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USA hero Pulisic vows to be back for Dutch showdown

 

Christian Pulisic scored the goal that sent USA through to the last 16

🌟  FIFA World Cup 2022

⚽  Ecuador 1 Senegal 2
⚽ Netherlands 2 Qatar 0
⚽ Iran 0 USA 1
⚽ Wales 0 England 3

Doha, Qatar | FIFA.COM | Christian Pulisic has assured USA fans that he will be fit for their FIFA World Cup Round of 16 showdown with Netherlands, despite requiring hospital treatment for an injury sustained while scoring the only goal of their 1-0 victory over IR Iran.

The Chelsea midfielder was substituted at half-time having attempted to soldier on following a heavy collision with goalkeeper Alireza Beyranvand as he bundled home Sergino Dest’s intelligent headed centre in the 38th minute.

With their last-16 fixture taking place on Saturday, there were inevitable concerns that USA’s star man would not be fit to feature.

However, in a social media post from hospital, Pulisic said: “So proud of my guys! I’ll be ready Saturday don’t worry.”

“We FaceTimed him after the game from the locker room, we got to see him and he’s in good spirits.

“The goal was something we’d been taking about for a while, to get the team to shift over to one side.

“That’s the special quality Christian has, as soon as the ball is wide, he goes in with intensity, he crashes the box and makes it very difficult with his change of pace.

Pulisic has been involved in both of USA’s goals at this year’s tournament, and only Landon Donovan in 2010 (three goals) has ever contributed to more for the team at a single World Cup.

“He was taken off due to injury,” coach Gregg Berhalter said. “He was taken to hospital as a precaution. It was a blow to his abdomen, an abdominal injury.

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SOURCE: FIFA.COM

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