In the midst of the drama of the war, Ukraine has had another difficult time, it is true that it is only about football. However, a qualification to the World Championship would have brought a little joy for a hard-fought people. Unfortunately, Zinchenko and Yarmolenko’s national team lost the Wales Cardiff dam. The guests were also disadvantaged by an arbitration decision.
Ukraine missed the World Cup. The decision that shocked an entire country
In the city where Romania experienced one of the most beautiful nights in the history of the national team, in 1993, Ukraine had a terrible misfortune. Although they trained wherever they could, they played only through friendlies, the players from Petrakov’s national team mobilized excellently for the two qualifying matches. They outscored Scotland and then played well in Cardiff. Wales were dominated, especially in the first half, when the guests missed important chances. If he had scored, things would have been different. Unfortunately for them, the Ukrainians scored in their own goal, through Yarmolenko, on a free kick executed by Bale.
The decisive phase took place a few moments later, in the Welsh square. Yarmolenko was able to make amends when he slipped close to the goal and was hit by Joe Allen. The captain of Ukraine had a third chance at scoring, but a last ditch challenge made sure that he didnt.
All eyes were on referee Mateu Lahoz, but the 45-year-old Frenchman made no decision. Incredible play of VAR, who did all well but his pass didn’t find a striker.
Ukraine also had a goal disallowed, right at the start of the match
The Ukrainians can claim that they were disadvantaged in the first minutes of the game, when they scored a goal, but canceled by the center. Zinchenko was allowed to take it quickly by the referee, much to the dismay of the goalkeeper who wasn’t prepared. Hennessey didn’t have a chance. However, there are experts who say that success could be achieved. So the neighboring national team can claim that the referees’ decisions were only against them. However, Wales will go to the World Cup for the first time since 1958.
Wales: Hennessey – Ampadu, Rodon, Davies – Roberts, Allen, Ramsey – Williams – Bale, James, Moore
Selector: Robert Page
Ukraine: Bushchan – Karavaev, Zabarnyi, Matvienko, Mykolenko – Stepanenko – Yarmolenko, Malinovskyi, Zinchenko, Tsygankov – Yaremchuk
Selector: Oleksandr Petrakov