Gareth Bale Wants World Cup For Wales As Ukrainian Sympathy Is Set Aside

Gareth Bale Wants World Cup For Wales As Ukrainian Sympathy Is Set Aside

Wales captain Gareth Bale He said any sympathy with Ukraine would be forgotten on Sunday as it was trying to take its country to the World Cup for the first time since 1958. Ukraine beat Scotland 3-1 in an emotional match in their first match since the Russian invasion on Wednesday. Until the playoffs in Cardiff. Bell won his fifth Champions League title with Real Madrid last weekend and was one of Wales’ greatest heroes in the Euro 2016 semi-finals. However, the 32-year-old, who has never played in the World Cup, will not get another chance.

“It’s not coming from a terrible place, but we want to do it for our country, for our fans,” Bell said Saturday when asked if he felt confronted by a war-torn nation. ۔

“Everyone in the world feels for Ukraine, but it’s football. It’s a competition, it’s a game, it unites everyone.

“We understand what it will do for Ukraine, but we want to go to the World Cup.”

Wales are unbeaten in 18 games at home and Bell does not expect the atmosphere to be less scary despite the unique circumstances surrounding the match.

“We will be the most popular team in the stadium, that’s the most important thing,” he said, referring to worldwide support for Ukraine.

“Our hearts and everything goes to the children, the families, the people of Ukraine. We have felt terrible and we can’t do much. Tomorrow is a football game and we want to win.”

Bell scored twice as Rob Page’s men beat Austria 2-1 in March to secure a place in the playoffs despite a lack of match fitness as they barely made it to Madrid last season. ۔

He is now a free agent who has left the Spanish giants and has admitted where to play club football next season.

“I’m not focusing on what’s next, I’m focusing on tomorrow’s big game,” Bell added.

“When I’m happy, I’m able to do my best. Hopefully that’s what will happen tomorrow.”

“The most important game of our lives”

Six of the Ukrainian lineups starting in Glasgow are still signing with their home clubs and did not play competitively this year.

However, one of them, Dynamo Kyiv’s Oleksandr Karavaev, believes he has recovered in time to make another major emotional and physical effort.

“We have a very good medical team and they help us with our renovation,” said Karov.

“The game is a game and we don’t expect gifts or unfair wins. We know how difficult it is, but it’s the most important game of our lives. We will do our best to win.”

Page also stressed that there was “normal business” for Wales ‘preparations ahead of the historic opportunity to end Wales’ wait for a place in the World Cup.

“If we can get away with what we’re going through with a heartbeat, but now it’s business,” Page said in a pre-match press conference.

“It’s a normal business. We’re very sympathetic, it’s awful, but we’ve got a job and we’re focused on it.”

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The symbol of war will be present in the Welsh capital, however, as Karayev revealed, the Ukrainian flag sent by the soldiers on the front line will be hung in the coming dressing room.

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