Wales led by Gareth Bale beat Ukraine 1-0 to qualify for 2022 World Cup

Wales beat Ukraine 1-0 in European World Cup qualifiers in Cardiff on Sunday to advance to the World Cup final for the first time in 64 years. Wales, whose only previous final appearance was in Sweden in 1958, will join England, Iran and the United States in Group B of the World Cup which begins in Qatar on November 21.

Wales boss Page hails ‘world-class’ Hennessey

Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has been hailed as ‘world class’ after his outstanding performance, with nine saves, secured a 1-0 victory over Ukraine in Sunday’s qualifiers and a place in the Champions League final. World Cup. Hennessey was picked by caretaker manager Rob Page for the qualifying decider after replacing first-choice Danny Ward when he suffered an injury for the playoff semi-final win over Austria. The 35-year-old spent the last Premier League season as a backup goalkeeper at Burnley but despite his lack of first-team action he delivered a winning performance.

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“He was gorgeous, world class,” Page said, “I pulled Wardy in (for a chat) and showed him this respect that I was starting Wayne, it was only because he played in the semis and didn’t let us down so it would have been hard to let him down. I thought he went to another level tonight.” Hennessey’s vigilance kept Wales in the game a tough opening half hour when he made three crucial saves and late in the game he made the best save of all with a one-handed palm to prevent a header from Artem Dovbyk. The former Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper, who was making his 102nd appearance for his country, said he had reserved his best performance for Wales for the most important game.

“It’s the best game I’ve played in a Welsh shirt, I’m boiling,” he said. “It’s amazing. Everyone on the pitch tonight was amazing, even those who didn’t make it. We’re a small nation, and it’s great to take everyone to a World Cup.” , he added.

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