In the partially filled Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Al-Rayyan, spectators witnessed a lively and at times rough encounter between the USA and Wales. Gregg Berhalter’s team completely dominated in the first half. Led by superstar Gareth Bale, the Welsh seldom got anywhere near the opposition’s penalty area. Timothy Weah deservedly scored the opening goal for the United States in the 36th minute of the game.
The second half was a little different. Wales got into the game better and took the scepter in hand, the US boys tried to set targeted pinpricks by counterattacking. The Welsh only became really threatening from the penalty spot. Bale scored the deserved equalizer (82′). Before that, he was fouled in the penalty area. In the end, both teams parted in the first group game without a winner.