Gareth Bale scored Wales’ first World Cup goal in 64 years to rescue his nation against USA
After 64 years, Gareth Bale and company are back and ready to make a major splash on football’s biggest stage after coming through that play-off against Ukraine. Few can forget their run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, while they also reached the knockout stages last summer.
They managed to share spoils with USA in Group B’s second game of the World Cup on Monday.
The Americans were too dynamic for Wales in the first half and scored a lovely goal through Timothy Weah but Wales’ second-half performance was much better, and they were rewarded when Gareth Bale – who had barely had a kick – won and converted a penalty in 82nd minute.
Wales finished the game strongly, buoyed to have secured a point on their long-awaited World Cup return when they had appeared to be heading for a defeat which would have left them staring at an early exit from the competition, thanks to Bale who scored from the spot to rescue his side.
Wales conclude the group stage against England a week Tuesday but thoughts of that game can wait as they savour this fightback and the good it will do for their hopes of extending their World Cup adventure.
The United States will play Iran in their next fixture in the competition.
England are having a commanding lead in Group B after claiming 6-2 victory over Iran.