Wales have qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time in 64 years after beating Ukraine 1-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Against the run of play, Ukraine captain Andriy Yarmolenko headed Gareth Bale’s powerful free-kick from the corner of the penalty area into his own net in what turned out to be the decisive moment of the game.
The match the became very intense with Yarmalenko’s penalty shout, Wayne Hennessey impressive saves, Aaron Ramsey miss chance and Breenan Johnson’s chance.
Ukraine will wonder how they didn’t equalise with two chances in the dying minutes. Ben Davies last man clearance and Wayne Hennessey one hand save was enough to qualify Wales for the World Cup.
Bale’s reaction to qualification
Bale had told a Sky Sports reporter who ask him post-match whether Sunday’s game was the ‘greatest of his life’, to which he responded: “Yeah! The result is the greatest result in the history of Welsh football, we’re all so ecstatic. The fans are together, it’s a delight, and we’re going to a World Cup.
“[It means] everything, it’s what dreams are made of, it’s what we’ve been working for since we first came here.
“I’m speechless because we’re so happy. We did it for all these amazing fans in our country, words don’t describe how we’re feeling at the moment.
“[The game] was difficult. I haven’t done too much over the last four weeks because of my back spasm which everyone knows about. I was just happy to get through the game and contribute in whatever way I could. The most important thing like I said was to get through to the World Cup.”