Gareth Bale’s penalty rescues point for Wales in World Cup opener with USA

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? They were the unmistakable lyrics a dozen or so Wales supporters sang as they hopped off a metro escalator and descended on a stadium adjacent to a 500,000 sq metre shopping mall. A few days on from Cafu wishing Wales good luck wearing a tricolour bucket hat now synonymous with the nation, they are the kind of words that could have possibly been running through Gareth Bale’s mind after his penalty snatched a late draw on their first appearance at a World Cup finals tournament since 1958.

Bale spent almost the entire match on the fringes but he operates in his own divine way and, after taking a couple of deep breaths, blasted his spot-kick in with eight minutes to play to cancel out Timothy Weah’s fine first-half opener.

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