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Wales beat Ukraine in playoff to qualify for first World Cup final since 1958 | UK News

Wales have qualified for their first World Cup finals since 1958 after defeating Ukraine 1-0 at Cardiff City Stadium.

With 34 minutes played, the visitors broke through on the right after some poor defending. Andriy Yarmolenko made no mistake as he effortlessly slotted the equalizer home.

Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey made nine saves to deny his team’s Eastern European opponents.

The result means that Robert Page’s men will go to Group B for the tournament, starting in November in Qatar, alongside England, the United States and Iran.

Bale said the result was “what dreams are made of”.

He told Sky Sports: “The result is the greatest result in the history of Welsh football. We are ecstatic – we are going to a World Cup.

“I’m speechless. We’re so happy. We did it for all our great fans and words can not describe how I feel at the moment.”

Asked about his reaction, midfielder Aaron Ramsey replied: “Little old Wales in a World Cup, eh?”

He added: “To get to three big tournaments now, to finish it off with a World Cup, that’s something else.”

Wales defender Ben Davies said there was “a lot of emotion in the game – it was quite intense at times, but we stood up”.

Page said it was “unbelievable” and he was “so proud” of his team.

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For some Ukrainian fans, emotions were high

It was an emotional occasion for Ukrainian fans when they saw their team far from home, where the war against Russia continues.

They wrapped themselves in the flag of their people, in search of hope in dark times.

In the match, they gained the confidence of Wednesday 3-1 victory over Scotland at Hampden Park.

Despite a few decent chances, they could not find it.

Former Wales defender Danny Gabbidon told Sky Sports that Ukraine “did not do much wrong” and added that they “created opportunities, but it just would not be their night”.

Fans of Ukraine at Cardiff City Stadium

Wales looked nervous and disorganized in the first minutes of the match.

But they slowly grew into the game, forcing a few turns as Bale and Aaron Ramsey looked for openings on the fast, wet surface.

Wales beat Ukraine in playoff to qualify for first World Cup final since 1958 | UK News

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