Gareth Bale starred as Wales made history after defeating Ukraine 1-0 to qualify for their first World Cup since 1958 in Cardiff on Sunday.
Ukraine’s Andriy Yarmolenko deflected a Bale free-kick into his own net to give Ukraine the lead in the first half.
Ukraine, who beat Scotland 3-1 on Wednesday in their first competitive clash since Russia’s invasion, refused to be crushed by that misfortune and were unlucky not to be given a penalty before half-time when Yarmolenko was clipped by Joe Allen inside the box.
Ukraine star Oleksandr Zinchenko insists that his fellow countrymen “left everything on the pitch” during their dramatic 1-0 defeat away at Wales – ending their World Cup hopes.
The Manchester City star has been a perfect example of leadership in the face of adversity and constantly faced the media to discuss the need for peace and call for unity in the face of such heart-breaking struggle.
He said: “It isn’t necessary to speak about the game because every one of us gave everything today, we left everything on the pitch, and the keeper from Wales did an unbelievable job. He was definitely man of the match, it was incredible saves.
“In general I don’t think we deserved to lose, it was such a tight game, so tough. I used to, when I was a kid, I grew up and after a fight you couldn’t fight again. If you lost, you lost. But life you need to carry on, we need to work as a team. I wish all the best for Wales for the World Cup. A long time they haven’t been there. That’s it.”
Wales are now unbeaten in 19 home games stretching back nearly four years for a reason as they were roared home by the majority of the 33,000 crowd.