

The “FIFA World Cup Now” crew takes a look at the Group B standings following Iran’s victory over Wales. The United States controls its own destiny with a win or tie against England.

If USA ties with England: USA would advance with a win over Iran and would be eliminated with any other result.

If USA loses to England: USA would be automatically eliminated if it fails to beat Iran. If it beats Iran, it would advance, UNLESS Wales beats England AND finishes with a better goal differential.

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