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Gareth Bale scored Wales’ first World Cup goal in 64 years to salvage a point with the USA to kick off their campaign in Qatar.

USA took the lead after 35 minutes through Timothy Weah, but captain Bale won and converted a penalty 80 minutes from time, in a game of few chances for either side.

Wales started their first Worl Cup game since 1958 in tentative fashion but in the tenth minute the game burst into life.

Joe Rodon almost putting through his own net for Wales; his reaction header coming back off of Wayne Hennessey.

Moments later Norwich striker Josh Sargent, something of surprise inclusion in the starting eleven, saw his driven shot saved by the feet of the Welsh keeper.

Wales had failed to get any grip on the game in the opening exchanges and the exuberant USA team took full advantage just after the half hour mark.

Christian Pulisic carved open the Wales defence before his slide rule pass found the electric Timothy Weah who stabbed the ball under the advancing Hennessey.

It took Wales until the hour mark to begin to impose themselves on the game.

On 64 minutes Ben Davies saw his diving header palmed over the top by Matt Truner and from resulting corner sub Keiffer Moore’s glancing header sailed just over the bar.

Rob Page’s men were going through the gears in the second half after their placid first half showing and were rewarded with 10 minutes remaining. Captain Gareth Bale was hacked down in the box and Qatari referee Abdulrahman A-Jassim awarded a penalty.

LAFC Bale stepped up and emphatically finished from the spot against the country in which he plays his club football, to pull the Red Dragons level.

Wales looked more likely to snatch a late winner but neither side could force the breakthrough in the closing stages.