Football: Soccer-Wales desperate to qualify for first World Cup since 1958, says Bale

(Reuters) – Captain Gareth Bale mentioned Wales are desperate to qualify for their first World Cup finals look in 64 years after they tackle Ukraine in Sunday’s playoff match on the Cardiff City Stadium.

Wales’ solely World Cup finals look was in Sweden in 1958, the place they misplaced to Brazil within the quarter-finals.

“It’s an enormous recreation. It’s tough to put it into whether or not it is ‘the’ large recreation. Obviously, we performed in a semi-final of a European Championship” in 2016, Bale, who sat out Wales’ 2-1 Nations League defeat to Poland, advised reporters on Saturday.

“It’s a large recreation. I believe there is no hiding it. We’ve solely performed in a single World Cup.

“So this can be a stepping stone that each one of us need to take to play on the most important degree. And yeah, we now have a large recreation tomorrow that we’re desperate to win and to obtain our objective.”

Most impartial viewers will doubtless be supporting Ukraine within the wake of Russia’s invasion of their nation, which Moscow calls a “particular army operation.”

When requested the way it felt to be taking up Ukraine in such circumstances, Bale mentioned an important factor was that Wales could be “the preferred group within the stadium.”

“Everyone on the planet feels for Ukraine,” Bale mentioned. “It is sport that unites everyone. We perceive what it should do for Ukraine, however we wish to get to the World Cup.

“That isn’t coming from a horrible place. It is coming from our nation and hearts as we wish to ship for our personal followers.”

Soccer’s international showpiece occasion in Qatar shall be held from Nov. 21 to Dec. 18.

(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by William Mallard)

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