Wales hero Gareth Bale wasn’t the only one puzzled as to why nine minutes were added to his opening World Cup match with the USA. Wales were competing in their first World Cup final since 1958, but got off to a slow start.
Timothy Weah found the breakthrough for the United States with a well taken finish. Rob Page opted to switch things up at half time with Kieffer Moore taking over for Dan James at half time.
It turned out to be the turning point for Wales as they began to push for an equalizer. The 30-year-old came close on two occasions to bringing Wales back to level, but he failed to convert on either try.
It looked as though Wales weren’t going to be able to find the breakthrough until they were awarded a penalty. Bale emphatically converted the shot from the penalty spot, prompting wild celebrations among the thousands of Wales fans inside the stadium.
That equalizer came in the 82nd minute, but there were almost 20 more minutes left in the game after the referee added nine more at the end of the full 90. The decision left many puzzled, none more so than Bale who couldn’t. I don’t understand why so many things were added.
Bale was asked on ITV how he felt after the World Cup opener, to which he replied: “Yeah, a bit tired towards the end. I can’t believe nine minutes were added, I don’t know where that was.” He came from.
“But we have to dig deep for our country, we always do, and we keep going.”
England’s game against Iran saw a staggering 27 minutes of added time in the entire game. Many of the spectators throughout the day were also confused as to why so much time was added into the Wales game.
@AM9PP6 tweeted: “Why is there so much extra time in every game?”
@mrdanwalker wrote: “Where do the refs get all the extra time? These games go on forever.”
@NealGardner_ posted: “9 minutes of extra time!? Are all the clocks fucking broken in Qatar?”
@TubesSoccerAM said: “What the hell is going on with World Cup added time?”
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