Gareth Bale became a Welsh record holder with a penalty worth an important World Cup point
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Building on young talents the Americans returned after eight years, the Welsh after 64 years into the field of the world championship, so the wait was heightened before the clash that would decide the other group’s finalist according to the paper form.

The European team clearly won the vocal duel before the meeting, specifically the Welsh anthem was goosebumps at such an amazing decibel, but when a stray three letters rang out on the airwaves, the whole stadium started singing: USA, USA!

The match started in a similar vein, the Welsh were very enthusiastic, but tried to hinder the opponent’s game rather than building their own, while the Americans pressed a few times so that the opponent didn’t even have time to be surprised.

That helped Wayne Hennessey in the 10th minute, when Joe Rodon after the attractive overseas attack, he almost headed an own goal, luckily his defender hit him right there, and moments later Joshua Sargent his header avoided the Welsh goal. The leadership is mature.

Of course, this was not surprising in our order of strength the United States team just didn’t fit into the first half of the field, while Wales’ team was ahead of only eight teams.

At the end of the first quarter of an hour, the atmosphere became a little peppery, two Americans also turned yellow, and the Welsh finally gave a sign of life on the other side as well, Ethan Ampadu’s shot was not a threat.

At the waist of the game Antonee Robinson’s pass was stuck after a great trick, but that was enough for the audience to be enthusiastic again, and it was necessary, because the match started to flatten out.

There was the clapping choreography admired by the Icelanders to USA composed (of course, with these three letters you can solve quite a lot of fan rhymes), and it was played several times in the often appearing at university matches “I believe that we will win!”, and it was also seen on the team, he believes that he can win this meeting.

With half an hour to play, Sergino Dest was encouraged by this to shoot from far, well over the top, and then in the 36th minute, the ice was broken with Christian Pulisic’s excellent start Timothy Weah he stepped out and calmly rolled into the gate (1-0).

Chris Gunter, who started on the bench, set a national team record Gareth Bale drew attention to himself with a yellow card in the first half, And the Qatari referee Abdulrahman al-Jassim tried to play a little too much, which did not enhance the game.

During the break Kieffer Moore came to replace Daniel James, and the Welshman was replaced by a completely new spirit: they played much braver and more attacking, and although this did not manifest itself in situations for a long time, in the 64th minute Matt Turner had to present a sensational save Ben Davies at the header, and then the Americans around me could be happy that Moore’s header after the corner did not find the net – in that case, the equalizer would surely have been achieved.

This already had a wake-up call on the opponent, he showed up with some nice moves, but the biggest opportunity was a penalty that was claimed in vain.

On the other hand, there was a rightful complaint on the other side, although it was not necessary, the whistle came immediately: penalty kick! Behind the ball Gareth Bale stood and sold the penalty confidently (1–1).

This was the 41st goal of the American champion’s Welsh winger in his 109th appearance for the national team, the only record holder in this category.

The last minutes brought a one-and-one match, the Europeans threatened for the first time through Brennan Johnson, but another goal was not scored in the nine-minute extra time, so even though both teams believed that they could win this match, the match ended in a fair draw.

The Americans are in the group on Friday with England knocking out Iran will meet in the evening, and the Welsh will try to get their first victory against the Asian guard.

SOCCER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
GROUP B, ROUND 1
USA v Wales 1-1 (T. Weah 36. and Bale 82. – from 11)

In the other game of the group
England-Iran 6-2 (Bellingham 35., Saka 43., 62., Sterling 45+1., Rashford 71., Grealish 90., or Taremi 65., 103. – the second from 11)

(Cover photo: Nicolas Tucat / AFP)