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USA vs Iran referee: Who are the match officials for the World Cup clash?

Ryan Smart

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USA vs Iran referee: Who are the match officials for the World Cup clash?

Iran vs USA in the 2022 World Cup takes place on Tuesday. Here are the confirmed match officials for the Group B fixture.

Carlos Queiroz's Iran go into the game as a frontrunner to qualify from Group B. They are second in the group, having defeated Wales 2-0 on matchday two.

Their goal difference is poor, having lost 6-2 to England in their first game. But unless they can only draw to the United States, and Wales beat England, that should not be a factor in whether they qualify.

The US have drawn their opening two games - a 1-1 draw against Wales preceded a 0-0 stalemate versus England.


But Gregg Berhalter's side have shown quality in both matches, and better finishing could have seen them produce a surprise victory over the Three Lions on Friday.


Despite going into the final round of group fixtures in third position in Group B, therefore, they will still have plenty of confidence. As will Iran, who were deserving of their win over Wales and could have scored even more than their two goals.

Here is who will officiate the crunch fixture on Tuesday:


Iran vs USA: Who is the referee, and who are the other match officials?

Iran vs USA will be officiated by Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz.

A regular fixture on the continental football scene in Europe, he also took charge of two games at the 2018 World Cup - Denmark vs Australia, and Iceland vs Croatia.

And the Spaniard was the man in the middle for the 2021 Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea.


According to WhoScored, Mateu Lahoz has officiated 20 fixtures this season, brandishing a total of 72 yellow cards and three red cards.

Here are the other confirmed match officials (as per Law 5 - The Referee) for Iran vs USA:

  • Assistant Referees: Pau Cebrian Devis, Roberto Diaz Perez del Palomar (both Spain)
  • Fourth Official: Kevin Ortega (Peru)
  • VAR Official: Juan Martinez (Spain)
  • Assistant VAR Officials: Ricardo de Burgos (Spain), Neuza Back (Brazil), Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (Spain), Bruno Pires (Brazil)


Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: USA, Football World Cup, Qatar

Ryan Smart
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