Gareth Bale converted a penalty kick in the 82nd minute to offset Tim Weah’s first-half goal and give Wales a 1-1 draw Monday in the return to the World Cup for both nations.
Weah, a son of former FIFA Player of the Year and current Liberian President George Weah, scored after a pass from Christian Pulisic in the 36th minute.
Back in the World Cup after missing the 2018 tournament, the United States appeared headed to victory. But Walker Zimmerman plowed down Bale from behind with the Welsh star’s back to the goal, and referee Abdulrahman Al-Jassim of host Qatar pointed to the penalty spot.
22-year-old NYC-born Tim Weah puts the United States up 1-0 over Wales, our first lead in a men’s World Cup game since we played Portugal in 2014. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/2CK08O3LM9
— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) November 21, 2022
“Go, get ’em, guys. Just play your hearts out.” President Joe Biden telephoned the American World Cup team ahead of their opener against Wales on Monday, urging them to “let’s go shock ’em all.” https://t.co/sBY4qRqaad
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 20, 2022