Photos: Wales save draw in game against USA


Wales’ Gareth Bale converted a penalty in the 82nd minute to offset Tim Weah’s goal in the first half to give Wales a 1–1 draw in the return to the World Cup for both nations.

Weah is the son of former FIFA Player of the Year and current Liberian President George Weah. He scored in the 36th minute on a pass from Christian Pulisic.

The United States were back in the World Cup after missing out on the 2018 tournament and looked set for victory. But Walker Zimmerman plowed Bale from behind with the Welsh star’s back to goal, and Bale converted the penalty for his 41st international goal.

Bale placed his kick to the left of goalkeeper Matt Turner’s outstretched arm for his 41st goal in 109 international appearances, netting a point for Wales in their first World Cup match since 1958.

“The most important thing was that we didn’t lose,” said Weah. “We kept a draw and now we can just concentrate on the next game.”

Next for the United States is a high-profile game against England on Friday, the same day Wales face Iran. England opened earlier Monday with a 6-2 defeat of the Iranians.

Tim Weah, just 22, was part of a new American team that is the second youngest in the tournament.

“It was a hard-fought game. We left everything behind,” said US coach Gregg Berhalter.

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