USA vs Wales at World Cup 2022: Gareth Bale saves draw

EA late Gareth Bale goal has saved a long-uninspired Wales from a false start to the World Cup in Qatar as they return to the World Cup stage after 64 years. The star player converted a penalty he took himself in the 82nd minute to make it 1-1 against the USA.

Tobias Rabe

Responsible editor for Sport Online.

For long stretches, the dream of participating in the global championship seemed like a nightmare. The Welsh were too discouraged and unimaginative to get the Americans even remotely into trouble. But they failed to score a second goal. The tenacious Welsh were still within reach of a point win at the start of Group B.

“I’m pretty happy, it couldn’t have gone better,” said Bale, who happily high-fived his team-mates after the game. “The boys fought like lions,” said his country’s record goalscorer.

“We have to keep our heads up and focus on the next game,” American Tyler Adams commented on the result. “We took a point and that’s good,” said the captain.

The prelude in the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in ar-Rayyan, which is brightly lit from the outside, belonged to the red block of the many Welsh fans, who were enthusiastically anticipating their country’s first World Cup game since 1958 and singing loudly.

Even in the capital Doha, in which these days not only the fans of the two playing teams, but also of all teams constantly mix with up to four games a day, they were at least as loud as those of the English, who in the afternoon with a 6-2 victory over Iran made an impressive start to their World Cup campaign.

But what the fans from Wales got to see from their compatriots on the field was a mood killer at first. The team mostly entrenched themselves in their own half and yet offered gaps in the defensive structure. A fatal combination that is not very promising.

First, Joe Rodon almost scored an own goal – goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey saved with his chest (9th minute) because he happened to be in the trajectory – a few seconds later a header from former Bremen player Joshua Sargent smacked the outside of the post (10th).

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