Gareth Bale To The Rescue As Wales Snatch US Draw On World Cup Return


Gareth Bale Wales were saved from penalties by a 1-1 draw with the United States in their World Cup Group B clash in Qatar on Monday. Welsh captain Bale hit an 82nd-minute spot kick after defender Walker Zimmerman brought down the former Real Madrid star moments before earning a penalty. It canceled out Tim Woo’s superb first-half goal for the Americans that had threatened to spoil Wales’ return to the World Cup after a 64-year absence.

Bell’s equalizer drew roars from a large and boisterous group of Wales fans in the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium crowd of 43,418 on the outskirts of Doha.

Until that moment it looked as if Wales were headed for defeat, struggling to break down a skilled and energetic US squad that was the second youngest team in the tournament.

Wales were beaten for long stretches of the first half, with manager Rob Page deciding not to start the centre-forward. Kiefer Moore Depriving them of an attacking outlet.

Instead it was the US who made all the early runs with Chelsea christian Pulisic is a constant dribbling threat.

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Positive early play turned into a goal after about nine minutes when Sergino Dest played Uehe down the right.

The Lille winger’s cross caused panic in the Welsh area as Joe Rodon curled a header past the keeper. Wayne HennesseyIts midriff

The danger was not over as Pulisic crossed for Norwich striker Josh Sargent, who beat Rawdon easily but headed just wide.

An early U.S. flurry led to an early rumble for the Americans, with Dest and Weston McKenney both booked in quick succession for a pair of wild tackles on Neko Williams.

A relentless US pressing game meant Wales couldn’t create anything in midfield, where Aaron Ramsey And Ethan Ampadu could hardly afford the time or space.

The breakthrough came on 36 minutes. Good hold-up play from Sargent near the half sent Pulisic sprinting towards goal before picking out Weah, who darted behind.

The son of African football icon George Weah showed terrific composure, curling a superb finish past Hennessy with the outside of his right foot for a goal that the USA deserved no less than the positive opening.

Wales again fell into disciplinary trouble soon after, with Bale earning a yellow card in the 40th minute for a scuffle with Younis Musah.

Chris Mepham joined the Welsh captain in the books by subbing Pulisic near half-time.

Page brought on Moore for Daniel James at half-time and the substitution began to make an immediate impact.

Tottenham’s Ben Davies almost headed Wales level on 64 minutes but was denied by US goalkeeper Matt Turner with an acrobatic parry over the bar.

Moore steered home a header from the ensuing corner.

The US dropped deeper and Wales pressed more aggressively as they chased an equaliser.

On 80 minutes the Ramseys moved down the right and cut back for Bale, who saved the ball and lured Zimmermann into a wild lunge.

Qatari referee Abdulrahman Al-Jassim pointed to the spot and Bell stepped up to save Wales.

Wales face Iran in their second Group B game on Friday and the USA face England, 6-2 winners over the Iranians on Monday.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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