Bale hails 'greatest result' as Wales deny Ukraine World Cup dream

5/6/2022 11:41:00 PM

Bale hails 'greatest result' as Wales deny Ukraine World Cup dream

Bale hails 'greatest result' as Wales deny Ukraine World Cup dream

CARDIFF: Gareth Bale hailed Wales\u0027 qualification for a first World Cup since 1958 as the greatest result in their history after a 1-0 win over Ukraine in Cardiff cruelly denied the war-torn nation a place in Qatar. Bale\u0027s free-kick, which was turned into his own net by Ukrainian captain Andriy Yarmolenko,

LinkedIn CARDIFF: Gareth Bale hailed Wales' qualification for a first World Cup since 1958 as the greatest result in their history after a 1-0 win over Ukraine in Cardiff cruelly denied the war-torn nation a place in Qatar.LinkedIn Captain Gareth Bale said Wales are desperate to qualify for their first World Cup finals appearance in 64 years when they take on Ukraine in Sunday's playoff match at the Cardiff City Stadium.LinkedIn CARDIFF : Wales manager Rob Page believes his team’s talisman Gareth Bale will be ready for Sunday’s World Cup playoff against Ukraine after sitting out last Wednesday’s Nations League clash in Poland.LinkedIn CARDIFF : Wales manager Rob Page believes his team’s talisman Gareth Bale will be ready for Sunday’s World Cup playoff against Ukraine after sitting out last Wednesday’s Nations League clash in Poland.

Bale's free-kick, which was turned into his own net by Ukrainian captain Andriy Yarmolenko, separated the sides despite the visitors dominating the game at the Cardiff City Stadium."The result is the greatest result in history of Welsh football," said Bale, who previously led his country to the semi-finals of Euro 2016."It's a big game."It's what dreams are made of.“It was always part of the plan coming in."I'm speechless because we're so happy.Obviously, we played in a semi-final of a European Championship" in 2016, Bale, who sat out Wales' 2-1 Nations League defeat to Poland, told reporters on Saturday.We did it for all our amazing fans in the country.He’s (Bale) got a plan in place, and he didn’t want to veer away from that,” Page told a news conference on Saturday.

Words can't describe our feelings at the moment.I think there's no hiding it.Bale has battled with injury again this season and had limited playing time at Real Madrid." Ukraine made a nation proud in beating Scotland 3-1 on Wednesday in their first competitive clash since Russia's invasion.Oleksandr Petrakov's men deserved much more from another exceptionally composed performance under the strain of carrying the hopes of a people devastated by Russian aggression."So this is a stepping stone that all of us want to take to play on the biggest level."I think we did everything we could, but I really want the people in Ukraine to remember our team, our efforts," said Petrakov.” Page will also welcome back the likes of Ben Davies and Aaron Ramsey for what will be a tough encounter with a place in the tournament Qatar at stake, with their opponents riding a wave of support amid Russia's invasion of their country."I want to say sorry we didn't score but this is sport." Most neutral viewers will likely be supporting Ukraine in the wake of Russia's invasion of their country, which Moscow calls a"special military operation.“I thought they gave a great account of themselves against Scotland,” Page said of the opposition.

" The Ukrainian national anthem was applauded by all sides of the stadium before the game and, just as on their trip to Scotland in midweek, the visitors were inspired rather than inhibited by the pressure put upon them.However, they were made to pay for some wayward finishing, one moment of misfortune and a heroic goalkeeping performance from Wayne Hennessey, who made nine saves." "Everyone in the world feels for Ukraine," Bale said.They’re there for a reason, they’re a good outfit."We gave everything today, we left everything on the pitch," said Ukraine midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko."The keeper from Wales did an unbelievable job.We understand what it will do for Ukraine, but we want to get to the World Cup.He's definitely man of the match with his incredible saves.“We’re all excited.“We’re all excited.

" BIG GAME BALE Wales had barely threatened the Ukrainian goal in the first half, but in Bale have a star capable of changing the course of matches in an instant.It is coming from our country and hearts as we want to deliver for our own fans.The 32-year-old is without a club having brought down the curtain on nine years at Real Madrid by picking up a fifth Champions League winner's medal last weekend.Bale has reserved his best for international duty in recent years and will now get the chance to add a World Cup to a glorious career.21 to Dec.(Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Hugh Lawson) Source: Reuters.His free-kick on 34 minutes was headed off target until Yarmolenko tried to head it to safety and only succeeded in deflecting the ball past the helpless Georgiy Bushchan."In big matches he delivered for us," said Wales manager Rob Page.Source: Reuters.

"He did it against Austria (in the play-off semi-final) with two goals and he's done it tonight with a free-kick.Somebody with that quality, he always poses a threat." Ukraine refused to be crushed by that misfortune and were unlucky not to be given a penalty before half-time when Yarmolenko was clipped by Joe Allen inside the box.The pattern continued into the second half as Rob Page's men were pinned back inside their own half.But the home side did have big chances of their own to double their advantage on the counter-attack when Aaron Ramsey steered wide, Brennan Johnson hit the post and Bale shot meekly into the arms of Bushchan.

At the other end, chances continued to come and go as Viktor Tsygkanov's effort was saved by Hennessey before Yaremchuk put the rebound wide.A last-ditch challenge from Ben Davies then prevented Yarmolenko the shot at redemption.Ukraine's day was summed up five minutes from time when Hennessey produced an incredible save to prevent substitute Artem Dovbyk's header finding the top corner.But Wales are now unbeaten in 19 home games stretching back nearly four years for a reason as they were roared home by the majority of the 33,000 crowd.Page's men will face England, USA and Iran in the group stages in November.

Source: AFP.

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