Bale salvages draw for Wales against U.S. in World Cup qualifier
Wales captain Sam Warburton is looking to salvage his side’s World Cup qualifier with the USA from a loss to help his side qualify for next month’s competition.
16 July 2014
A victory at Huddersfield would see Wales reach a World Cup knockout stage, with an opportunity to reach the quarter-final for the first time since 1986.
However, the challenge in the game at Abertillery is to salvage a two-goal lead rather than concede another goal, and the pressure will be on for a Welsh side who are in the form of their lives.
“We have come off a tough game in the last weekend in the friendly versus Germany, and it’s difficult to bounce back from that,” added Warburton.
“We are not in as good a form as we were against Denmark, and we need to go out and show why we are the best nation in the world.
“There’s a lot to play for and these next two games are very important. We need a win, and a loss could put Wales in the same position as Germany, so we have to win them.
“With the likes of Harry Kane, Aaron Ramsey and James McCarthy, we have a very strong midfield, and if we can do it, we have a chance of getting out of this group.
“It has been very competitive in the last few weeks, and we have had to go through a very tough group and to survive is a result we are not going to regret.”
Wales will head to Northern Ireland on Sunday afternoon for a World Cup qualifying match against the Republic of Ireland – the same nation that beat Wales in May.
However, a victory away from home this weekend would move Wales into a semi-final position on the road to the competition, although a defeat could see them left behind.
“With the qualifiers, Scotland and Wales being our first away to the Republic of