SA vs Wales - LIVE!
Wales play their first World Cup finals fixture since 1958 as Group B continues at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan tonight. It has been a long 64 years, but now Gareth Bale and company are ready to make a major splash on football’s biggest stage after coming through that play-off against Ukraine. Few can forget their run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, while they also reached the knockout stages last summer.
But the United States are also eyeing qualification for the last-16, eager to make up for lost time after the pain of missing out on the 2018 tournament in Russia altogether. That was the first time they had missed the World Cup since 1986, though decent strides have since been made under head coach Gregg Berhalter.
Wales are missing Joe Allen for this evening’s opener, though captain Bale is ready to fire. The USA had doubts over the likes of Weston McKennie and Sergino Dest, but both are fit, while Tyler Adams has been chosen as captain ahead of Christian Pulisic. Follow USA vs Wales live below, with expert analysis from Malik Ouzia at the ground.
63:00 - Davies heads straight at Turner, who saves well. Either side of the Arsenal stopper and Wales are back in it.1669062044
59:00 - Roberts and Williams at wing-back are able to push up much higher now, allowing Bale and Moore to start winning knock-downs.
The game has changed.1669061778
Moore’s introduction has made a difference already. All of a sudden Tim Ream is having to go and get tight to someone and is being dragged around. He’s miles out of position and has to foul Bale.1669061403
48:00 - Moore has given them a much-needed focal point, with Wales earning a corner.
Wilson’s cross isn’t dealt with by Turner, though the US win a foul in the scramble.1669061253
46:00 - Kieffer Moore ON for Wales.
Surely there’s more to come in the second-half?1669061118
Female Wales supporters wearing rainbow bucket hats had them confiscated in Qatar ahead of the World Cup clash with the USA, according to fans.
Wales’ Rainbow Wall, a group of LGBTQ+ supporters, said male supporters wearing the hats were allowed to keep them but the items were taken from women.
Read the full story here!
Wales fans in the stands (Martin Rickett/PA)
Kieffer Moore staying out to warm-up at half-time.1669060612
Weah’s goal the difference so far, with Wales looking well off the pace in the first-half.1669059981
44:00 - Slight signs of life from Wales, with Ramsey winning a corner. From the resulting cross, Davies heads just wide.