Yet it always felt like a goal was coming and Tim Weah ran onto a Christian Pulisic pass to put the US ahead 10 minutes before the break. Gareth Bale’s frustration got the better of him as he flew into a challenge on Yunus Musah and got a yellow card. This wasn’t what was in the script for Wales – a rethink is needed. ” Half Time: USA 1 – 0 Wales 45+4, The USA lead at the break. 45+3, Chris Mepham goes into the referee's notebook for pulling Christian Pulisic back.
Whatever was behind it, Wales really struggled for the opening half as they returned to the World Cup after 64 years away. There was an emotional anthem from the Red Wall ahead of kick off but their heroes looked jittery from the off. Giant striker Kieffer Moore who has scored some crucial goals for the Dragons over the last few years was surprisingly left on the bench. Maybe Page needed an extra man in midfield as he knew the USA would be fitter and more youthful in that area – but Gregg Berhalter’s men quickly got the upper hand anyway. Only a brilliant reflex save from Wayne Hennessey prevented an own goal from Joe Rodon early on while Josh Sargent planted a header against the outside of the post.
Weah then put the USA ahead after 35 minutes, getting onto a Christian Pulisic pass to put his side into the lead. Kick-off: 7pm UK time TV channel: ITV 1/ S4C Live stream: ITV Hub USA XI: Turner, Dest, Zimmerman, Adams, Robinson, Musah, McKennie, Pulisic, Ream, Weah, Sargent Wales XI: Hennessey; Mepham, Rodon, B Davies; Roberts, Ampadu, Ramsey, Wilson, N Williams; James, Bale Sign up to Sun Vegas now for a £10 bonus Follow ALL of the latest updates below... USA 1 – 0 Wales 63, Connor Roberts can perhaps count himself as lucky to not give away a free kick in a dangerous area for a tackle on Pulisic. It seemed as though the Chelsea winger got to the ball ahead of the Wales wing back but the referee waved play on.
Kieffer Moore has been introduced at Dan James' expense. Kieffer Moore the saviour? SunSport's Jordan Davies' half time thoughts: He says: "45 minutes into their return to the football’s biggest showpiece and Wales look out of ideas already. Rob Page has made a mistake not starting Kieffer Moore up top to gain some control in attack, and it would be surprising if he doesn’t appear for the second half. The one thing Page would not have expected however is how impressive the Yanks have been on the ball, playing aggressive football and ultimately deserving of a half time lead.
It's almost half time and Wales haven't worked a shooting opportunity. He says: “They can’t say they weren’t warned. It was a matter of time and eventually the Americans do get in front. Terrific burst by Pulisic to draw three men to him and Williams makes the mistake of trying to track Weah’s run, rather than stepping up to play him offside. Still a glorious finish with the outside of his right foot as Hennessey came off his line.
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The second youngest squad at this World Cup are showing the Welsh how it is done. The question is, can they keep it up? ” Wales' struggles Gareth Bale and co had a first half to forget there. Wales just never got going and ended up retreating further and further into their own half as the USA took control of the game. Apart form being shown a harsh yellow card, Bale struggled to get involved in the contest. Wales will need their star man to step up in the second half if they're going to get back into this one. Martin Blackburn's half time thoughts SunSport’s Martin Blackburn in Qatar: He says: “Was it nerves on their big night – or did Rob Page pick the wrong team? Perhaps they decided that a draw was a good result after England’s thumping of Iran.
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The USA defender didn't have any complaints after he hauled Gareth Bale to the ground. Inside the stadium SunSport’s Martin Lipton in Qatar: He says: "I reckon every English and Welsh reporter in the media tribune called the key part of that half-time substitution. Maybe the popular guess was Wilson rather than James, although it was a coin toss which one would be hoicked. Pretty obvious what the new game-plan will be. But there’s no point in using Moore as a target man unless Wales can get runners in, around and beyond him.
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" USA 1 - 0 Wales 49, Moore's introduction has allowed Wales to play in a more direct style. They've struggled to play the ball through the thirds so perhaps this change of plan will beat fruit for Rob Page. 47, Wales almost win the ball high up the pitch as Bale attempts to pick Tyler Adams' pocket inside the USA's half of the pitch. Adams did just enough to keep possession and deny Wales the chance of an equaliser. Second Half: USA 1 - 0 Wales 46, We're back underway here at the Al-Rayyan Stadium. Rob Page has made one change during he interval.
USA vs Wales: Date, TV channel, live stream and kick off time for World Cup gameLive BlogWEAH TO GO Updated: 20:23, 21 Nov 2022USA have been dominant in the early stages against Wales at the World Cup and are AHEAD going into the second-half. Welsh captain Gareth Bale is leading the line in Al Rayyan, with Aaron Ramsey in midfield. However, they have been unable to combine in the early stages as Timothy Weah's cross to Josh Sargent saw the American strike the post with a header.
He was warned for his earlier foul on the American but now has his name taken. 45+2, USA enjoying another long spell of possession at the end of the half here. Rob Page has work to do during the interval. 45, There's going to be four minutes added on at the end of the half here. 43, Yunus Musah passes the ball straight to Ethan Ampadu in midfield but instead of making a positive movement forward, he turns back and plays safe.