by: ROB HARRIS, Associated Press
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Ukraine missed out on qualifying for the World Cup on Sunday after the war-disrupted side were beaten 1-0 by Wales in the final of the European qualifiers for the centerpiece of FIFA football.
Andriy Yarmolenko inadvertently headed the ball into his own net while trying to clear Welsh captain Gareth Bale’s free kick in the first half.
As Wales head to a first World Cup in 64 years – opening against the United States in November – it was an agonizing end to Ukraine’s emotionally charged mission to qualify for Qatar while remaining under the invasion of Russia.
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