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When did Wales last qualify for the World Cup?

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WALES secured qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after sweeping past Austria and Ukraine in the playoffs.

A deflected free-kick from Gareth Bale in the 34th minute was enough to defeat Ukraine 1-0 in the last playoff game.


Wales entered the 1958 World Cup after defeating Israel in a playoff[/caption]

Wales qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after beating Ukraine

In an interview with Sky Sports after the game, the Wales captain described it as “the greatest result in the history of Welsh football. We’re going to a World Cup!”

It is the result of impressive performances at the last two European Championships.

They reached the semi-finals and round of 16 respectively in 2016 and 2020 and will no doubt be looking to bring those performances to the world stage in November.



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When did Wales last qualify for the World Cup?

Wales’ last appearance at the FIFA World Cup was in 1958.

The 1950s were a golden age for Welsh football with players such as John Charles, Cliff Jones and Ivor Allchurch.

The tournament was hosted by Sweden and was the first to be held in a Nordic country.

16 teams took part in the competition, 12 of which were European teams.

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Who knocked Wales out of the 1958 World Cup?

Wales started the tournament unbeaten and drew in all three group games against Hungary, Mexico and Sweden.

A 2-1 win over Hungary in a group stage playoff match sealed their place in the quarter-finals where they would meet mighty Brazil.

But the Dragons’ chances were dealt a serious blow when John Charles was eliminated from the tie.

In a tense and close affair, they suffered a 1-0 defeat, with a goal from then 17-year-old sensation Pele being enough for Brazil, who would go on to win the tournament.

Has Wales almost qualified for World Cups since 1958?

Wales came close to qualifying on a number of occasions, but Mexico 1986 and USA 1994 were the most painful qualifying campaigns for Welsh fans.

They met Scotland in 1986 qualifying, knowing that a home win in what was a bitter home battle would have sealed their qualification.

Mark Hughes opened the scoring but a Davie Cooper penalty secured a tie and qualification for the Tartan Army.

Eight years later, the Dragons suffered another agonizing failure in qualifying in their final group game against Romania.

The late Gary Speed ​​won a penalty taken by Paul Bodin.

The then Swindon Town left-back hit the bar with his shot and later in the game Florin Raducioiu snapped the winner for Romania to break Welsh hearts.

Had Wales taken the penalty and fought to win, they would have qualified.

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