Christian Pulisic joins wild USA hotel celebrations despite hospital trip after Iran goal sealed World Cup last 16 spot | The Sun
CHRISTIAN PULISIC was spotted celebrating at a rowdy hotel with his USA teammates just hours after his hospital visit.
The Chelsea winger grabbed the only goal in the 38th minute to down Iran 1-0 in their winner-takes-all Group B clash – meaning they now face Holland in the Last 16.
But Pulisic – nicknamed Captain America – collided with Iranian keeper Alireza Beiranvand while scoring and received treatment for five minutes before being subbed off at half-time.
The 24-year-old was then taken to a local hospital having complained of dizziness and abdominal pains – and was forced to keep track of the second-half score on his phone.
The States held on, and Pulisic posted a picture on social media from his hospital bed confirming he would be fit to take on the Dutch at the weekend, having been diagnosed with a 'pelvic contusion'.
And upon their hotel return in the early hours this morning [WED], the team were greeted with raucous celebrations by the backroom staff.
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A video posted by the United States then shows Pulisic celebrating at the back, with some strapping just below his right elbow, embracing his pals.
Pulisic had said earlier in the night: “So proud of my guys. I'll be ready for Saturday, don't worry.”
USA boss Gregg Berhalter confirmed post-match the hospital visit was precautionary, and that the squad FaceTimed Pulisic from the dressing room post-match.
Berhalter said: “He was feeling some dizziness and suffered an abdominal injury.
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“We FaceTimed him after from the locker room [at full-time]. We got to see him and he is in good spirits.
“My guess is he brought his phone with him and he was just updating one of these football score apps.
“Christian makes those sorts of runs. That’s what he does and that’s the special quality he has. He makes it really difficult for defenders.”
U.S. President Joe Biden also celebrated the win during a press conference of his own.
The 80-year-old chanted: "USA, USA! That's a big game man.
“When I spoke to the coach and the players, I said: 'You can do this!'. And they did it, God love them. Anyway, just thought you might want to hear.”
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