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Neco Williams dedicates Wales vs USA to late grand-father: From crying all day to start in a World Cup game was tough

FIFA World Cup 2022: Neco Williams was devastated after he lost his grand-father before Wales’ match against the United States of America (USA) at Al Rayyan Stadium.

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Neco Williams dedicates Wales vs USA FIFA WC match to late grand-father. Courtesy: AP
Neco Williams dedicates Wales vs USA FIFA WC match to late grand-father. Courtesy: AP

In Short

  • The match between Wales and USA finished at 1-1
  • Neco Williams got the news of his grandfather’s death from his mother
  • Williams dedicated the match to his loved one

By India Today Web Desk: Wales’ full-back Neco Williams was heartbroken after he got the news of his grandfather’s death from his mother. However, after spending the night ‘crying’, the 21-year-old was back on his feet and took part in his team’s first match of the FIFA World Cup 2022 against the United States of America (USA) on Tuesday, November 22 at Al Rayyan Stadium.

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Wales ended up drawing the match to open their points’ account in the multi-nation mega event in Qatar. Williams dedicated the match to his grandfather and lauded his teammates for backing him in the turbulent times.

Williams took to Twitter and wrote, “Yesterday was the toughest news I’ve ever had to face and that was listening to my mum tell me my granddad passed away last night to go from crying all day to start a World Cup game was extremely tough but I got through it from the support of my team mates and family. So I dedicate that game and an important point to him.”

Wales found themselves in early trouble after Timothy Weah gave the United States a crucial 1-0 lead in the first-half. However, the rub of the green went in Wales’ favour in the dying stages of the match. Gareth Bale converted a penalty in the 82nd minute and made sure that Wales evaded a defeat in their opening match.

Bale also became only the fourth player to score a goal for Wales in the World Cup after John Charles, Ivor Allchurch and Terry Medwin, who all scored a goal back in 1958.

Wales are next scheduled to lock horns with Iran, who lost to England 2-6, on Friday, November 25.