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World Cup highlights United States settles for draw with Wales in opener

Christian Pulisic and the U.S. men settled for a draw Monday against Qatar. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

If the inexperienced Americans were nervous for their opening World Cup game against Wales on Monday in Qatar, they didn’t show it in the first half as they built a one-goal lead. But Gareth Bale’s penalty kick goal in the 82nd minute salvaged a 1-1 draw for the Dragons and left both sides with only a point in the Group B standings.

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Goff from Qatar: Young USMNT proves it belongs in World Cup draw with Wales

After a couple of early close calls, Tim Weah scored first for the United States in the 36th minute. But Wales looked like a different team after halftime, and the Americans settled for a point entering Friday’s game against England.

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Highlights: Saudi Arabia stunned Argentina to open a day that also included defending champion France rolling to a win and a pair of draws from Denmark-Tunisia and Mexico-Poland. Here are seven more matches in World Cup history when the underdog beat the odds for a memorable and stunning upset.

USMNT: In their return to the World Cup, the young Americans settled for a 1-1 draw against Wales in their Group B opener. The U.S. men’s national team will face a taller task Friday against Group B favorite England, which demolished Iran, 6-2, earlier Monday.

Qatar controversy: Soccer fans wearing the rainbow, a symbol of LGBTQ inclusivity, have said they were refused entry into World Cup stadiums and confronted by members of the public to remove the emblem.

Groups guide: The U.S. men’s national soccer team, led by Coach Gregg Berhalter and star forward Christian Pulisic, qualified for the 2022 World Cup, an improvement from its disastrous and unsuccessful 2018 campaign. Here’s a close look at how all of the teams in each group stack up.