Wales' 64-year wait to appear in a World Cup is finally over after they defeated Ukraine 1-0 in their qualifying playoff final.

An Andriy Yarmolenko own goal proved to be the difference in Cardiff on Sunday as Wales secured their spot in Qatar and their first appearance at a World Cup since 1958.

Ukraine summoned great strength to defeat Scotland in their semifinal at Hampden Park earlier this week,

despite some of their players not having played a competitive match in months due to the ongoing invasion of their country by Russia, but Wales proved a step too far.

While Wales will have Yarmolenko's 34th minute header into his own net off Gareth Bale's free-kick to thank,

high praise is also needed for goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey with the 35-year-old putting in the performance of his life with several key saves to keep Ukraine at bay.

Bale, who is looking for a new club this summer after choosing to leave Real Madrid, described today as "the greatest result in Welsh football history."

"We're going to a World Cup!" he said. "It means everything, what dreams are made of, we've been working towards it since I first came in here.

Wales vs. Ukraine final score



1H      2H      Final

1            0         1

0            0         0


WAL - Andriy Yarmolenko (OG) - 34th min