USA and Wales played a 1-1 draw in their opening World Cup match at Al Rayyan Stadium.
Both teams are in Group B, alongside England and Iran. A victory in the game would have been massive for both teams given England had destroyed Iran 6-2 in their opening game at the Khalifa International Stadium.
The Three Lions are expected to qualify from the group, with the second knockout stage qualification spot up for grabs. Wales will next play Iran on November 25, while the USA will lock horns against England on November 26.
Gareth Bale’s penalty rescued a point for Wales
Wales have qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1958. The Dragons have avoided defeat in their game against the USA courtesy of a late penalty goal by Gareth Bale.
The USA got the lead in the game through Timothy Weah in the 36th minute of the game. Both teams worked hard to score the next goal of the game but failed until Walker Zimmerman tipped Gareth Bale inside the 18-yard box, handing Wales a chance to score from the spot. Bale expertly put the ball past Matt Turner, securing a point for his team.
Bale has been a key performer for Wales since making his debut in 2006. He has played 109 games for the Dragons so far, scoring 41 goals. Bale won the Welsh Footballer of the Year accolade six times. The veteran attacker also played a starring role in the Los Angeles FC MLS Cup triumph, scoring a goal in the final.
Rob Page praises Gareth Bale
Wales manager Rob Page heaped praise on his star attacker Gareth Bale. Speaking to the media, he said: ‘He’s good at finding those spaces. He’s a wise head. He used all of his wisdom in winning the penalty.
He’s intelligent, he puts himself in those positions in the box, defenders commit themselves and, if they don’t get the timing right, it can be a foul.
Bale has scored a number of important goals for Wales in recent games, including a match-winning free‑kick against Ukraine to secure the Dragons’ place in the World Cup.
When is the 2022 World Cups’ next match?
Argentina and Saudi Arabia will lock horns against each other in a Group C game at the Lusail Stadium later today. Denmark and Tunisia are also scheduled to play against each other at Education City Stadium.