Gareth Bale helps Wales qualify for their first world cup in 64 years

Bale helps his national side book their place in Qatar.

Gareth Bale has helped the Welsh National Football Team secure their spot at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. This will be their first ever appearance at the world cup in 64 years.

Meaning that the last time the Welsh National Football Team took part in the world cup was all the way back in 1958. They had made it to the quarter finals of that tournament where they lost to Brazil.

Fast forward to the modern era and Wales are going to appear in just their second world cup. Gareth Bale’s free kick was what helped seal the deal for Wales as they beat Ukraine by a goal to nil.

Gareth Bale
The Welsh number 11 scored a free kick that caused Yarmolenko to score an own goal. Source: Sports Illustrated.

The free kick caused Ukrainian winger Andriy Yarmolenko to score an own goal as he tried to deflect the ball away.

While the goal was scored in the first half, there was a chance to double up the score sheet in the second half. However, Aaron Ramsey’s near miss prevented Wales from getting their second of the night.

Welsh goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was the night’s best performer as he did his best to help maintain a clean sheet. Despite their valiant efforts, the Ukrainians failed to score a goal and book their place in the tournament.

Following the match, Gareth Bale gave an interview with the media and said that he is postponing his retirement plans. There were speculations that Gareth Bale would retire from his national duties should Wales fail to qualify. It seems that those plans would be kept on a halt.

Wales victory on Sunday means that they will be in Qatar and will compete in Group B with England, Iran and USA. Their first game will be against the Americans on November 21.

There are just two spots remaining that are yet to be filled. Australia will take on the UAE tonight and the winner of that will face Peru in an inter-confederation play off match. The match will take place on June 14. The winner of that will go onto to join reining champions France, Denmark and Tunisia in Group D.

Finally, the last qualifying match would take place on June 15. That will also be an inter-confederation match between Costa Rica and New Zealand. The winner of that match will be a part of Group E which consists of former world cup winners Germany and Spain as well as Japan.

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