Wales qualifies for FIFA World Cup 2022: after 64 years

Wales at the World Cup in Qatar, shattering Ukraine's dream
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Wales ended their 64-year wait for a place in the World Cup finals as they beat Ukraine 1-0 on Sunday to end the war-torn nation's hopes of reaching Qatar.

War-torn Ukraine dreamed of playing in the World Cup. But the team has burnt their foreheads forgetting themselves. Wales broke their hearts in an emotional match. This is the first time since 1958 that Gareth Balera has snatched a ticket to the FIFA World Cup.

Wales scored the winning goal in the first half of a dramatic match in Cardiff. In the 34th minute of the match. But that was Andrei Yarmolenko's suicide goal.

Gareth Bale's free-kick header saved the danger and the Ukrainian captain caught the ball in the net. The country at war with Russia could not take advantage of the opportunity to return to equality.

Wales can now look forward to competing in football’s most prestigious tournament in November. They will join England, the United States, and Iran in their group in Qatar.

This Ukrainian squad has been an inspiration while playing against the backdrop of Russia’s invasion of their nation.

They cheered on their ardent supporters in Cardiff, including 100 refugees granted free tickets by the Football Association of Wales. At the same time, home fans showed their gratitude for the away team with a heartfelt ovation before kick-off.

However, Wales’ slogan in the build-up to this game – as cold as it may have seemed – was that they needed to remove emotion from the situation and momentarily set their compassion aside.