Watch: The incredible anthem as Wales returned to the World Cup after 64 years
Wales’ fans were in good voice as the Welsh national anthem was sung at a World Cup for the first time.
Despite only around Wales 3,000 fans being in the stadium, they filled the Al Rayyan Stadium with the sound of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau.
At the 1958 World Cup, Wales sang God Save the Queen rather than their own anthem.
Wales marked their return to the World Cup after a 64-year hiatus by taking on the United States in their first Group B match.
Well that was special 🏴pic.twitter.com/9yP8h30Svu
— Welsh Fan Zone TV 🏴 (@WelshFanZoneTV) November 21, 2022
Even the US’ supporters were appreciative of the anthem, with Athletic journalist Sam Stejskal who posted the footage saying “Sport is a gift”.
The ‘Soccer Support’ Twitter account responded saying: “They absolutely destroyed the passion battle. They look a lot more emotionally ready to play.”
Crikey, the Welsh can bang out an anthem. Goosebumps.
— Gary Lineker 💙💛 (@GaryLineker) November 21, 2022
Wales showed only two changes from the play-off final winning side in June.
Joe Allen and Kieffer Moore were absentees from the side that had started the 1-0 victory against Ukraine.
Swansea midfielder Allen had failed to recover from hamstring damage sustained in September, leading to Ethan Ampadu being pushed forward from his defensive station.
Chris Mepham moved into a three-man central defence as Harry Wilson replaced Moore.
Skipper Gareth Bale made his 109th appearance to move level with Chris Gunter, who was among the substitutes, as Wales’ most capped men’s player.
USA injury doubts Weston McKennie and Sergino Dest were both passed fit to start.
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