Brazil legend Pele congratulated United States ahead Timothy Weah for scoring a aim in his World Cup debut towards Wales on Monday.
Weah scored his aim within the thirty sixth minute after Christian Pulisic made an attacking run and fed the ahead a via cross into the 18-yard field. Weah took a shot with the surface of his proper foot on the primary contact, hitting the ball previous Welsh goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and into the online.
Weah posted on Instagram celebrating the aim and Pele congratulated the American ahead within the feedback part.
“Congratulations. It was a phenomenal aim,” Pele wrote. “Maintain dreaming, desires come true.”
Weah responded to Pele below the identical publish.
“Thanks Papa Pele,” Weah wrote. “It’s such a blessing and an honor to obtain such an inspiring message from The King himself. Thanks for all the things you’ve carried out for the world and for us younger black males. Grandes Abraços.”
Weah’s aim gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead earlier than halftime, however their opponents made changes to make an effort to equalize. A pricey mistake by defender Walker Zimmerman gave the Welsh a possibility to finish the match with out dropping any factors.
Zimmerman recklessly slid into Welsh star Gareth Bale contained in the 18-yard field, prompting the referee to award Wales with a penalty. Bale, then rocketed a left-footed penalty kick into the higher proper nook of the aim within the 82nd minute to tie the match. American goalkeeper Matt Turner acquired a hand on the ball, however Bale’s energy kick was an excessive amount of to deal with.
The 1-1 draw left the American squad with “blended feelings”, as Weah wrote on Instagram, however the ahead continued to say his aim was a “a dream come true.” The younger ahead is the son of George Weah, one of many best gamers of all-time. In 1995, George Weah was named the FIFA World Participant Participant of the Yr and received the Ballon d’Or — an annual award given to the world’s finest footballer.
The U.S. at present are tied for second place with Wales in Group B earlier than their matchup with England on Friday. England sit atop the desk after dismantling Iran 6-2 on Monday.