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Gareth Bale’s late penalty capped an improved second half display from Wales to rescue a 1-1 draw with USA.

Bale smashed the penalty into the top corner in the 80th minute, following a reckless Walker Zimmerman challenge, to send the throng of Wales supporters behind the goal into delirium.

Kieffer Moore’s introduction at half time turned the game around and provided a focal point for Wales.

USA dominated the first half playing with pace, energy and aggression. Rob Page’s team were never given time to settle or build meaningful possession. Every time the ball was at their feet an American was in their face or nipping at their heels.

The pressure told on the 36th minute when Christian Pulisic released a pass into the path of Timothy Weah who finished neatly.

Where the USA’s exuberance brought confidence in the first half, there was an air of apprehension in the second. Pressure from Wales led to panicked clearances and sloppy passes.

In the 65th minute Moore beat Ben Turner to an in-swinging corner but was unable to keep his header down with the goal gaping. It looked like that would be costly until Bale came to the rescue late on.

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