Ukraine’s hopes of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup are over, after losing to Wales 1-0
The Ukrainian men’s football team lost their World Cup qualifier against Wales, 1-0.
Although they lost their chance to participate in the World Cup in Qatar, the team spirit during the qualifying tournament did not go unnoticed.
The men’s soccer team took on Wales, hoping for a win to send them to their first World Cup in 64 years.
However, Wales stole the title, with a 1-0 win.
Ukraine dominated the game predominantly, also scoring a goal from a free kick, which was then disqualified for the player who kicked before the referee’s whistle sounded.
Wales scored in the back half, sealing their way to the Qatar World Cup, which begins in November.
Despite the scoreline, Ukraine’s participation throughout the tournament was remarkable.
As the war continues in their home country, players and fans sang the national anthem with such pride.
Footballers have been the brightest lights in the darkest times, with the country’s yellow and blue flags flooding the stadiums.
In a show of solidarity, the Welsh Football Association has also distributed tickets to Ukrainian refugees living nearby.
Because for Ukraine it was more than just a game.