Wales defeats Ukraine to qualify for 2022 FIFA World Cup

 

Wales' Gareth Bale (centre) celebrates with team-mates and staff after qualifying for the Qatar World Cup following victory in the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier play-off final match at Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff.

Wales qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar after defeating Ukraine 1-0 in their European qualifying playoff final at Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday.

The match had been originally scheduled for March but was postponed because of Russia's military operations in Ukraine which started on February 24.

Welsh captain Gareth Bale lined up a free-kick from 25 yards and Ukrainian captain Andriy Yarmolenko, while attempting to clear the ball, headed it into his own net past his goalkeeper in the 34th minute.

Wales had goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to thank as he made nine saves throughout the match to deny Ukraine. Ukraine had nine shots on target, the most by a team without scoring during a game in the 2022 European World Cup qualifying campaign. 

This will be Wales' first World Cup since 1958 and they will go into Group B together with England, the United States and Iran.

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