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World Cup 2022 scores, updates: U.S. allows late penalty, draws with Wales

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Christian Pulisic waited 1868 days and Tim Weah almost that long to hear the roar. They lived through the darkest five years in American football history for nights like Monday, for the opportunity to get the nation back on their feet, for the chance to get their whole lives up on the World Cup stage. They suffered, cast aside doubt, and persevered to feel the blast. At 10:36 p.m. here at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, they scored the goal that set it off – and for an hour it looked like they had beaten the U.S. men’s team in the first match of the 2022 World Cup.

But in the 82nd minute, Gareth Bale provoked a louder explosion. And the USMNT had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Wales.

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They were superior, while they were superior, for 45 minutes. They then retreated and tried to ride out the Welsh storm. They held it for 35 minutes. But as the pressure mounted, Walker Zimmerman fouled Bale in the penalty area. Bale converted from the penalty spot. And what could have been a dazzling, uplifting night turned raw.

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A draw is not catastrophic. He still leaves the US as the favorite to exit Group B. But the bottom line will be tinged with disappointment. And the pressure on England on Friday will be strong.

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Read the full review of the game here.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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