Even the game-turning penality, in Zimmerman’s estimation, was the result of some veteran savvy. He stated after the game that Bale did not cross his path. in As he was about to get rid of the ball, he was in the 18-yard box in He was in front of him. Bale, he said, had deliberately positioned his leg in order to draw the foul.

“I think it was one of those where he probably just puts his leg not for the ball but to try to get in the way of me hitting the ball,” Zimmerman, “Clever move. Wish I would have seen him out of the corner of my eye on trying to clear the ball. It was instinctive. It was quick. Little bit frustrated with that.”

They will need to quickly get their bearings back. They will face England, which beat Iran 6-2 to take the early lead in Group B on Friday night.

With Wales bunkered in Five defenders were deployed in front of the goal. The rest of team was close by. The Americans enjoyed two-thirds the possession. in In the first half, I spent most of my time moving the ball around, trying to find an opening, and waiting for the Welsh or to fall asleep.

Finally, the moment arrived. in 36 minutes. Pulisic, who received the ball on a run, surged through the Welsh defense, taking two defenders along with him. Weah was also running simultaneously from the wing toward the goal. Pulisic sent a perfectly balanced pass into the penalty box. Weah was unable to control his speed and stumbled into the goal.

Weah then moved away from the goal and slid to a corner flag where his teammates enveloped him. in celebration.

“It’s a great feeling,” Weah’s father George won a FIFA award. World PlYou can find more information atyer of the Year award and a Ballon d’Or but never appeared in a World Cup. “He’s living this moment through me.”