The United States and Wales staged the first draw of this World Cup, equalizing by a goal in a tight commitment played at the Ahmed bin Ali stadium, and one of its figures was the historic captain Gareth Bale.
In the first half, the American dominance was total. Without going any further, they had their first chance after 10 minutes, first with a cross from the right that was deflected by a Welsh defender, and which goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey had to deflect suddenly.
Next play, and a new chance for the Americans. This time, thanks to a shot from striker Josh Sargent that hit the crossbar, making the Europeans break into a cold sweat.
Thanks to their control of the ball and their superiority on the field, they were able to open the scoring. A great play by Pulisic ended with a pass to Timothy Weah (35′), who defined three fingers in the middle of the area before the rival goalkeeper left.
Already in the second half, it could be seen how Wales entered with a different disposition, with a clear intention of equalizing the actions. Thus, at 63′, they tried with a popcorn from Ben Davies that Matt Turner managed to handle in an incredible way. A minute later, Kieffer Moore did the same with a header that went over the horizontal.
Equality for the Welsh would come definitively in minute 79, with a penalty from Walker Zimmerman on the historic Gareth Bale. The Los Angeles FC player himself changed it for a goal, with a left-footed cross against which Turner could do nothing.
Already near the epilogue, the United States suffered anguish in the background, since Wales went with everything in search of victory. After a counterattack on the right, Brennan Johnson registered with a powerful shot at the near post by Turner, who easily saved the attempt.
With this result, both teams are in second and third place with a unit and a goal in favor, escorting England that has three points and four goals to its credit. In last place, Iran marches with four conquests against, and zero units. This Friday at 07:00, Wales will face the Iranians, while the United States will do the same with England at 16:00.
Stadium: Ahmed bin Ali, Rayan
Referee: Ibrahim Al-Jassim Abdulrahman (Qatar)
UNITED STATES: Matt Turner; Sergiño Dest (DeAndre Yedlin, 74′), Walker Zimmerman, Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson; Weston McKennie (Brenden Aaronson, 66′), Tyler Adams, Yunus Musah (Kellyn Acosta, 75′); Timothy Weah (Jordan Morris, 88′), Josh Sargent (Haji Wright, 74′), Christian Pulisic. (DT: Gregg Berhalter)
WALES: Wayne Hennessey; Chris Mepham, Joe Rodon, Ben Davies; Connor Roberts, Aaron Ramsey, Ethan Ampadu (Joe Morrell, 90′), Harry Wilson (Sorba Thomas, 90′), Neco Williams (Brennan Johnson, 79′); Gareth Bale, Daniel James (Kieffer Moore, 46′). (DT: Robert Page)
GOALS: 35′ Weah (USA), 81′ Bale (WAL).
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