Gareth Bale pictured with a laptop during Wales’ bore draw with USA

Golf-mad Gareth Bale was spotted with a laptop in the stands during this clash and he will surely have found the Masters a lot more exciting.

But Wales caretaker Rob Page insisted he had no problem with the star potentially watching the golf instead.

There was precious little goalmouth action in Swansea with Tottenham ace Bale resting ahead of Wales’ last two Nations League games.

And it is doubtful how much Bale would have registered anyway with a laptop infront of him – coinciding with the first round from Augusta.

But Page, deputising for absent boss Ryan Giggs who is being investigated by police, responded: “I don’t know what the players not in the squad were up to.

“There are no problems at all.

Bale was sat on his laptop while keeping one eye on Wales vs USA
Bale was sat on his laptop while keeping one eye on Wales vs USA

“Bale is here, he has been brilliant all week.

“He was in the changing room before hand making sure everyone was in the right frame of mind.”

Record-scorer Bale will have to forsake the golf though when Wales host the Republic of Ireland on Sunday evening when the final round is scheduled.

Wales will need the on-loan ace back after just two shots on target at the Liberty Stadium.

Page, who made nine changes, insisted it was always part of the plan to rest Bale for Sunday.

He stressed: “Yeah absolutely. He is probably the fittest he has been.

“He has worked week in week out and we will benefit from that.

The fixture coincidentally clashed with The Masters golf tournament
The fixture coincidentally clashed with The Masters golf tournament

“It was always the plan to leave him out of the 23 and have him rearing to go and firing on Sunday.”

USA were playing their first game since the pandemic and the death of Floyd George under the knee of a police officer in Minneapolis.

The visitors’ stars wore tracksuits with ‘Be the change’ across them for the national anthem as each player had a different slogan on his back.

These included: ‘believe to achieve, for social justice, unite in truth, end racism, for social justice, peace and black lives matter’.

USA coach Greg Berhalter said: “I’m proud of how the players came together and thought long and hard about how they would stand up to social injustice.

“They came up with: ‘Be the change’.

“The guys really take this seriously and want the individual to take responsibility for making the change in society.

“It’s a great message and I was really proud of the guys in that moment.”

Wales went into the game 20th in the Fifa rankings with the USA two places below them and there was little to separate the two teams on the pitch either.

Wales had to wait until the 32nd minute to test Zack Steffen in the USA goal after Tom Lawrence tried a shot from distance after a cross-field ball by Kieffer Moore.

USA took until the 51st minute to stretch Danny Ward as Sebastian Lletget hammered a low right-foot hot across goal.

Wales debutant Brennan Johnson came off the bench and nearly made a big impact as he raced clear before firing in a low effort which Steffen saved.


Source: All Football

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