Touching moment as referee Oleksandr Zinchenko offers consolation after Wales clinched their place at the World Cup while Gareth Bale applauds the Ukrainian fans

WALES star Gareth Bale and referee Mateu Lahoz showed real class as they comfort full-time Ukrainian players and fans.

The Dragons secured their ticket to their first World Cup since 1958 after beating Ukraine 1-0 in Cardiff.

Gareth Bale applauded Ukrainian fans after sending Wales to the World Cup

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Gareth Bale applauded Ukrainian fans after sending Wales to the World CupCredit: EPA
Referee Mateu Lahoz comforted Ukraine star Oleksandr Zinchenko after full-time

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Referee Mateu Lahoz comforted Ukraine star Oleksandr Zinchenko after full-timePhoto credit: Getty

And it was Star Bale who added to the big win when Andriy Yarmolenko accidentally headed the striker’s free-kick into his own net in the 34th minute.

Oleksandr Zinchenko and company were determined to bring their nation a rare treat amid the ongoing war at home.

Ukraine has been trying to repel the unjust and illegal invasion of Russia since February 24, which has left around 46,000 dead, and the visitors looked to boost morale with World Cup qualifiers.

But it wasn’t to be and Oleksandr Petrakov’s men couldn’t contain their emotions.

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Referee Lahoz made a rare gesture of consolation for Zinchenko after his team’s brave performance despite months of inactivity.

Outgoing Real Madrid star Bale also applauded the visitors’ fans in an absolutely stylish gesture.

The end date of the World Cup play-offs had to be pushed back to June following the Russian invasion, which resulted in Ukraine’s semi-final against Scotland being pushed back to March.

Bale said: “This is the best result, we’re going to a World Cup.

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“This is what dreams are made of and I’m so happy for our fans and our country.”

Wales meet England, Iran and the United States of America in the World Cup group stage.

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