US-Iran match mirrored a regional rivalry for many Arab fans


              Palestinians wave Iranian flags as they watch a live broadcast of the World Cup soccer match between Iran and the United States played in Qatar in Gaza City, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)
            
              Iranian fans watch their national soccer team play against the United States in Qatar's World Cup, on a giant screen at a cultural center in Tehran, Iran, early Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. The U.S. team's victory over Iran at the World Cup on Tuesday was closely watched across the Middle East, where the two nations have been engaged in a cold war for over four decades and where many blame one or both for the region's woes. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
            
              Iranian fans watch their national soccer team play against the United States in Qatar's soccer World Cup on a giant screen at a cultural center in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
            
              Palestinians watch a live broadcast of the World Cup soccer match between Iran and the United States played in Qatar in Gaza City, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)
            
              A woman plays a soccer game on a screen in front of a photo of Team USA at a cultural center prior to watching Iran's national soccer team play against the United States in Qatar's soccer World Cup in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
            
              Palestinians wave Iranian flags as they watch a live broadcast of the World Cup soccer match between Iran and the United States played in Qatar in Gaza City, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)
            
              CORRECTS DATE TO EARLY WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30 INSTEAD OF TUESDAY, NOV. 29 - An Iranian fan weeps after the conclusion of the soccer match of her national team against the United States in Qatar's World Cup, while watching the match on a giant screen at a cultural center in Tehran, Iran, early Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. The U.S. team's victory over Iran at the World Cup on Tuesday was closely watched across the Middle East, where the two nations have been engaged in a cold war for over four decades and where many blame one or both for the region's woes. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
            Youngsters perform on stage before the streaming of the soccer match between Iran and the United States in Qatar's World Cup, on the big screen at a cultural center in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. The U.S. team's victory over Iran at the World Cup on Tuesday was closely watched across the Middle East, where the two nations have been engaged in a cold war for over four decades and where many blame one or both for the region's woes. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi) 
              Lebanese soccer fans of Iran's team sit with coffee by a portrait of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, left, as they watch the World Cup group B soccer match between Iran and the United States, in the Hezbollah stronghold in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
            
              Lebanese soccer fans of Iran's team cover their backs with Iranian flags, as they sit at a coffee shop smoking water pipes and watch the World Cup group B soccer match between Iran and the United States, in the Hezbollah stronghold in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
            
              Lebanese fans of Iran's team sitting at a coffee shop smoke water pipes, as they watch the World Cup group B soccer match between Iran and the United States, in the Hezbollah stronghold in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
            
              Lebanese fans of Iran's team, sit at a coffee shop under an Arabic banner that reads: "Death to America" as they watch the World Cup group B soccer match between Iran and the United States, in the Hezbollah stronghold in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)