The United States may have seemed on its way to victory for a long time, but that was without Gareth Bale. In the final phase, the attacker of Los Angeles FC scored a Welsh point.
We wrote in advance that this match would probably be the match of their tournament for the United States and Wales. With an England favorite in Group B – The Three Lions reinforce that position this afternoon – the battle for second place broke out tonight.
It was the US that got off to the hottest start. In fact, it seemed like Team USA had not played at a World Cup in the past 64 years. The Welshmen hardly appeared in the play. The lead via Timothy Weah – after a wonderful ball from Christian Pulisic, of all places – was therefore well deserved.
After the break we got to see a reverse game image. Wales showed quite a different face – The Dragons were suddenly awake – and camped on the American court. Only problem: Matt Turner was right in between and for Kieffer Moore the Qatari goals are just a few centimeters too late.
But then came… Gareth Bale. We have been wondering for a while whether the former player of Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid – nice to know: he plays football these days about the Great Place – actually stood on the field. The attacker was tapped in the box and flawlessly converted the (justified) penalty kick, 1-1.
Team USA and The Dragons that way they share the points and… actually both don’t have what they came to Al-Rayyan for. The difference will have to be made against Iran and perhaps against England. Although no presents should be expected.