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Wales 1-0 Ukraine: Andriy Yarmolenko’s unfortunate own goal sends Wales to World Cup

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Wales qualified for their first World Cup since 1958

 

 

Wales qualified for their first World Cup since 1958 after edging past brave Ukraine 1-0 courtesy of an unfortunate own goal from Andriy Yarmolenko.

Played in an emotional atmosphere in Cardiff, Yarmolenko’s header past his own goalkeeper from a Gareth Bale free-kick in the 34th minute proved the decisive moment.

Wales, usually so reliant on Bale and Aaron Ramsey, had their goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to thank. He wrote himself into Welsh football folklore with a performance of incredible defiance up against a Ukraine side that gave everything. The pick of his nine saves came late on when clawing away an Artem Dovbyk header that was heading for the top corner.

Such was his brilliance, Ukraine’s nine shots on target were the most by a team without scoring during a game in the 2022 European World Cup qualifying campaign.

It was a cruel way for Ukraine’s qualification effort to end with Olexandr Petrakov’s side, who beat Scotland in the playoff semi-final, again showing a level of football which would have certainly merited a place in November’s 32-team tournament.

Wales had their chances to wrap up the game too as Brennan Johnson rattled a post and Bale was denied by Georgiy Bushchan, but this was a performance all about their relentless rearguard which has now kept 12 clean sheets in their last 19 home internationals.

 

Gareth Bale celebrates his free-kick going in

 

Bale: It’s what dreams are made of

Wales captain Gareth Bale says:

“The result is the greatest result in the history of Welsh football. We’re ecstatic, we’re going to a World Cup.

“It’s what dreams are made of, it’s what we’ve been working towards since we first came here.

“I’m speechless, we’re so happy, we did it for all our amazing fans and words can’t describe how I’m feeling at the moment.

“It was a difficult game, I haven’t done so much over the last four weeks because of my back spasm, it was tough to get through the game but the most important thing was to get through.”

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