Super sub Gareth Bale scored a 128th minute equaliser for Los Angeles FC in the MLS Cup final and getting into rhythm ahead of World Cup. The Welshman’s equaliser sent the game to penalty shoot-out which LAFC won 3-0.
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Super sub Bale
Los Angeles FC took on Philadelphia Union in the MLS Cup final. Gareth Bale started from the bench for LAFC after recovering from a leg injury. The game ended 2-2 at the end of 90 minutes and went to extra time. Bale came in as a substitute at the 97th minute. When it looked like the game was heading to penalty shoot-out Jack Elliot scored for Philadelphia at the 124th minute. LAFC had almost lost the game and suddenly out of nowhere Bale headed a goal and equalised at the 128th minute. The game went to penalty shoot-out and LAFC came out on top with 3-0 score line and won their first title.
“The reason why I came here was to try and help the club win the MLS Cup,” said Bale. “You can see how happy everybody is now, the fans, the city. It’s important for this club to go to the next level, and I think by winning this trophy, it shows that we are.”
“It’s a club really on the rise doing the right things and it’s an important trophy for us, especially the first one, first major trophy, and hopefully there’s more to come in the future.”
When asked about Bale’s equaliser, Steve Cherundolo said “Gareth being Gareth”. “He’s done it in training, he’s done it in the season,” he said. “When he’s feeling well and healthy he makes a difference in games.” Cherundolo added, “That’s why we bring him in for those moments. I wish he was 24.”
Returning to fitness right before World Cup
“I’m feeling better and better as time goes on, I’ve had a few setbacks and It’s been difficult mentally leading into the World Cup. For sure it’s been in the back of my mind to make sure I’m 100 per cent fit (for Qatar)”, Bale said.
Bale was out of action for two weeks after his leg injury. He returned back to the field during the MLS Cup final and scored an equaliser. Bale has worked hard to recover on time with World Cup around the corner. Wales squad for the World Cup will be announced by 9th November 2022. Gareth Bale will be leading his team at Qatar and looking to advance past group stage. Wales are in group B along with England, USA and Iran.