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Bale and Co ended Ukraine’s dream of the World Cup and 64 years of waiting

11 Jun 2022 | 08:31 | Football

Ben Davies of Wales plays with Andriy Yarmolenko of Ukraine after the match. Photo: Reuters

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Ben Davies of Wales plays with Andriy Yarmolenko of Ukraine after the match. Photo: Reuters

Wales ended a 64 year wait to qualify for the World Cup final when they beat Ukraine 1-0 on Sunday to end the war-torn nation’s hopes of reaching Qatar. painting.

An own goal by Ukraine winger Andriy Yarmolenko, who headed Gareth Bale’s net into his own, decided the contest.

Wales’ Gareth Bale celebrates after qualifying for the World Cup. Photo: Reuters

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Wales’ Gareth Bale celebrates after qualifying for the World Cup. Photo: Reuters

Despite the noisy and frenetic atmosphere, Ukraine took the lead from the start and Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was busy in the first half making three crucial saves to keep the lead.

That was in stark contrast to the play then when Wales took the lead in the 34th minute, Bale hit a low free-kick from 25 yards and crouched, Yarmolenko’s clear header effort into the net. through the helplessness of Georgiy Bushchan.

Aaron Ramsey missed a great opportunity to double the lead for Wales after the break, with his foot from a great position and then Neco Williams with a low shot that hit the post.

But Wales, who last appeared in the 1958 World Cup final. Henessey had to thank again when he saved a brilliant header from substitute Artem Dovbyk, six minutes into the match. .

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