Ended ! Wales qualified for the World Cup!
The Dragons put an end to the Ukrainian dream and will play the World Cup in Qatar, 68 years after their first and only participation! In a very open meeting where Ukraine had many opportunities, Wales can thank their goalkeeper Hennessey and their captain Bale, author of the decisive free kick in the first period. He takes his teammates to the World Cup, where they will face England, the United States and Iran.
The entrant is penalized for a delayed charge on Ampadu.
Last change for Wales
Williams is replaced by Norrington-Davies for the last seconds of play.
The Ukrainian captain manages this time to open his way to the goal but his attempt flies over the goal!
Served in a good position in the area, Yarmolenko tries twice but he is each time countered by Welshmen who are still just as courageous.
5 minutes of additional time!
Ukraine still has time to snatch an extension!
The Ukrainian midfielder takes his chance in front of the box but his shot ends up directly in the stands, much to the relief of the Cardiff public.
Mykolenko lands a dry shot
After a new hot ball, the ball returns to the left side, whose shot on target is still captured by the Welsh goalkeeper.
Wilson finds the wall
The entrant takes his chance directly on a free kick. He wins a corner and precious seconds.
The flight of Hennessey!
What a parry left hand from the Welsh goalkeeper in front of Dovbyk’s uncrossed head! The following corner gives nothing, the Dragons are not very far away…
Bale received a standing ovation
The Welsh captain walks off the pitch to Cardiff’s cheers. He gives up his place to Wilson and his armband to Ramsey.
Sydorchuk solicits Hennessey
New stop for the Dragons goalkeeper, on the trajectory of a long shot from the incoming. Wales are still holding their qualification.
Double change for Ukraine
Yaremchuk and Tsygankov are replaced by Dovbyk and Mudryk.
Yarmolenko misses the equalizer
The meeting settles! Yarmolenko in turn gets an opportunity but he stumbles on the Welsh defense in the box. Karavaev then sees his head go just wide.
Huge double opportunity for the Welsh!
Upon receiving a center at the far post, Johnson hits on the left post! In the aftermath, Bale is served in an ideal position but his shot from the left is pushed back by the huge intervention of Bushchan! Ukraine is still in the game.
The incoming shot from distance goes well over the opposing goal.
James leaves his partners
Change also for Wales. James gives way to Johnson.
The Ukrainian coach makes a double change 20 minutes from the end of regulation time. Malinovskyi and Stepanenko are replaced by Shaparenko and Sydorchuk.
Served on the right of the surface after a superb call in the back of the defense, Zinchenko misses his center, which goes directly out of goal.
Ukraine revolves around
The visitors have not let go of the ball for a few minutes and are concentrating their game around the opposing area. The Welsh unite to hold their advantage.
Without a solution, Malinovskyi takes his chance from the left in front of the surface. Despite the small rebound which deceives Hennessey, the ball falls a few centimeters from the right post.
Superb transmission from Ramsey to James, who sees his shot blocked. Bushchan is vigilant behind and slams the ball for a corner.
Tsygankov too short
The left midfielder goes deep but Malinovskyi’s transmission is too powerful. Ukraine is not giving up.
Already 11 shots for Ukraine
Including 5 framed. Only 5 shots and 1 on target for the Welsh.
What a save from Hennessey!
Mykolenko sends a good center for Tsygankov, who takes over with a touch in front of goal. Hennessey is on the trajectory and puts the ball back on Yaremchuk, whose attempt is off target. What an opportunity for the Zbirna!
The Ukrainian goalkeeper is not surprised by a long touch deflected by a partner. He can restart his team.
The Dragons are reassured
Taking advantage of the spaces, the Welsh project themselves on the counter to be dangerous. Ukraine is struggling to enter this second act.
The Welsh coach is warned on his sidelines for protesting against the referee.
Set pieces, a Welsh specialty
Without counting the penalties, Wales scored their 7th goal of the playoffs in the first half from a set piece. Only England, with 9 achievements, does better.
Ramsey opens his foot too much!
On a counter flash, Moore serves Ramsey at the penalty spot, whose flat right foot misses! Wales have just missed a huge break point.
Here we go again !
Start of the second half! No changes to report.
Half time in Cardiff!
Wales lead 1-0 and hold their ticket to Qatar for now! The Dragons take the lead thanks to a free kick from Bale deflected by Yarmolenko in his goal. Ukraine has yet obtained the best opportunities of the first act.
James knocks on Bushchan
Finally a shot on target for the Welsh. James shoots at the Ukrainian goalkeeper who seizes the ball without problem.
2 minutes of additional time
Ukraine push to try to come back to the score just before the break.
Corner for Ukraine
Zinchenko takes care of it from the left side. Zabarnyi brushes the deflection at the near post, Hennessey then grabs the ball on the ground.
James borders on exclusion
Already warned, James is reprimanded by the referee for a borderline intervention in a duel. After a discussion, he comes out without a second box.
Ukraine demand a penalty
For a clumsy intervention by Davies on Yarmolenko, the VAR interrupts the game to consult the images. No penalty for visitors.
Zinchenko stumbles on Hennessey
New opportunity for Zinchenko, who shoots the Welsh goalkeeper. Corner to follow for Ukraine.
Less success for Bale
The Welsh captain has another free kick to negotiate. He is looking for a partner at the far post. The ball flies out of goal.
The goal attributed to Yarmolenko
Note that the Welsh goal is currently attributed to Yarmolenko against his side.
BUUUUUUUUUUUT FROM BASEL!
1-0 for the Welsh on this direct free kick from their captain! On the left side, Bale takes his chance directly with a taut shot, deflected into his own goal by a diving header from Yarmolenko! Wales lead against the run of play.
The left side puts James down and prevents an opposing counterattack from deploying, which earns him a card.
Hennessey works wonders
New brilliant intervention of the Welsh goalkeeper in front of Yaremchuk. The next corner does nothing.
Another shot for Ukraine, which is getting closer. Hennessey relaxes well to fend off danger in front of Zinchenko’s shot.
Tsygankov totally misses himself!
Perfectly launched by Yaremchuk in one touch, the left midfielder faces the Welsh goalkeeper but strikes to the right of the goal. The flag finally rises.
Still no shot on target for Wales
Ukraine has 6 attempts including 2 on target, against 2 small strikes for the Dragons.
The Manchester City player arms a powerful strike, repelled by a Welsh header. Ukraine remain in the opposing camp while their goalkeeper tests himself again.
Perfectly served by Tsygankov in the area, the right side misses the ball on his first recovery, before being countered. Hennessey captures without problem after this big heat.
Bale tries himself from afar
The Welsh captain takes advantage of the space and takes his chance 30 yards from goal. It goes way over the top.
Bushchan hold on
The guard requests the intervention of his medical team. He always remains in his goal while Pyatov goes to the warm-up on the sidelines.
On a Welsh corner played by two, the Ukrainian goalkeeper intervenes and recovers a foul but seems to have hurt his ankle. He holds his place for now.
The Welsh are reassured
Wales regain possession of the ball and the opposing camp, without yet managing to approach the opposing goal.
Found in depth at the limit of offside, the Ukrainian center-forward finds himself facing Hennessey, on the right of the surface. His crossfire is captured in two stages by his vis-à-vis.
Malinovskyi fails to find the opening in front of the opposing surface, at the end of another nice movement. The Zbirna does not let go of the ball.
Tsygankov alert Hennessey
New opportunity for Ukraine. The Dragons goalkeeper goes down and concedes a corner, then a second a few moments later on a threatening cross. It does nothing but the visitors keep the ball.
Williams does not fit
The left piston takes his chance from outside the surface but his attempt clearly misses.
The Welsh response
Bushchan pulls off a great punch to ward off the danger on the first opposing corner. A lively start to the match in Cardiff.
Malinovskyi finds Hennessey
The direct free kick from the Atalanta player is powerful and on target, but too much on the Welsh goalkeeper. Moments earlier, Zinchenko thought he had scored after playing fast but the referee hadn’t whistled.
Already two boxes
Author of a big fault on Stepanenko, Allen is logically warned. James also picks up a protest card.
Let’s go between Wales and Ukraine!
Spanish referee Mateu Lahoz kicks off this play-off final in Cardiff!
Entrance of the teams
As against Scotland, the Ukrainians tread the lawn with each a flag on the back. Place for hymns.
When Zinchenko encourages his partners
After the victory against Scotland, the Ukrainian midfielder called on his teammates to “perform the best performance of (their) lives” against Wales.
>> Zinchenko’s full statement
Zbirna undefeated against the Welsh
Ukraine have one win and two draws in their history against Wales. His success dates back to their last meeting, in March 2016 (1-0).
Group B awaits the winner of the day
The team that qualifies at the end of this meeting will be placed in Group B of the World Cup and will face England, the United States and Iran in Qatar at the end of November.
Ukraine supported by its soldiers
In the midst of war against Russia, Ukraine is mobilizing for this meeting which could lead to a very symbolic qualification. Soldiers sent a flag to the players to support them before this final. Zbirna have not played in the World Cup since 2006.
Wales facing its history
The Dragons have not qualified for a World Cup since 1958, the year of their only participation. They had then reached the quarter-finals, eliminated by a goal from Pelé.
The Ukrainian XI
Coach Petrakov is fielding the same side that won in Scotland this week.
Bushchan – Karavaev, Zabarnyi, Matvienko, Mykolenko – Stepanenko – Yarmolenko, Malinovskyi, Zinchenko, Tsygankov – Yaremchuk
Substitutes: Piatov, Riznyk, Sobol, Bondar, Syrota, Sydorchuk, Shaparenko, Dovbyk, Mudryk, Pikhalonok, Kacharaba, Zubkov
The Welsh composition
Bale is a starter and captain at the forefront of the attack in what could be the last cap of his career.
Hennessey – Roberts, Ampadu, Rodon, Davies – Williams, Allen, Ramsey – James, Bale, Moore
Substitutes: Ward, A. Davies, Gunter, Mepham, Wilson, Johnson, Morrell, Norrington-Davies, J. Williams, Harris, Thomas, Matondo
Last ticket to Qatar
The play-offs in the Europe zone come to an end this Sunday with the final between Wales and Ukraine, four days after Zbirna’s victory over Scotland (3-1). The Welsh for their part eliminated Austria in the semi-finals at the end of March thanks to a double from Bale (2-1).