In his nation’s first World Cup match in 64 years, Gareth Bale came to Wales’ aid once more as the captain’s late penalty saved a draw against the United States.
In a first half that was dominated by an energetic USA team, Tim Weah’s well-placed goal gave Wales the lead after Christian Pulisic’s ferocious run and ball.
A one-sided game was turned into a true match when striker Kieffer Moore was introduced to the team at halftime. Ben Davies and Moore both came close to tying the score.
Then, with nine minutes left, Walker Zimmerman clattered the previously unknown Bale in the box. Bale then easily whipped his penalty into the goal, sending the traveling Welsh fans behind that goal into raptures and setting a draw against USA.
Instead, Robert Page’s team will head back to the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on Friday to take on Iran, who had earlier been destroyed 6-2 by England. They know that a win would offer them a chance to advance to the second round.
Wales’ World Cup campaign comes to an end against England on the following Tuesday, but they can put off thinking about that match in favor of savoring their comeback and the good it will do for their chances of continuing the tournament.
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