World Cup 2022: Tactical foul saves USA 1-1 against Wales

epaselect epa10319005 Gareth Bale of Wales celebrates after scoring the 1-1 with a penalty kick during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Group B football match between the United States and Wales at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium i...

Gareth Bale celebrates the draw against the USA. Image: cornerstone

The Wales national team played in Qatar for the first time since 1958 in a World Cup final. After a long period of disappointment, the Welsh team drew 1-1 with the USA in Pool B.

“We were completely focused on this game. Not a good first half if we’re being honest. But we fought back, as we often do.”

Gareth Bale

Forward Timothy Weah, son of former Liberian world soccer player George Weah, made it 1-0 for the Americans in the 36th minute. Gareth Bale equalized in the 84th minute with a free-kick that he himself took.

In the end, it could also have been that the US would have lost this game. After a save from outside the box, US goalkeeper Matt Turner was well in front of his own goal when Gareth Bale received the ball. But before the Wales star could get away from the center circle, Kellyn Acosta brought him down. The 27-year-old midfielder happily accepted the yellow card for this clear tactical foul.

Kellyn Acosta tackles Gareth Bale before he can fire into an empty goal.Video: streamja

United States – Wales 1:1 (1:0)
Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al-Rayyan. 43’418 Zuschauer. – SR Al Jassim (QAT).
Feature: 36. Weah 1:0. 82. Bale (foul) 1:1.
USA: Turner; Dest (74. Yedlin), Ream, Zimmerman, Robinson; McKennie (66. Aaronson), Adams, Musah (74. Acosta); Pulisic, Weah (88. Morris), Sargent (74. Wright).
Welsh: Hennessey; Mepham, Rodon, Ben Davies; Roberts, Ampadu (95. Morrell), Ramsey, Neco Williams (79. Johnson); Wilson (93. Thomas), Bale, James (46. Moore).
Observations: 10. Sargent’s header that hits the post.
Warnings: 11. Fate, 13. McKennie. 40. Bale, 45. Mepham. 51. Ream. 100. Acosta. (abu/sda)

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