Gareth Bale equalized to help Wales draw 1-1 with USA. Follow the highlights of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Group B match between USA and Wales.
The USA and Wales were considered one of the most important matches in the first round of the group stage but there was still work to be done as points were split in a 1-1 draw.
Tim Weah’s first-half opener gave the United States a well-deserved lead at the break, but the introduction of Kiefer Moore at half-time forward for Wales turned the game in their favor and pushed the United States back for a long stretch. from the second half.
Walker Zimmerman, one of the United States’ most consistent defenders in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, conceded a stupid penalty with 10 minutes remaining in which Gareth Bale made a decisive save to equalize and secure a point.
All in all, it’s a fair result in a game that isn’t great but very entertaining. The end of the game was chaotic due to clashes with players from both sides who were completely exhausted. All in all a fair result which gives both parties a good chance of qualifying if they mind the business.
For a while, on the eve that Gareth Bale’s long wait to play in the World Cup finally came to an end, it looked as though he and Wales would be knocked out by the son of one of the greats who never made it.
But after Timothy Weah, whose father is legendary Ballon d’Or winner George, gave the US a dominant first-half lead, Bale came to Wales’ rescue, his penalty securing a well-prepared 1-1 draw in Group B. – and fit England to the core.
The young and vibrant US team impressed on their return to the World Cup having missed Russia 2018. For Wales the gap was much wider, 64 years old, and in a match which featured an XI made up entirely of World Cup debutants, Robert Page’s men looked disappointed by the occasion , although the manager takes part of the blame for having to bear it. the first sacking of Kiefer Moore, whose first-half substitution changed the complexity of the game.
In a first half that started in a 3-5-2 formation that quickly changed to 5-3-2, Wales took until the 44th minute to muster their first significant attack, Aaron Ramsey’s corner won wide of the target. Chief Ben Davies.
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At the time the deficit was a goal that Weah – the first player to score against Wales at the World Cup since Pele in 1958 – finished expertly but was set up by Christian Pulisic, who burst into the Welsh midfield with a through ball and then destroyed it. pass to also split the defense. Since his teenage years Pulisic has transmitted it, struggling to live up to the talisman status Bale deserves with so many dazzling performances. Here, however, he took the game into passive Wales while Bale, who came close in the last minutes, struggled to make an impact.
It was only after Moore’s arrival gave them something to work with, Bale and Aaron Ramsey both showing class, while the Bournemouth striker headed himself in at Harry Wilson’s corner. He will definitely have to play against the Iranian team on Friday whose deep back line should make Dan James’ defensive pace even weaker than here.
Ramsey’s skills equalized, his setback finding Bale, who was denied by Walker Zimmerman, the only American starting lineup member to play in MLS.
Bale had to wait a long time for the right shot but he did a lot – and didn’t let the moment pass.