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Bales trains with Wales teammates as World Cup preparations continue

A late Gareth Bale penalty saved a draw for USA vs Wales in their first World Cup match in 64 years to keep hopes of reaching the last 16 alive.

Wales were completely dominated in the first half of the Group B fight, and Timothy Weah was stabbed at home after a pass by Christian Pulisic, giving the USA a well-deserved lead.

Rob Page’s side improved following the introduction of forward Kieffer Moore, Ben Davies forced a first save from USA goalie Matt Turner and Moore went over the bar.

And the equalizer came in the 82nd minute as USA defender Walker Zimmerman slammed into Bale’s back inside the penalty area, passing the Welsh talisman Turner to score the penalty.

In their second match in Group B, Wales will face Iran on Friday, while England will face the USA. Relive all the action in our blog below.

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“Terry Medwin turned 90 a few months ago and has lived more than two-thirds of a long life with the distinction of being Wales’ last goalscorer at the 2022 World Cup. As the voice of ‘Viva Gareth Bale’ echoed in the Ahmad Ben Ali Stadium, the five-time Champions League winner added something he would reward more than most of his other achievements: a World Cup goal.

“It was a goal that meant a lot, not just emotionally. United States football was rightfully ahead until they sent a penalty past Matt Turner and were apparently favorites for a place in the last 16 alongside England. Yet Wales can be characterized by stubborn resistance and a refusal to give up.

Richard Jolly With Qatar match report:

Alex Pattle21 November 2022 21:18

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“Two 45-minute halves, two very different Welsh approaches.

“Ultimately, an overly defensive-minded and deeply satellite showdown in the first, before a sea change at sea with the US taking the lead in a potentially decisive Group B conflict… well, everything else, I saw the match ends in a 1-1 draw.”

Request Karl Matchett In tonight’s game:

Alex Pattle21 November 2022 21:17

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Wales captain and striker Bale: “As we said, we were totally focused on this game, we weren’t looking elsewhere.

“To be honest, it wasn’t a good first half, they played well and we played badly.

“The coach’s great speech at halftime changed a few things around, we came out struggling. It’s a great spot from where we are.

“There’s no doubt in my mind [about taking the penalty]I feel I have to step up and I am happy to do so. Incredible [to get a World Cup goal]but to be honest i prefer three points.

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Alex Pattle21 November 2022 21:15

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Wales manager Rob Page: “Behind a goal against a very good team in the USA […] We showed character and determination to come back.

“Thank you guys for the change they’ve made to get us to this point.”

On Moore’s replacement for James: “This was nothing against Dan James. [the game] only fit Kieffer.

On Bale’s punishment: “He never let us down, did he?”

Wales coach Rob Page reacts as his side draws against USA in World Cup

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Alex Pattle21 November 2022 21:08

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End of match: Points are split in Group B as Bale’s penalty for Wales cancels Weah’s opening for the USA.

Timothy Weah strikes for USA to open score against Wales

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Gareth Bale equalizes from the penalty spot for Wales.

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Alex Pattle21 November 2022 21:04

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90+9 minutes: A calm Davies’ ball went all the way to Moore, but US goalkeeper Turner jumped out of the penalty area and cleared the ball.

While Turner was miles from his goal, the ball fell on Bale and the Welsh player collapsed before attempting a long shot. Only yellow card to Acosta…

The resulting free kick was claimed by Turner and that’s it!

Full time: USA 1-1 Wales!

Alex Pattle21 November 2022 21:01

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90+7 minutes: A deep cross finds Moore in the US penalty area and the striker is holding him well. Still, he can’t control the ball and the USA is making the situation clear.

Wales bounced back via Bale, who tried to set himself up for a shot to the edge of the penalty area but was unable to untie his feet and lost the ball.

Alex Pattle21 November 2022 20:59

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90+4 minutes: Ampadu is still struggling after his battle with Zimmerman. He returns to the field and is replaced by Morrell.

Alex Pattle21 November 2022 20:55

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90+3 minutes: Thomas replaces Wilson for Wales.

Alex Pattle21 November 2022 20:53

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90+2 minutes: Ampadu gets into a fight with Zimmerman and hurts himself while putting his body on the line for Wales!

Alex Pattle21 November 2022 20:52