1-1 v USA – Bale saves a point against Wales – Sport

For a long time, Gareth Bale barely appeared in his 109th cap. However, the 33-year-old Wales record player proved his worth for the national team in the 82nd minute. After American defender Walker Zimmerman came on sharply in the penalty area, the offender went directly to the penalty spot. Bale kept his nerve and resolutely struck the right corner to make it 1-1, for the 41st time in national clothing. He stayed that way, though Brennan Johnson still had a chance to win in the 89th minute.

In their first World Cup game in 64 years (they had reached the quarter-final in Sweden in 1958), Wales had previously been unable to shake off their reserve. Only in the second half did the Brits come out of their shell and through Ben Davies in the 64th minute they had their first real chance. Matt Turner knew how to handle his header in the American area.

Weah puts the US ahead

Early on it was clearly the Americans who dominated the action at Al-Rayyan’s Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium. They were not at all impressed by the crowd of screaming Welsh fans. It didn’t take long for them to make their mark: Josh Sargent missed the lead with a header just outside the post on 9 minutes.

It continued in the same style: Gregg Berhalter’s men caught Wales from behind with plenty of possession and capitalized on their superiority on 36 minutes. Tim Weah, brilliantly sent down by Christian Pulisic, deflected the ball past Wayne Hennessey into the net with the outer instep. The 22-year-old son of the legendary George Weah, a world soccer player since 1995, not only has the goal ahead of his father: Weah father has never played in a World Cup with Liberia.

The USA, which for its part played a World Cup match for the first time since 2014 after the absence in Russia, must be accused of not having sought the second goal with the necessary vehemence in the second half.

that’s how it goes

Wales face Iran as favorites on Friday. On the same day, the USA competed against England, who began the World Cup with a resounding victory.

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