Jun 6, 2022 - Sports

Ukraine's fairy tale World Cup journey ends in Wales

Wales celebrates the victory.
Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Wales beat Ukraine, 1-0, in front of their home crowd on Sunday to clinch Europe's final spot in the World Cup.

Why it matters: Ukraine's fairy tale has ended, a crushing blow to the war-torn country. For Wales, it's their first trip to the World Cup since 1958, ending the longest drought in Europe.

  • Highlight: Gareth Bale's free kick in the 34th minute found the back of the net after deflecting off Ukrainian captain Andriy Yarmolenko (scored an own goal).
  • Snapshot: Referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz rushed over to Ukrainian star Oleksandr Zinchenko after the match and consoled him after the loss. Bigger than sports.

Rewind: Wales' last World Cup match was in the 1958 quarterfinals against Brazil, during which a 17-year-old Pelé scored his first World Cup goal in a 1-0 victory.

Looking ahead: World Cup Group B's schedule is now set, with Wales playing the U.S. on the first day of competition in Qatar.

  • Nov. 21: England vs. Iran; U.S. vs. Wales
  • Nov. 25: Wales vs. Iran; England vs. U.S.
  • Nov. 29: Wales vs. England; Iran vs. U.S.
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