CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Ukraine missed out on qualifying for the World Cup on Sunday after the war-disrupted workforce was crushed 1-0 by Wales within the European playoff remaining for the FIFA soccer showpiece.
Andriy Yarmolenko inadvertently headed the ball into his personal web whereas attempting to clear Wales captain Gareth Bale’s first-half free kick.
While Wales heads to a primary World Cup in 64 years — opening in opposition to the United States in November — this was an agonizing finish to Ukraine’s emotionally charged mission to qualify for Qatar whereas remaining below invasion by Russia.
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