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Ukraine's World Cup quest ends accompanied by mislaying to Wales amid war

Ukraine's World Cup quest ends accompanied by mislaying to Wales amid war

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Ukraine's players wept inside the rainfall while applauding their dejected supporters following lost not here on qualifying for the World Cup by losing 1-0 to Wales inside Europe's last playoff for the FIFA soccer showpiece on Sunday.

The agonizing little while inside a firm game came inside the 34th minute when Andriy Yarmolenko inadvertently headed the sphere into his own netting while trying to understandable Wales leader Gareth Bale's lacking ask in remittance kick.

While Wales heads to a earliest World Cup inside 64 years — opening opposed to the United States inside November — this was a game excessively a lengthy way for Ukraine's emotionally charged position of employment to exist eligible for Qatar while residual under invasion by Russia.

"We did every one thing that we could," bus Oleksandr Petrakov said into with every one other accompanied by not here of a translator," nevertheless I really want the people of Ukraine to remember our team's efforts."

Petrakov's priority, on one instance the World Cup imagination had been extinguished, was ensuring the suffering at place of residence is not forgotten by the world.

"We have war raging all over the country," Petrakov said. "We have children accompanied by every one one other accompanied by women dying on a done every one one day basis. Our infrastructure is actuality ruined by Russian barbarians. The Russians want to exist sore us, nevertheless the Ukrainians are resisting accompanied by every one one other accompanied by defending their land. We fair want your support. We fair want to you to comprehend what is happening spine home."

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Back home, on the 102nd day of the war, Ukrainians took respite from the suffering accompanied by every one one other accompanied by suffering by watching the game from Cardiff inside bars, including inside Kyiv.

The war accompanied by every one one other accompanied by missile strikes earlier Sunday inside Ukraine's earliest city place an understandable dampener on some communal gathering framework of cerebrum for the match.

Still, architect Dmytro Leshehenko dug not here his bright yellow national team jersey — bought inside happier times when Ukraine co-hosted the 2012 European Championships — accompanied by every one one other accompanied by trekked accompanied by his flip-flop-wearing male sibling casual broBritish casual bruvver past place of set of two of Kyiv's gold-domed cathedrals to a bar where they watched the match accompanied by friends, washed down accompanied by place of set of two enormous 3-liter jugs of beer, fried bread, smoked meats accompanied by every one one other accompanied by other nibbles.

"People inside the battlefields watched this on their phones," Leshehenko said, recounting conversations accompanied by friends serving inside the armed forces.

When the colossus screens inside the bar lost the signal inside the following half, patrons gathered around mobile phones to go nearer behind the action. Some joked that Russian hackers must have knocked not here the transmission.

The sadness of losing was tempered by the fact that, inside the large scheme of things, the war is a lengthy way additional important. The match was fair a little while of respite.

"We have additional problems than this," Leshehenko said. "This is a day where we tin exist inside be in touch that there is no indeed indeed war. It's a holiday for us."

In Cardiff, there was excessively a sensory ability that the playoff was the lesser of the struggles facing Ukraine

"Our main fight is our war," said Ukraine air cooler Anna Stepanova, who traveled to go nearer behind the team from Mykolaiv where her house has been damaged. "Every day we hear bombs accompanied by every one one other accompanied by hear artillery. It's a extremely difficult life. We came here accompanied by every one one other accompanied by we're exist fond of inside another world."

The specter of the war was evident inside the Welsh earliest city accompanied by a message of tranquillity inside English accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Ukrainian on the screens inside the Cardiff City Stadium.

Of the 1,800-seat allocation for Ukraine, 100 lacking ask in remittance tickets were specified to refugees who have been forced to sprint Ukraine since the invasion began inside February, which led to Russia actuality disqualified from World Cup qualifying.

Rivalries were place to one side when the Ukrainian national anthem was played accompanied by every one one other accompanied by it was applauded by the place of residence fans who subsequent clapped off the downbeat opposition.

Ultimately it was Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey who proved an impenetrable barrier. No other team had while numerous while Ukraine's nine shots on mark inside European qualifying lacking managing to score.

Hennessey's fair foot limb kept not here Viktor Tsyhankov's poked report 10 minutes into the following fifty per cent of while Ukraine searched inside vain for an equalizer. Artem Dovbyk's header inside the 84th minute looked destined for the curve of the netting until it was pushed away by Hennessey's left-hand hand.

"He made some incredible saves," Ukraine midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko said. "We didn't deserve to mislay today, it was so tight. We need to convey on, labour a lot."

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Associated Press author John Leicester inside Kyiv, Ukraine contributed to this report.

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Ukraine's World Cup quest ends accompanied by mislaying to Wales amid war

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