Wales is scheduled to face Ukraine on Sunday (5 June 2022) in the World Cup qualifiers at the Cardiff City Stadium. Ahead of this crucial match, Wales skipper Gareth Bale said that they are desperate to win this match at any cost.
Wales is looking to end their 64-year wait by winning this match. If they do the same, then it will help them to qualify for the World Cup 2022. In 1958, they qualified for this tournament and eventually, lost the match against Brazil in the quarter-final. In recent years, Wales showed some good form in several mega-events. Recently, they lost to Poland in the Nations League by a margin of 2-1 in which, Bale did not play.
“We have a massive game tomorrow that we’re desperate to win and to achieve our goal,” – Gareth Bale
Speaking to the reporters on June 4, Bale quotes this game as a massive one as winning it can help them to reach their second-ever World Cup berth. He said: “It’s a big game. It’s difficult to put it into whether it’s ‘the’ big game. Obviously, we played in a semi-final of a European Championship. It’s a massive game. I think there’s no hiding it. We’ve only played in one World Cup,”
He also added: “So this is a stepping stone that all of us want to take to play on the biggest level. And yeah, we have a massive game tomorrow that we’re desperate to win and to achieve our goal,”
Neutral football fans are expected to show support to Ukraine after all they faced in recent months due to Russia’s invasion. Meanwhile, Bale expected to have better support from the fans as they are going to play at Cardiff.
“It is a sport that unites everybody. We understand what it will do for Ukraine, but we want to get to the World Cup. That is not coming from a horrible place. It is coming from our country and hearts as we want to deliver for our own fans,” Bale concluded.
Football’s mega event is scheduled from 21 November to 18 December later this year in Qatar.