The United States and Wales starred in an emotional and changing game after they drew 1-1 in both teams’ opening Group B of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
The match took place at the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium in the city of Rayyan, and was officiated by Qatari referee Abdulrahman Al Jassim.
After a good team move, Timothy Weah put the United States ahead in the first leg; while Gareth Bale equalized for Wales from a penalty kick in the final half.
The United States and Wales, encouraged by two cheering parties, especially by colorful fans of the British team, He offered an entertaining rendezvous with great gusto and good intentions.
A great physical deployment and high pressure on Wells’s territory resulted in the Americans taking possession of the domain. But that attacking momentum went awry early on and after 12 minutes they already had two players booked for strong fouls by Sergino Dest and Weston McKennie.
Wales didn’t find a solution at the time, they only managed to defend themselves and had two unbalanced arms: Gareth Bale and Aaron Rampy, disconnected and reaching out to generate the football without the ball.
The United States, little by little, settled down and their good play added more depth, leading to almost complete dominance, led by the talented Christian Pulisic.
Accurately, Pulisic filtered a ball between the Welsh centre-backs and enabled Timothy Weah, who beat the back of Neko Williams and headed in with a diagonally defined low shot before the departure of Wayne Hennessey, who scored. Could not stop the opening of when 35 minutes passed.
The great deployment of the early stages was felt by the United States in the final half, so they lost momentum and Wales took advantage of this to go in search of an equaliser. Kiefer Moore’s replacement for Daniel James gave him more control of the game and the British began to press against Matt Turner’s insurance goal.
So far, at 36 minutes, Gareth Bale, who, despite not being in his best physical shape, showed all his hierarchy and “invented” a free kick into the large area by Tim Ream, who clumsily scored for sure. The maximum penalty taken from it was correctly accepted.
The shot itself was executed by Gareth Bale, who signaled a well-deserved tie with an accurate shot to the left from mid-height from Matt Turner’s stretch.
thus, Wales scored a goal in the World Cup once again after 64 years, as they had not participated in football’s top event since Sweden 1858, their only participation in the worldwide event.
The United States, for their part, were left without a reply in the second half and started with a draw in the World Cup, which they did not participate in in Russia 2018.
This Tuesday morning, for the same group, England, favorites to stay with the zone and next Friday’s opponent for the United States in the second date, beat Iran 6-2.
On the same Friday, Wales and Iran will play in another match at the same arena on the second day.