Bale Saves The Day As Wales Secure Late Draw

Gareth Bale once again came to Wales’ rescue, as the captain’s late penalty salvaged a draw against the United States in his country’s first World Cup game in 64 years.

Wales were listless and outmatched in the first half, which was dominated by a vibrant USA team led by Tim Weah, who finished smartly after a surging run and pass by Christian Pulisic.

The introduction of striker Kieffer Moore at halftime energized Wales, transforming a one-sided affair into a genuine contest as Ben Davies and Moore both came close to equalizing.

Then, with nine minutes remaining, Tim Ream clattered Bale in the box before confidently whipping his penalty into the net.

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.

Instead, Robert Page’s men will return to the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on Friday to face Iran – thrashed 6-2 by England earlier on Monday – knowing that victory would give them a chance of progressing to the second round.