Wales 1-0 Ukraine: Player ratings as Dragons qualify for World Cup


Wales will play in a World Cup for the first time since 1958 after an Andriy Yarmolenko own goal gave them a 1-0 victory over Ukraine in the pair’s second-round qualification playoff on Sunday evening.

In a thoroughly entertaining and emotionally-charged contest, Ukraine peppered their opponents’ goal throughout and perhaps should have had a penalty. But in the end the neutrals’ favourites were thwarted by some determined defending and fantastic saves from Wayne Hennessey.

The only goal of the game came 11 minutes before the break with Yarmolenko heartbreakingly diverting the ball into his own net from a Gareth Bale free kick. Wales will be joined by England, USA and Iran in Group B at the World Cup later this year.

Ukraine had the ball in the back of the net with little over two minutes on the clock, but eccentric referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz disallowed the goal as Oleksandr Zinchenko took the free kick too quickly.

Roman Yaremchuk enjoyed the first clear sight of goal from open play, springing the Welsh offside trap and drawing a full-stretch save from Wayne Hennessey – who was busy in the opening exchanges.



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