US, Netherlands, Senegal, England Qualify For World Cup Round 2

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Netherlands and Senegal from Group A and England and the United States from Group B have advanced to the second round of Qatar World Cup winning their decisive last group matches.

Christian Pulisic made the decisive strike of an absorbing contest for the U.S. to beat Iran 1-0 and set up a last-16 encounter with the Netherlands on Saturday.

Pulisic scored in the 38th minute after receiving a pass delivered by Weston McKennie.

U.S. team coach Gregg Berhalter stringed five men across the defense line to preserve his team's lead in the closing quarter hour.

Iranians desperately claimed a penalty in the final seconds, which the referee rejected.

It was a clear demonstration of English dominance over Wales in the 3-0 victory in Group B. England progressed as group winners, eliminating their British neighbors from the tournament.

After a goalless first half, Marcus Rashford scored twice and Phil Foden once to seal the fate in England's favor.

Netherlands scored once in each half to ease to victory over hosts Qatar and claim top spot in Group A.

Cody Gakpo netted in the 26th minute while Frenkie de Jong scored the second goal shortly after half-time.

Netherlands reach last 16 as Group A winners.

Senegal defeated Ecuador 2-1 in a tense but thrilling match to finish second in the group.

Ismaila Sarr's penalty goal brought Senegal in front in the 44th minute of the match.

Moises Caicedo equalized in the 68th minute for Ecuador.

Kalidou Koulibaly struck back in two minutes to help Senegal progress to the Round of 16 for the first time since their World Cup debut in 2002.

The African lions will take on England on Sunday.

Brazil, France and Portugal are already assured of a ticket to next round. The pre-quarter final chances of Argentina and Denmark will be determined in Wednesday's games.

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