USA vs Wales result: Gareth Bale cancels Timothy Weah’s opener from the penalty spot
The USMNT and Wales both came away from Al Rayyan Stadium with a point each after Gareth Bale equalized from the penalty spot.
Timothy Weah’s first-half goal looked to be the difference for the USMNT until Wales were awarded an unnecessary penalty in the 82nd minute.
Walker Zimmerman hacked down Bale from behind before the Los Angeles FC striker brushed himself down before slotting his penalty past Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner.
Weah had earlier beaten the offside trap to score the opener following Christian Pulisic’s drive through the middle of the pitch.
The Lille winger came into the tournament in Qatar having failed to score in any of his six Ligue 1 appearances this season.
Weah missed the start of the campaign with a foot injury but has worked his way back to full fitness since returning in October.
His moment on the World Cup stage proved less impactful due to Zimmerman’s moment of madness late in the second half.
It could have been worse for the USMNT had Bale not been brought down by Kellyn Acosta as he was about to shoot from distance at an unguarded goal.
The key moment for USA vs Wales
What was Zimmerman thinking? His unforced errors cost the USMNT all three points in Qatar.
Zimmerman even had the audacity to question the referee’s decision despite his rough tackle on Bale.
Bale, who always seems to deliver for his country, was never going to miss after being given the opportunity to score from 12 yards.
Player of the match – Christian Pulisic
Pulisic’s composure on the ball before playing a through ball behind Wales’ defense and into Weah’s path showed why Chelsea paid £58million for the playmaker back in January 2019.
The former Borussia Dortmund man has only made three Premier League starts for Chelsea this season, which on the one hand is disappointing for Pulisic, while on the other hand he should be fit for this tournament.
Pulisic has an amazing scoring record for the USMNT with 21 goals in 52 games for his country and showed on Monday night that he can also be the USMNT’s most important player.
USA vs Wales key stats
It was the first time since 1966 (27 World Cup games) that the USMNT did not conceding a shot on goal in the first half.
What does that mean?
Group B is wide open with Wales and the USMNT chasing leaders England after their opening games.
Wales will fancy their chances against Iran after their 6-2 defeat by England, but there is sure to be a reaction from Carlos Queiroz’s side.
The USA and Wales are both next in action on Friday against England and Iran respectively.
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