2022年世界盃:貝爾拯救美國後威爾士希望重演歷史

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2022年世界盃:貝爾拯救美國後威爾士希望重演歷史

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即使在不熟悉的領域,威爾士人也會覺得他們曾經來過這裡。

儘管他們自1958年以來就沒有登上過這個舞台,但當他們在卡塔爾策劃他們的前進道路時,威爾士可以從更近的歷史中尋找靈感。

威爾士已經有58年沒有參加過重大賽事了,自2016年以來,他們已經獲得了四次比賽中的三次資格。而其中最近的一次,即去年推遲的2020年歐洲杯,可以成為本屆世界盃的進展模板。

  • 無 貝爾在威爾士歷史性的點球之前 "沒有任何懷疑
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在阿塞拜疆的酷暑中,威爾士在2021年的第一場比賽沒有按計劃進行,他們在半場以1-0落後於瑞士,而瑞士的領先並不反映他們的優勢。

那次,基弗-摩爾的頭球為威爾士贏得了1-1的平局,並為第二場小組賽奠定了平台,在這場比賽中,他們轟掉了土耳其,向第二輪邁出了一大步。

周一晚上,在卡塔爾,出現了在巴庫開始的那場比賽的回聲。

威爾士隊在上半場被美國隊徹底擊敗,幸運的是在中場休息時以1-0落後,然後摩爾的上場讓他們發生了轉變。

貝爾,他們的隊長,歷史上的頭號射手和總編劇,然後用一個遲到的點球創造了另一個決定性的時刻。

威爾士已經64年沒有來過這裡了,但這仍然感覺像是他們以前看過的一部電影。

貝爾說:"這個進球正是我們需要的,"。

"誰進的球並不重要,它給了我們一個立足點,試圖去贏得比賽。我覺得我們在下半場踢得非常好。

"就個人而言,獲得進球很好,但最重要的是球隊進球了。我們只需要保持這種勢頭,恢復並再次出發。"

這個後世的貝爾已經不是十年前那個無所不能的邊鋒了,但他仍然是一個比賽的贏家,33歲的他現在必須選擇自己的時刻;正如佩奇在賽後所說的 "明智 "和 "聰明"。

貝爾仍然有能力讓歲月倒流,並創造出具有復古品質的表演,就像他在2020年歐洲杯上對土耳其的上述勝利那樣。

貝爾、摩爾和威爾士的其他球員在對瑞士的那場比賽中進行了調整,熬過了衝擊,並將自己置於擊敗土耳其的位置,將他們帶到了淘汰賽階段的邊緣。

在周一晚上對陣美國隊的比賽中,這些球員幫助確保威爾士完成了重複這一技巧的第一部分。

在第一場比賽打平之後,現在他們需要在周五擊敗伊朗,以類似的方式向世界盃第二輪邁進。

"已經吸取了教訓,"佩奇說。"重要的是我們沒有輸掉比賽。

"我們在那裡有一些疲憊的身體,所以我們必須讓球隊在周五準備好再次出發。

"我們的好處是,如果你看看現在的板凳,我們有布倫南[約翰遜]在英超踢球,他上場並產生了影響,基弗上場並產生了影響。

"我們有深度的力量。我可以從我的肩膀上看向替補席,我們已經有了可以上場並對比賽產生真正影響的球員。"

在2020年歐洲杯上,儘管威爾士在小組賽最後一場比賽中輸給了意大利,但他們還是進入了16強,而意大利最終贏得了比賽。

他們將在下周二與英格蘭隊的比賽中結束本屆世界盃的小組賽。

就他們自己的命運而言,威爾士會很高興能重現2020年歐洲杯的情景。只是,這種善意可能不會延伸到希望他們的最後一個小組對手再次舉起獎盃。

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Last updated on .From the section Wales

Even in unfamiliar territory, Wales will feel like they have been here before.

And although they had not graced this stage since 1958, Wales can turn to more recent history for inspiration as they plot their way forward in Qatar.

Having been absent from major tournaments for 58 years, Wales have qualified for three out of four since 2016. And it is the most recent of those, last year's delayed Euro 2020, which could form the template for progress at this World Cup. • None Bale had 'no doubts' before historic Wales penalty • None Pick your Wales side to face Iran in the World Cup

In the sweltering heat of Azerbaijan, Wales' first match in 2021 was not going to plan as they trailed 1-0 at half-time against Switzerland, whose lead was no reflection of their dominance.

On that occasion Kieffer Moore's header earned Wales a 1-1 draw and set the platform for the second group game in which they blew Turkey away to take a huge stride towards the second round.

In Qatar on Monday night, there were echoes of that campaign's beginning in Baku.

Wales were thoroughly outplayed by the USA in the first half and fortunate only to be 1-0 down at the break, before Moore's introduction transformed them.

Bale, their captain, all-time leading scorer and scriptwriter in chief, then conjured yet another decisive moment with a late penalty.

Wales had not been here for 64 years and yet still this felt like a film they had seen before.

"The goal was exactly what we needed," said Bale.

"It didn't matter who scored it and it gave us a foothold to try and go and win it. I felt that we played very well in the second half.

"Personally, it was great to get the goal but the most important thing was that the team scored. We just need to keep the momentum going, recover and go again."

This latter-era Bale is not the all-action winger of a decade ago but he is still a matchwinner, who at 33 years old now has to choose his moments; "wise" and "intelligent" as Page said after the game.

Bale is still capable of rolling back the years and producing performances of vintage quality, as he did for the aforementioned victory over Turkey at Euro 2020.

Bale, Moore and the rest of Wales' players adapted during that match against Switzerland, survived the onslaught and put themselves in a position where beating Turkey took them to the cusp of the knockout stages.

On Monday night against the USA, those same players helped ensure that Wales completed the first part of repeating the trick.

After a draw first up, now they need beat Iran on Friday to take a similar stride towards the second round of the World Cup.

"Lessons have been learned," said Page. "It was important we didn't lose the game.

"We've got some tired bodies in there so we've got to get a team ready to go again on Friday.

"The good thing we've got, if you look on the bench now, we've got Brennan [Johnson] playing in the Premier League, he came on and made an impact, Kieffer came on and made an impact.

"We have strength in depth. I can look over my shoulder to the bench and we've got players who can come on and have a real impact on games."

At Euro 2020, Wales reached the round of 16 despite losing their final group game to Italy, who went on to win the tournament.

They conclude their group stage at this World Cup with a match against England next Tuesday.

Where their own fate is concerned, Wales would be glad for a repeat of Euro 2020. It might just be that the goodwill does not extend to wishing that their final group opponents go on to lift the trophy again.

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