[post_page_title]Iran 2-1 USA, France 1998[/post_page_title]
This game was one of the most politically charged matches in the history of the World Cup. The president of US Soccer called it the mother of all games when the draw was made. Relations between the two countries had been hostile for almost two decades, and there was a danger it would spill over onto the field. Iran took the lead toward the end of the first half and scored another with just less than ten minutes to play. The USA scored one to make it close, but Iran managed to secure their first ever win at the World Cup. This defeat meant the USA would exit the tournament earlier than expected.
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