Wales headed to World Cup after dramatic play-off win over Ukraine

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Gareth Bale, left, and Wales celebrate qualifying for the World Cup (David Davies/PA) (PA Wire)
Gareth Bale, left, and Wales celebrate qualifying for the World Cup (David Davies/PA) (PA Wire)

Wales ended their 64-year wait to play at a World Cup by beating Ukraine 1-0 in a pulsating play-off final in Cardiff.

Gareth Bale, so often Wales’ talisman, again produced the decisive moment with his 34th-minute free-kick headed into his own net by Andriy Yarmolenko.

But Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey took the man-of-the-match honours with an outstanding display that kept the gifted Ukrainians at bay.