It was a dramatic first game in the World Cup for Wales as they played their first world tournament meeting in 64 years.
Talisman Gareth Bale salvaged a 1-1 draw for the Dragons with a late penalty after American winger Timothy Weah gave Gregg Berhalter’s side a well-deserved lead.
Weah and man of the match Kieffer Moore, a Wales substitute at half time, were among the standout players, while centre-backs Walker Zimmerman, who gave away the penalty kick, and Wales’ Joe Rodon struggled.
Down, sports mailKieran Gill runs the rule on the two sides and gives his opinion on the ratings of the players in Qatar.
Wales salvaged a 1-1 draw against the United States in their World Cup opener on Monday night.
Halftime substitute Kieffer Moore (right) was man of the match after a brilliant performance. Sportsmail then runs the rule on both sides and gives our opinion on the player’s ratings.
Goalkeeper: Wayne Hennessey 6
Reactive save to deny his own defender’s header and can’t blame him for conceding Weah’s lone shot on goal for the US.
Right-back: Connor Roberts 6.5
With the US dominating the ball, Roberts was limited to take the lead before halftime. He finally pushed up in the second half.
Right Center Back: Chris Mepham 6.5
The Bournemouth defender tried to track down Pulisic, easier said than done, and a further foul on the US winger saw him booked.
Central Defender: Joe Rodon 6
He was saved from the embarrassment of an early own goal by Hennessey, but Rodon was carried off the baseline as Weah scored.
Joe Rodon nearly scores an own goal early and was taken out of position when Tim Weah scored
Left Center Back: Ben Davies 6.5
Davies and Williams were very busy with the tricky Weah. The bullet header came very close to being the equalizer for Wales.
Left back: Neco Williams 6
He lost Weah to his inside run as Wales fell behind with a well worked goal. Like Roberts, he was largely restricted from moving forward.
Defensive midfielder: Ethan Ampadu 7.5
Wales’ deepest midfielder, there to do the dirty work in front of the back three. Thankless work, that, but he played the part of it here.
Midfielder: Aarat Ramsey 6.5
Ramsey is neat and technically gifted and he finally showed it in the second half after growing in this game.
It did not seem that it was going to be the night of the Welsh magician but he won and converted a penalty
Midfielder: Harry Wilson 6
One of Fulham’s four starters here. Wilson slipped into midfield and was livelier once Wales began to see the ball.
Forward: Dan James 6
Page’s turnaround saw James sacrificed at half time and it was Moore’s introduction that turned this game on its head.
Forward: Gareth Bale 7
It didn’t look like it was going to be the Welsh wizard’s night, then he won a penalty and scored himself. The hero again!
Target Moore was outstanding after coming in and intimidating the US defense (right)
Kieffer Moore (for Santiago 45) – 8
Brennan Johnson (for Williams 79)
Sorba Thomas (for Wilson 90)
Joe Morrell (for Ampadu 90)
Manager: Robert Page 7
He will take Wales’ first World Cup point since 1958 after their slow start, with Moore’s half-time introduction by the manager turning the game around.
United States (4-3-3)
Goalkeeper: Matt Turner 6
He had no save in the first half, but Arsenal’s substitute goalkeeper couldn’t stop Bale from burying his penalty.
Right back: Sergino Dest 6
The right-back sent a shot so high and wide that it landed in Dubai. Wales did not sufficiently test Dest defensively before he was substituted.
Central Defender: Walker Zimmermann 5.5
Sorry, Walker, you can’t pounce from behind. The Nashville centre-back claimed he didn’t foul Bale, but he did.
Central Defender: Tim Ream 6
The Fulham centre-back initially had it easy against Bale and company, but went to work in the second half.
Center midfielder Walker Zimmerman didn’t need to slide over Gareth Bale and concede a penalty kick
Left back: Antonee Robinson 6
The Fulham left-back stepped up to produce taunting crosses, but once Wales woke up they were locked in their own half.
Defensive Midfield: Tyler Adams 7.5
One of the best Premier League distance coverrs for Leeds and never stopped here. Solo professional performance in the heart of the US midfield.
Midfielder: Yunus Musah 7
At 19, Musah became the youngest American to start a World Cup match. Forward runs from midfield were threatening.
Midfielder: Weston McKennie 6
The Juventus midfielder’s early yellow card was a concern, especially given aggressive pressure from the USA. He was replaced as Wales began to assert themselves.
Right winger: Christian Pulisic 7
The Chelsea winger was gaining good spaces and the pass from behind for the US opener was perfectly weighted.
Lille striker Timothy Weah was a constant threat and a fine run and finish led to the first goal.
Left winger: Timothy Weah 7.5
The Lille striker was a constant threat coming down the right and some good running and finishing gave the US their well-deserved lead.
Forward: Josh Sargent 6
He led the line and the woodwork prevented the Norwich striker from opening the scoring, which was his only eye for goal.
Brenden Aaronson (by McKennie 66) – 6
DeAndre Yedlin (for Destiny 75) – 6
Kellyn Acosta (by Musah 75) – 6
Haji Wright (for Sargent 75) – 6
Shaquell Moore (for Weah 88)
Manager: Gregg Berhalter 6.5
The United States was winning the tactical battle and took a deserved lead through Weah. But he struggled to live with Wales after half time.
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim 6
The Qatari referee was happy with the cards throughout, but congratulations on making the great decision to award Wales their penalty.