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

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

In a rain-soaked play-off final in the Welsh capital, the visitors’ captain, Andriy Yarmolenko, headed into his own net in the 34th minute as he tried to block a free-kick from Gareth Bale.

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

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

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

Midfielder Aaron Ramsey, asked for his reaction by Sky Sports, replied: “Little old Wales in a World Cup.”

For some Ukraine fans, emotions were running high

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

They wrapped themselves in their nation’s flag, looking for hope in dark times.

Coming into the match, they were able to take confidence from Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Scotland at Hampden Park.

Despite having some decent chances, however, they were unable to find the net.

Former Wales defender Danny Gabbidon told Sky Sports that Ukraine “didn’t do an awful lot wrong”, adding that they “created chances but it just wasn’t going to be their night”.

Ukraine fans at the Cardiff City Stadium

Wales looked nervous and disorganised in the opening minutes of the game.

But they grew steadily into the contest, forcing a couple of corners as Bale and Aaron Ramsey probed for openings on the quick, wet surface.

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