GARETH BALE is adamant Wales will make no apologies if they end Ukraine’s World Cup dream in Sunday’s play-off.
Skipper Bale says his side cannot let the war affect them in Cardiff.
When asked if he would apologize to the Ukraine players if Wales knocked them out, Bale replied: “As awful as it sounds, no.
“It’s a football game and a competition that we also want to be part of.
“Everyone in the world feels for Ukraine. We understand what it will do for Ukraine – but we want to get to the World Cup.
“This doesn’t come from a terrible place, it comes from our country and our hearts as we want to deliver to our own fans.”
Bale, 32, enjoyed one of the biggest nights of his career in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv when he scored an overhead kick in Real Madrid’s 2018 Champions League final win over Liverpool.
And he admitted that those memories meant the images of the war in Ukraine sank even deeper into the mind.
He said: “It’s surreal to know that you were in Kyiv, Ukraine.
“Just seeing the pictures and reading what’s going on is heartbreaking.”
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Wales are hoping to qualify for their first World Cup finals in 64 years.
And while the rest of the world may want Ukraine to reach Qatar, Bale knows his side will be roared at by the vast majority of a packed house.
He added: “We’re going to be the most popular team in the stadium – that’s the main thing.”
Ukraine midfielder Oleksandr Karavaev says his family won’t be able to watch tonight’s game.
Dynamo Kyiv’s Karavaev said: “There is no internet. But they communicate through messages.
“Sport is sport and we do not expect gifts from Wales or an unfair win.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5491785/wales-gareth-bale-ukraine-world-cup/ What’s happening in Ukraine is heartbreaking… but I won’t apologize if we beat them, says Welsh star Gareth Bale