Bales trains with Wales team-mates as World Cup preparations continue

Wales kick off their first World Cup campaign in 64 years when they go head-to-head with USA in both nations’ Group B opener. Both teams will have their sights set on the knockout rounds and victory tonight would boost their chances of making it out of a group that also features England and Iran.

Wales will rely on the talents of captain Gareth Bale and experienced midfielder Aaron Ramsey as they hope to impress in Qatar. Both players are coming to the latter stages of their careers but still shine when playing for their country with Bale in particular a provider of magical moments for the Dragons.

This will be their biggest test yet as USA look to make their mark on football’s greatest stage. They’ve had encouraging World Cup campaigns before, reaching the last 16 in 2010 and 2014, but they failed to qualify for the 2018 edition in Russia and as such, they will be especially keen to stick around in Qatar.

Gregg Berhalter’s team is full of young, attacking talent with Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic their main attraction. He’s supplemented with Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams from Leeds as well as a host of talent from across Europe’s top five leagues. This is a challenging USA team and one with high hopes for their campaign.

Follow all the action from Wales vs United States with our live blog below, following the conclusion of Senegal vs Netherlands:

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USA 1-0 Wales

USA’s Timothy Weah celebrates after striking against Wales

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Alex Pattle21 November 2022 19:42

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USA 1-0 Wales

Timothy Weah pokes the ball home for USA to break the deadlock against Wales

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Alex Pattle21 November 2022 19:41

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Timothy Weah celebrates giving USA the lead against Wales at the World Cup

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Alex Pattle21 November 2022 19:40

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USA 1-0 Wales

39 mins: Now the onus is on Wales to make something happen.

Alex Pattle21 November 2022 19:39

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GOAL! USA 1-0 Wales (Weah, 36)

36 mins: USA BREAK THE DEADLOCK!

It’s a clever move through the middle, with Pulisic driving forward then slipping a through ball to Weah in the Wales box.

Weah evades a last-gasp challenge and stabs the ball past Hennessey, into the bottom corner with the outside of his boot!!

Alex Pattle21 November 2022 19:37

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34 mins: Mepham has strayed far from the Wales back line to make an unneccesary, barging challenge on Pulisic – one that results in a USA free kick.

Alex Pattle21 November 2022 19:34

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33 mins: USA are probing again, with Wales maintaining decent shape as their opponents switch the ball from side to side.

Alex Pattle21 November 2022 19:33

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Wales captain Gareth Bale (left) vies with USA skipper Christian Pulisic

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Alex Pattle21 November 2022 19:31

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30 mins: Minus his part in a decent move a few minutes ago, Ramsey has played like a man shy of minutes – which he has been for some time now.

Williams clips a pass out to the midfielder, who has run into space deep on the right in USA’s half, and Ramsey fails to control it.

USA come forward now, and Dest tries his luck with a long-range shot… which sails well over Hennessey’s crossbar.

Alex Pattle21 November 2022 19:30

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USA 0-0 Wales

27 mins: Now it’s Ampadu with a wayward pass as he seeks Bale out on the left wing.

The lofted ball drifts out of play for a USA throw-in.

Alex Pattle21 November 2022 19:28



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