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Wales coach on Bale: ‘He’s never let us down’

Bale, Wales’ all-time leading goalscorer, earned his side a point in their first World Cup appearance since 1958 with an 82nd-minute penalty.

Asked if Bale was going to take his own penalty after Walker Zimmerman’s foul, Page told ITV: “A million per cent. He’s never let us down. Again, that’s Bale’s story.”

Bale took the field for the first time since the end of September, but Page had no doubts about his ability to captain the team.

“No matter what he does at the club, he manages to pull on a Wales shirt and do things that surprise people,” Page said.

“It feels great to start the tournament like that personally, but we would have much preferred the three points,” Bale told ITV.

“It was a great team performance, especially in the second half when we showed real strength and determination to come back into the game. We are proud of that. We have something to build on and work on,” said the 108th-capped player and 39th goal scorer .

Wales face Iran on Friday before taking on England in their final Group B game on November 29.

At the beginning of the game, Timotejs Weah – the 1995 world best footballer and the son of the current president of Liberia, George Weah – was leading the US national team.

USA coach Greg Berhalter noted that Bale’s equalizer was a bitter pill for his team to swallow.

“You could see the collective disappointment when you walked into the locker room after the game. It didn’t look like the team was playing its first World Cup,” Berhalter said.

In the second match of Group B, England defeated Iran 6-2 on Monday.

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