“This team never gives up”

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Wales captain Gareth Bale has praised his side after their 2022 FIFA World Cup opener against the United States.

The Dragons took on the Stars and Stripes at Al Rayyan Stadium on Monday night (November 21). After dominating the ball for much of the first half hour, USA took the lead in the 36th minute when Timothy Weah brought the ball home from Christian Pulisic’s pass.

Wales improved in the second half and eventually netted their first FIFA World Cup goal in 64 years. Bale was brought down by Walker Zimmerman inside the box and sent the resulting penalty to make it 1-1 in the 82nd minute.

Neither team could find a winner in the final stages, but the former Real Madrid striker was pleased with the Dragons’ resilience and fighting spirit. Bale wrote on Twitter after the Group B game:

“This team never gives up! Great boys fight! We can’t wait for Friday!

This team never gives up! Big boys fight! We are looking forward to Friday! ❤️❤️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 #Fifa World Cup

This team never gives up! Big boys fight! We are looking forward to Friday! ❤️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 #Fifa World Cup

Then Wales take on Iran on Friday, November 25. The United States, meanwhile, will face group leaders England in the final game on the same day.

FIFA World Cup 2022: Matchday 2 review

Wales and the United States contested the late kick-off on Monday night, with two games played ahead of their clash on matchday two of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The first match saw England take on Iran in Group B. The Three Lions took a 3-0 half-time lead thanks to goals from Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling.

They added a fourth through Saka before Iran recovered a goal through Mehdi Taremi. Substitutes Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish then scored to make it 6-1 against England, with Taremi collecting a late consolation from the penalty spot.

The second match of the evening saw the Netherlands take on Senegal in the most anticipated game of Group A. A cautious contest saw the African champions create the best chances for much of the second half after the Orange dominated possession in the first 45 minutes.

However, it was Louis van Gaal’s side who took the lead in the 84th minute thanks to Cody Gakpo’s header from Frenkie de Jong’s fine cut pass. Substitute Davy Klaassen then scored the second goal for the Netherlands in injury time.

The Dutch side are now co-first in their group alongside Ecuador, who beat Qatar 2-0 in the opening game of the FIFA World Cup.

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By Peter Kavinsky

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