World Cup Viewer’s Guide: US and Iran pulled into politics


              Wales' Gareth Bale, right, duels for the ball with Iran's Saeid Ezatolahi during the World Cup group B soccer match between Wales and Iran, at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan , Qatar, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
            
              Ecuador's Moises Caicedo,centre, jumps to head the ball during the World Cup group A soccer match between the Netherlands and Ecuador, at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
            
              Iran's Ehsan Hajsafi, left, duels for the ball with Wales' Aaron Ramsey during the World Cup group B soccer match between Wales and Iran, at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan , Qatar, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
            
              An Iranian woman, name not given, breaks into tears after a member of security seized her flag reading "Woman Life Freedom" before the start of the World Cup group B soccer match between Wales and Iran, at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
            FILE - American and Iranian team players pose for a group picture before the start Sunday, June 21, 1998 of the Iran vs USA Group F World Cup match at Gerland Stadium. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File) FILE - American Ernie Stewart stands dejected amid jubilant Iranian players Sunday, June 21, 1998, after their Group F World Cup soccer match at Gerland Stadium. Other teams in Group F are Germany and Yugoslavia. Iran defeated the USA 2-1. (AP Photo/Denis Doyle, File) head coach Gregg Berhalter of the United States and Tyler Adams attend a press conference on the eve of the group B World Cup soccer match between Iran and the United States in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) Tyler Adams of the United States attends a press conference on the eve of the group B World Cup soccer match between Iran and the United States in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) Head coach Gregg Berhalter of the United States attends a press conference on the eve of the group B World Cup soccer match between Iran and the United States in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) Iran's head coach Carlos Queiroz attends a press conference on the eve of the group B World Cup soccer match between Iran and the United States in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) England's Harry Kane takes part in drills during a training session at Al Wakrah Sports Complex on the eve of the group B World Cup soccer match between England and Wales, in Al Wakarah, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr) Iran's Morteza Pouraliganji, left, and Wales' Gareth Bale go for a header during the World Cup group B soccer match between Wales and Iran, at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan , Qatar, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco) Virgil van Dijk of the Netherlands and teammates clap hands as they acknowledges their supporters at the end of the World Cup group A soccer match between Netherlands and Ecuador, at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe) Virgil van Dijk of the Netherlands, middle, with teammates at the end of the World Cup group A soccer match between Netherlands and Ecuador, at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe) 
              Qatar's Mohammed Muntari, left, and Qatar's goalkeeper Meshaal Barsham look on after the World Cup group A soccer match between Qatar and Senegal, at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. Senegal won 3-1. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)