Wales smash Ukraine dream and validate ticket to Qatar

64 years later, they did. Under the Cardiff rain, Wales snatched the 13th and last European ticket for the 2022 World Cup this Sunday, to the detriment of Ukraine (1-0), who would have needed this little breath of fresh air. fresh air against the background of war against Russia in his country. After dismissing Austria (2-1) last March, while Zbirna won its side not far from the Welsh capital, Wednesday, in Scotland (3-1), the Dragons will therefore play the second World Cup of their history in Qatar at the end of the year, after that of 1958 in Sweden.

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With the typical teams lined up by the two coaches, Rob Page, who could count on the presence of Welsh stars Bale and Ramsey, and Oleksandr Petrakov, who relied on Zinchenko or even Yarmolenko on the Ukrainian side, the 22 players offered a nice spectacle in the Cardiff rain, combining intensity and scoring opportunities while remaining in a good state of mind. In the first act, despite great pressure from Zbirna on the locals, it was Wales who opened the scoring in this play-off final. Yarmolenko, wanting to return a free kick from Bale, deceived Bushchan to give the advantage to the Dragons at Cardiff City Stadium (1-0, 34th).

Hennessey, new Welsh hero, sickened the Zbirna

A hard blow for Ukraine, the British having been little dangerous during the first 45 minutes (8th, 45th + 2), and this while Hennessey had to work in front of Yaremchuk (12th), face-to-face, then Zinchenko (40th), not to mention a threatening scramble from Karavaev in the area (23rd). More enterprising on the return from the locker room and taking advantage of each counterattack, Wales then came close to breaking. But Ramsey opened his foot too much on a yet ideal service from Moore (49th), before making the wrong choice in the area (53rd).

Enough to give the Ukrainians extra motivation, gradually regaining control of the game… but coming up against an impassable Hennessey, both ahead of Tsygankov (55th) and Mykolenko (73rd) or even Dovbyk (84th). Especially since in the meantime, Johnson found Bushchan’s post before the latter made a masterful save in front of Bale (76th), while Yarmolenko stumbled on Davies at close range at the other end of the field in the stride (78th).

Bale can wait before hanging up his boots

The efforts of this brave but unfortunate Ukrainian selection were ultimately not enough to deceive the vigilance of the veteran Hennessey (35) touched by grace and protected by a heroic Welsh defense. Gareth Bale’s potential retirement will wait: Wales will be present at the 2022 World Cup. In Qatar, the Dragons will face England, the United States and Iran in Group B.

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