World Cup 2022: Bale saves Wales a point – journalist is held by Qatari security

USA v Wales: Group B - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Gareth Bale Right Winger of Wales and Los Angeles FC in action during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match betw ...

Gareth Bale celebrates the 1-1 with his penalty. Image: / imago images

World Cup 2022

The USA and Wales part with a draw in their first World Cup match in Qatar on Monday night. After a strong first half, coach Gregg Berhalter’s team went into the break with a 1-0 lead. In the second half, the Welsh caught up strongly. The American Walker Zimmermann jumped in the legs of Wales star Gareth Bale in the penalty area, after which Wales were awarded a penalty. Bale himself then scored the 1-1 in the 82nd minute.

The goals

1-0 Timothy Weah (36′)
1-1 Gareth Bale (82nd penalty)

The tweets of the game

The 24-year-old midfielder Weston McKennie caused particular enthusiasm, especially among the American fans. He had dyed part of his hair the American national colors red, white and blue.

For example, one Twitter user wrote “Weston McKennie your hair is a ‘mood'”.

Another Twitter user even thinks Weston McKennie’s hair is the best thing that’s happened in the entire World Cup.

Quote of the 90 minutes

“It’s the world championship of long stoppage times” – Claudia Neumann on nine extra minutes. Again and again there were long stoppage times on the second day of the World Cup. In the game between the USA and Wales, nine minutes were added at the end of the game.

Number of the game: 1958

Wales last played in a World Cup in 1958. However, things went really well for the Welsh at the last two European Championships: at the 2016 European Championship, the Welsh team surprisingly reached the semi-finals. In 2021 Wales reached the round of 16.

Oddity of the game

The US sports journalist Grant Wahl is in Qatar to report on the World Cup. For his role in the game between USA and Wales, he chose a special outfit: a t-shirt with a ball and a rainbow around the ball.

He was then held by security forces for 25 minutes, then sent a tweet with his picture. His cell phone was then taken away from him. The mobile phone was only returned to him half an hour later and he was allowed into the stadium with his T-shirt.

Supposedly they wanted to protect Wahl from fans in the stadium who could hardly take the T-shirt.

THE scene of the game

The scene of the game was there before kick-off. When ZDF commentator Claudia Neumann reports from the commentator seat and prepares the viewers for the next 90 minutes, her outfit becomes visible: a clear sign of human rights and equality.

Neumann wore a rainbow armband on her right arm and a black T-shirt with a rainbow-colored heart printed on it. You can find the whole message here.

What’s next for the teams

The USA continue against England on Friday. At Al-Bayt Stadium in Al-Khor, the two teams will meet at 8 p.m.

Wales play Iran at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium at 11am on Friday.

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