Gareth Bale rescues draw for Wales in World Cup opener vs USA

    Wales' forward #11 Gareth Bale celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match between USA and Wales at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha on November 21, 2022. (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP via Getty Images)
    Gareth Bale scored Wales’ late equaliser from the penalty spot (AFP via Getty)

    Gareth Bale rescued a 1-1 draw for Wales in their World Cup opener against USA on Monday evening.

    The United States started the match on the front foot but had to wait until the 36th minute to get in front as Timothy Weah raced on to Christian Pulisic’s pass and finished low past Wayne Hennessey.

    Wales were much improved in the second half but it needed a rash challenge from Walker Zimmerman for USA to concede a penalty, which Bale smashed past Matt Turner.

    USA will now play England in their second game in Group B on Friday, while Wales will face Iran.


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