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Gareth Bale: Moving Video Surfaces of Wales Captain Motivating His Teammates Before USA Draw in Qatar 2022
- Gareth Bale captained his side to a vital stalemate against the United States of America in Wales' first World Cup game since 1958
- Wales were destined for defeat until Bale won a penalty late on in the game, which he converted past Matt Turner in the American goal
- The former Real Madrid man was seen asking his teammates to keep playing, in one of the best acts of captaincy you will ever see
Gareth Bale has often given an impression of a footballer who doesn't care about his team. His much-publicised spat with Real Madrid, where he appeared to favour golfing, did little to help his case.
But one thing you cannot take away from Bale is his profound talent and ability to pop up with crucial goals at crucial times.
The best examples that come to mind are the 2018 Champions League final, where he came off the bench to bag a brace and win the 13th title for Real Madrid, his free kicks in Wales' run-up to their first World Cup since 1958 and more recently, a last-gasp equaliser for his current Los Angeles FC side in the Major League Soccer Playoffs.
That's the definition of a clutch player - one who always knows when to score.
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And he was at it again, when Wales finally made their bow at the World Cup on November 21 against the United States of America.
The USA dominated Rob Page's side and were it not for profligacy in front of the goal, they could have put the game to bed early on.
Timothy Weah gave the Stars and Stripes the lead in the first half, after a wonderful layoff from Christian Pulisic, Goal reported.
With Wales staring at an opening defeat in their World Cup return, their star man and captain showed up for them, winning a penalty which he duly converted as they grabbed a vital point, as Eurosport reported.
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But forget the goal - a new video has shown Bale motivating his teammates to keep going.
It is unclear in what minute it was, but fans on social media have deduced what the 33-year-old star was telling his teammates.
"Just keep running. I know its hard, but you've got to [expletive] do it."
And do it they did, with a precious point to savour as they prepare for other nerve-wracking fixtures against Iran and neighbours England.
Neco Williams' emotional debut
Sports Brief had earlier reported that playing in the World Cup is a very emotional moment for any player, but it took on added significance for Welsh defender Neco Williams.
The 21-year-old Nottingham Forest player was part of the Welsh team that took on the United States of America in a Group B clash.
While Williams looked emotional for much of the 79 minutes that he was on the field, it was after the final whistle that he broke down in tears.