Gareth Bale led Wales to the World Cup for the first time since 1958. Ukraine’s hopes of bringing joy to its war-torn country were dashed by a 1-0 loss in Cardiff, England, on Sunday.
Bale’s free-kick found its way into the net behind Andriy Yarmolenko. It led to a 1-0 victory for Wales despite Ukraine controlling the game in soggy conditions at Cardiff City Stadium.
Ukraine’s national team made their nation proud on Wednesday when they beat Scotland 3-1 in their first competitive match since Russia’s invasion.
The Ukrainian team played exceptionally, despite immense pressure on them and their nation. I wish the Ukraine team much more to come in the future.
The Ukrainian anthem was applauded by all the passengers in the hockey stadium before the game, as it was when they played in Scotland weeks ago.
However, they paid a hefty price for not taking a chance and failing to take one moment of misfortune.
Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko found the net in just three minutes. However, he was deemed to have taken his free-kick too quickly after catching Hennessey off guard.
Hennessey then had to react quickly to prevent Roman Yaremchuk from scoring early. Viktor Tsygankov had a glorious chance, but he passed it up.
Bale had barely threatened the Ukrainian goal, but he has the talent to turn a match at any moment.
After nine successful years with Real Madrid, 32-year-old Marcelo had to say goodbye as he left the club. He picked up his fifth Champions League winner’s medal last weekend.
Gareth Bale has been playing better than ever for his country over the past few years, and now he’ll get two chances to win a World Cup Finals.
In the 34th minute, Yarmolenko deflected the ball past Georgiy Bachchan.
Ukraine refused to be beaten by their misfortune and was unlucky not to be given a penalty before the half when Joe Allen was inside the box and clipped Yarmolenko.
The pattern continued into the second half with Rob Page’s men pinned back inside their half.
Although the home side had plenty of chances to increase their lead on the counter, Ramsey fired wide; Johnson hit the post, and Bale had a tame effort saved by Bachchan.
As time expired in the first half, both sides still had chances. Hennessey saved Tsygkanov’s goal before Yaremchuk missed the rebound.
In the game’s dying moments, Ben Davies launched a challenge on Yarmolenko, but it was to no avail.
Ukraine’s day was summed up in the dying minutes of their game. Hennessey made an incredible save to keep his opponent from taking the lead with a long-distance header.
Wales are now unbeaten at home for the last four years, a reason for which is that when it comes to their rugby, the fans in Wales roar for them, especially at home, with a majority of 33,000.
The last time Wales was at a World Cup, the youngest goal scorer eliminated them in World Cup history.
Welsh players are doing amazingly well at the Euro 2016 tournament, making it to the semifinals in their first major tournament in 58 years.
We’ll allow them to make history again when they play England, USA, and Iran in Qatar next November.
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