American Kelyn Acosta is hailed by fans for his halfway lunge on Gareth Bale

American Kelyn Acosta is hailed by fans for his halfway lunge on Gareth Bale

‘One of the biggest tactical fouls of all time’: American Kelyn Acosta is hailed by fans for his halfway lunge on Gareth Bale which prevented the Wales star from getting one last chance to win their World Cup clash… with goalkeeper Matt Turner miles out of position

USA midfielder Kellyn Acosta has been praised for his ‘big’ tactical foul which prevented Gareth Bale from scoring a potential winner in their 1-1 draw with Wales.

It was in the ninth minute of stoppage time when goalkeeper Matt Turner came out of his net to avoid danger as they hoped to hold on to the point.

Arsenal’s replacement clearance, however, fell at the feet of former Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, who sought to pull the trigger.

USA midfielder Kellyn Acosta rushed to foul Wales star Gareth Bale halfway through

USA midfielder Kellyn Acosta rushed to foul Wales star Gareth Bale halfway through

His tackle deprived Bale of the chance to score a potential winner with Matt Turner out of goal

Up stepped up Acosta, to foul his LAFC team-mate as he rushed to deny the Wales star halfway through and prevent any chance of them suffering a defeat in their opener of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The Texas-born player received a yellow card, a small price to pay, when you think he could have lost in the final moments of the match.

Fans took to social media to praise the 27-year-old midfielder for his efforts to secure USA a game point.

One fan said: “One of the biggest tactical fouls of all time.

Acosta has been praised for his tackle on Bale, as fans claim it's the

Acosta has been praised for his tackle on Bale as fans claim it’s the ‘best tactical foul ever’

A second posted: “I would give him the ball for that tackle. Bale was going to score that 100%. I moaned audibly when he finally hit him haha.

A third simply agreed, saying, “Best tactical foul ever.”

Others were so full of praise that they claimed Acosta had made the “greatest play in American football history” and that it was a “justified” tactical foul.

One tweeted: “Literally the best game in American football history.”

While another added: “Crime against humanity but well justified”.

Gregg Berhalter’s side got off to a dominating start in their clash with Wales but failed to hang on in the end.

Timothy Weah, son of former FIFA Player of the Year and current Liberian President George Weah, scored after a 36th-minute pass from Christian Pulisic to break the deadlock for the Star and Stripes.

Walker Zimmerman beat Bale from behind with the Welsh star’s back on goal in the 82nd minute. Bale rose to dispatch from the penalty spot and earned Wales a 1-1 draw, although he could have helped them seal the victory had it not been for the tackle d ‘Acosta.

The United States will now face Group B favorites England in their next game on Friday night (7pm kick-off).

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