With the US Men’s National Team booking its place in the Round of 16 after defeating Iran, how did the world’s media react to USA’s World Cup win against Iran? Let’s take a closer look.

The USMNT is now receiving mainstream media attention, deservedly so. Front page coverage that was previously limited to small, below-the-fold teasers is now big, bright, above-the-fold, A-block news. But, of course, when it comes to sensational and truly fun newspaper coverage, we must still look across the pond to the United Kingdom.

US coverage of USA 1-0 Iran

A trifecta of New York papers delivered the best covers in the country:

Even the stodgy Wall Street Journal got in on the fun:

The Washington Post was among many broadsheets that moved USMNT coverage to above-the-fold prominence:

The Los Angeles Times lead with a spectacular photo:

Staying in southern California, La Opinión had a simple message of “IN!”:

The Lawrence Journal-World, out of Kansas, was one of many papers to feature bar celebrations:

The pints look mighty fine at the New Jersey pub featured on the Bergen Record’s front page:

The Houston Chronicle offered the unique perspective of Iranian-American fans:

And finally, USA Today went with a nickname more often used for Olympic teams:

Iranian coverage of USA-Iran game

The English-language Tehran Times had an understandably muted reaction to the match as its sports section only offered a brisk six-paragraph recap.

Iran’s Press TV kept it even more brief with its four-paragraph report. An the same news outlet offered its own interpretation of how the pre-match press conference went:

The Islamic Republic News Agency, the official news outlet of the Islamic Republic of Iran, offered a little more in-depth match coverage such as a story on Tim Weah’s touching show of respect for Iran’s players.

British coverage of England-Wales game

Even in defeat, the Welsh papers shine with their bold and inspiring covers:

In the United States’ coverage of England-Wales game, most papers are influenced by the sedate style of the New York Times. Most papers even copy the Times’ name and font. What results is a sea of straightforward headlines like “US Wins, Advances.”

In England, thankfully, there’s a tradition of having more fun with sports coverage: