FIFA Wales earns final World Cup slot, in U.S. group

Wales defeated Ukraine 1-0 on Sunday to claim the final spot in Group B of this fall’s World Cup.

Wales will be the first opponent for the United States on Nov. 21 in Qatar. Iran and England complete the group.

The only score came on an own goal by Ukraine forward Andriy Yarmolenko, who stopped a 25-yard free kick off the foot of Wales captain Gareth Bale. But instead of the ball squirting away, it got past goalkeeper Georgiy Bushchan.

The home crowd at Cardiff City Stadium is Wales was euphoric as their team qualified for the nation’s first World Cup since 1958.

And the Ukrainian players appeared heartbroken following the defeat, wanting to give their country a positive after it has endured three months of bombardment by Russia.

“The most important game of our lives,” Ukraine defender Oleksandr Karavayev said Saturday.

Ukraine hasn’t qualified for the World Cup since 2006. This match was delayed about three months because of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, which was banned from competing in the qualifier.

–Field Level Media

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