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Between the goal of the president’s son and the goal of the fourth player in the history of his country of its kind, the Wales national team tied with the American national team, with a goal for each team, in the second group competitions of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The match was held at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, and witnessed the first tie in the current edition of the World Cup.
This is the first time that the US national team has failed to win the World Cup after taking its lead at the end of the first half, since facing South Korea in the group stage in 2002, where the match ended 1-1 as well.
The Americans advanced in 9 matches in the first half in their World Cup history, winning 7, drawing with Korea, and receiving a single loss against Spain in 1950, which makes this tie the second.
The first dangerous attempt in the match came in the tenth minute, with an American shot from Joshua Sargent that hit the left post of goalkeeper Wayne Hennessy.
Violence began to dominate the match after that, as Barcelona full-back Sergino Dest, loaned to Milan, received a yellow card in the 11th minute, followed by his colleague Weston McKinney, Juventus player, in the 13th minute.
In the 20th minute, Christian Pulisic, Chelsea’s player, tried with a distinguished launch, but lost control of the ball.
While Dest shot in the 29th minute on the edge of the penalty area, the ball passed over the crossbar.
The first goal came in the 36th minute by Timothy Weah, the star of the United States, after a through ball from Christian Pulisic, with one touch into the net to the left of Hennessey.
Timothy is the son of African football legend George Weah, the only African to win the Ballon d’Or, and the current President of the Republic of Liberia.
Timothy Weah’s first World Cup goal against Wales since Brazil legend Pele on June 19, 1958.
It is the first for the United States in the World Cup since July 1, 2014 against Belgium in the round of 16.
While Pulisic became the fifteenth player to be made for the United States in the World Cup since 1966.
Gareth Bale, the Welsh star, received a yellow card in the 40th minute, which raised his objection to the referee’s decision, as he considered that the violation was not worth it, so the first half ended with America advancing 1-0.
Also since 1966, the American national team went out without receiving a shot on its own goal throughout the first half.
With the start of the second half, Wales coach Rob Page moved and involved Bournemouth striker Kiefer Moore in place of Fulham winger Daniel James.
And in the 51st minute, the match continued, this time for Tim Reem, defender of Fulham and the United States.
Christian Pulisic fell, calling for a penalty kick in the 61st minute, but the referee ordered the match to continue playing.
After a quiet period during which the Americans retreated to the defense, the Welshmen began to break the stagnation of the match with a header from Ben Davies. Matt Turner, Arsenal substitute goalkeeper, shone in sending it away in the 64th minute.
And in the 65th minute, from a corner that reached Kiefer Moore, the latter hit a header that passed over the crossbar.
Brendan Aronson of Leeds United replaced McKinney in the 66th minute, in the first substitution for the American national team.
In the 74th minute, Younis Musa was forced to leave due to the injury, along with Dest and Sargent, and DeAndre Yulin, Kelin Acosta and Haji Wright replaced the trio.
On the other hand, Nottingham Forest player Brennan Johnson replaced Neco Williams, also Nottingham player, in the ranks of Wales, in the 79th minute.
Thanks to a tackle from Walker Zimmerman, Gareth Bale fell into the penalty area in the 80th minute, winning a penalty kick that he converted into a goal to the left of Turner in the 82nd minute.
This goal is the first for Wales in the World Cup since 1958, their only participation before that.
Bell is also the fourth player to score for Wales in the history of the World Cup.
In the 88th minute, Jordan Morris came to America, replacing Timothy Weah, who failed to complete the match due to injury.
The referee counted 9 minutes as substitute time in the second half, bringing the total extra time counted to 13 minutes.
In the 93rd minute, Surba Thomas replaced Harry Wilson in the ranks of Wales, followed by Joe Morell at the expense of Ethan Ampadu in the 95th minute.
The result left each team with one point, equally in second place, while England topped the group with a landslide victory over Iran, 6-2.
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