Returning to the World Cup after missing the 2018 tournament, the United States seemed headed for victory until Wales took a penalty in the second half.
AL RAYYAN, Qatar — Gareth Bale conceded an 82nd-minute penalty to equalize Tim Weah’s first-half goal and give Wales a 1-1 draw on Monday in their World Cup return for both countries.
Weah, the son of former FIFA Player of the Year and current Liberian President George Weah, scored after a Christian Pulisic pass in the 36th minute.
Returning to the World Cup after missing the 2018 tournament, the United States appeared to be headed for victory. But Walker Zimmerman cut Bale down from behind as the Welsh star turned his back on goal, and Qatar referee Abdulrahman Al-Jassim pointed to the penalty spot.
Bale hit the left side of goalkeeper Matt Turner’s outstretched arm to score his 41st goal in 109 international appearances, giving Wales a point in their first World Cup match since 1958. .
Next up for the United States is a climactic game against England on Friday, the same day Wales take on Iran. England opened 6-2 against the Iranians early on Monday.
Tim Weah, just 22 years old, is part of the new-look USA team, the second youngest in the tournament.
Pulisic, America’s top player and one of the few players to survive a qualifying defeat in 2017, burst into midfield in a move that led to a goal. Weah timed it perfectly as Pulisic took the lead, taking the lead over Neco Williams.
From near the box, Weah poked a slit through the left thigh of goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey with the instep of his right foot to score his fourth goal in 26 appearances for the national team.
Weah ran towards the American fans with his arms outstretched and sliding with both knees. He was surrounded by his teammates, then raised both hands to the sky and blew a kiss to the sky.
George Weah, who had never played in a World Cup, had planned to be in the match.
Thousands of Red Wall supporters fill one end of the lower bowl and sing throughout.
In the 750th international match in US history, the Americans started with a record 10 players from European clubs, with only Zimmerman from the Major League Soccer. DeAndre Yedlin, who came on in the 74th minute, was the only American player with prior World Cup experience.
Josh Sargent nearly put the Americans ahead in the 10th minute when he headed the post after Antonee Robinson’s cross.
Ben Davies’ header in the 64th minute was thrown over the bar by Turner.
The match was played in the Arabian desert west of Doha at the reconstructed Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, lit in vibrant colors and whose exterior facade simulates undulating sand dunes.
The United States Soccer Federation sold about 3,300 tickets and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken was in the crowd of 43,418.
Three Americans have received yellow cards for rough tackles and will be suspended for a different rating: Sergiño Dest, Weston McKennie and Tim Ream.
Yunus Musah 19 years 358 days becomes the youngest American player to start a World Cup match, 19 days behind DaMarcus Beasley in 2022 and 23-year-old Tyler Adams becomes the youngest US captain at a World Cup since Harry Keough and Walter Bahr in 1950.
Turner and Zimmerman played their first competitive matches in a month and McKennie – with freshly dyed red, white and blue hair – his first game since three weeks. Ream was paired with Zimmerman at centre-back, his first international game in 14 months.
As for Wales, Hennessey has only played his second game since the end of September and Bale has started for the second time in two months.
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