Gareth Bale reveals the key behind Wales’ comeback against USA

Gareth Bale has hailed the character he and his Wales team-mates showed in their 1-1 draw with the USA.

The Dragons’ first World Cup game in 64 years ended in a draw with Bale burying a late penalty after Kieffer Moore made a significant impact off the bench.

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Rob Page’s side were poor in the first half and fell behind to a Tim Weah strike, but Bale was keen to point out that Wales showed great determination.

“[It was] not a good first half, to be honest,” he told ITV. “They played really well and we played badly. But we spoke to the gaffer at half-time, changed a few things. The boys came out and fought and fought as we always do, we looked like we were going to win the game from the start of the second half.

“It’s a good point, we showed great character again like we did in 2021 in the EC. We’re going again.”

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Asked what was said at half-time, Bale replied: “Just a few tweaks… nothing I want to share too much about!

“We just had to regroup, do what good teams do and come back stronger and show our character like we always do.

“It’s always been me [that was going to take the penalty]. No doubt in my mind I feel I had to step up and I am happy to do so.

“It is unbelievable [to have scored at a World Cup] but I’d rather have three points to be honest.”

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