Wales National Football Team became the second team to qualify from the United Kingdom when they beat Ukraine in the final match of the European qualifying playoffs. The result meant that this Wales national team qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 64 years – an incredible feat. Wales has been a regular in Euros since 2016 and has now set its sights on the most coveted trophy in the footballing world – The FIFA World Cup.
Wales national football team qualifiers
The Wales Football team was drawn into the European Qualifiers UEFA Group E. The group had 5 teams in total which are – Belgium, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Estonia and Wales. In the opening qualifying match, Wales lost against Belgium 3-1. From then they went on a 7-game unbeaten run, finishing 2nd in the group and qualifying for the playoffs. Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey were the top scorers with 3 goals each in the qualifying matches.
They were drawn against Austria in the next playoff match, then faced the winners between Scotland and Ukraine. They successfully passed the Austrian challenge overcoming them 2-1. The final play-off match meant direct qualification to the World Cup, and Ukraine was seen off in Cardiff with a Gareth Bale freekick securing a 1-0 victory. The victory was symbolic for them as they will be playing in the World Cup finals for the first time in 64 years.
Strengths and weaknesses of the Wales national football team
Wales has been regular in Euros for a while now, the team is packed and loaded with attacking talent. The likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Harry Wilson, Kieffer Moore and Daniel James. Going forward, Wales will not have much to worry about but holding possession and controlling the tempo of matches is one thing that Wales struggles with. The midfield lacks any dynamism and pace, although with Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsey in there, the experience that these two bring will be necessary.
The defence is also relatively young, apart from Ben Davies of Tottenham. Ethan Ampadu and Joe Rodon have yet to establish themselves at the top level fully. Yet, overall the team looks promising.
The Wales team’s key players
The Wales Team has many players who can make a difference in crucial matches. Gareth Bale has been the leading man for the Dragons for a while now. Time and time again, whenever needed, he has come up with the goods. Bale is also Wales’s top scorer with 39 goals. Harry Wilson of Fulham has played a vital role in Fulham’s EFL championship run and promotion to the Premier League.
He is expected to be one of the leading men for Wales in the World Cup. Seasoned vets will provide the experience in Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen, Wayne Hennessey and Ben Davies.
Wales national football team players to look out for
The control of the midfield and controlling the tempo of matches has been a problem for Wales, but Harry Wilson’s involvement will help with some of it. The former Liverpool midfielder has been the leading man for Cardiff and now Fulham. He has been an influential presence from midfield and finding the back of the net. With his electric pace down the channels, Dan James will be causing a few problems for the opposition teams in the World Cup.
Rabbi Motondo of Schalke offers a different option compared to Keiffer Moore. With his pace and ability to find short spaces in the final third, he can be influential too.
How to watch the Qatar world cup 2022 on TV?
The FIFA World Cup is one of the most-watched events in sports history, and there will be plenty of options for Football Fans to watch the World Cup. There are different options to view the matches, but it also depends on your location.
We have curated a list of the official live-streaming football partners of the World Cup. You will find the streaming channels to watch Wales live football TV from the options below.
How to watch Wales match live stream?
As mentioned above on the list, you can use the official streaming partners of the World Cup to stream the matches. The BBC will be showcasing the FIFA World Cup matches in the UK. It will also be showcased through the BBC iplayer app for streaming on your mobile devices. BeIn Sports and Al Jazeera are the streaming partners for the MENA region, Globo will be showcasing the matches in Brazil, and CCTV will be covering China. One of the additional features of the BBC network is that an option to showcase the matches in Ultra HD(UHD) may be available.
There is also another option for the fans to watch Wales live football streaming. The option of logging into free sports streaming websites is something that many fans depend on. A VPN and an Adblocker are recommended when using such websites as they have a lot of unnecessary pop-ups that come up when navigating the website. Here is a list of websites fans can access for the Wales match live stream.