A young American team outperformed England in their World Cup Group B match, but they were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw on Friday at the Al Bayt Stadium and were left to regret a rash of squandered opportunities and poor finishing in both halves.
England, who remained unaltered from Monday’s 6-2 victory over Iran, had the opportunity to secure their spot in the knockout round with a victory, but they were reckless with the ball and failed to control the Americans, who progressively gained confidence.
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In a strong first-half performance by the Americans, Tim Weah set up Weston McKennie with a deft cross, but the midfielder blasted his shot over before Christian Pulisic’s thunderous strike past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford but crashed against the crossbar.
The closest England got to scoring was just before halftime when American goalkeeper Matt Turner denied Mason Mount. Captain Harry Kane had a difficult night up front as Gareth Southgate’s team struggled to secure a share of the spoils.