Sports world reacts after Team USA star Christian Pulisic injured while scoring goal

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US soccer star Christian Pulisic gave Team USA a 1-0 lead over Iran with a massive goal late in the first half in group stage action on Tuesday.

The Hershey, Pa., scored his first goal of the 2022 FIFA World Cup off a crossing header from full-back Sergino Dest shortly before the 38-minute mark in the first half.

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Pulisic paid the price for his heroics, absorbing what appeared to be an inadvertent knee from Iran goalie Alireza Beyranvand in the midsection, perhaps in the groin.

The 24-year-old Pulisic, who plays professionally for Chelsea of the Premier League, was face down in Iran's net for several minutes after the goal, and Team USA briefly played a man down when play finally resumed.

After being helped to the sideline, Pulisic briefly re-entered the game before halftime, but was replaced coming out for the second half. He was later ruled out with a non-specific "abdominal" injury and did not appear in the second half.

With Team USA in a must-win scenario, the potentially momentous goal was widely celebrated by the team's fans on social media.

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