Touching moment ref consoles Oleksandr Zinchenko after Wales snatch World Cup spot as Gareth Bale applauds Ukraine fans.

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

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

Gareth Bale applauded the visiting Ukraine fans after sending Wales to the World CupCredit: EPA
Referee Mateu Lahoz consoled Ukraine star Oleksandr Zinchenko at full-timeCredit: Getty

And it was star man Bale that helped seal the big win as Andriy Yarmolenko inadvertently headed the forward’s free-kick into his own net on 34 minutes.

Oleksandr Zinchenko and Co were determined to give their nation some rare joy amid the ongoing war in their homeland.

Ukraine have been trying to fight off Russia’s unjust and illegal invasion since February 24, which has led to around 46,000 deaths, and the visitors wanted to boost morale with World Cup qualification.

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

Referee Lahoz was pictured consoling Zinchenko after his team’s brave performance, despite months of inactivity, in a rare gesture.

Departing Real Madrid star Bale also applauded visiting fans in an absolutely classy gesture.

The World Cup play-off final date had to be moved to June after Russia’s invasion, which led to Ukraine’s semi-final with Scotland being postponed from March.

Bale said: “It’s the greatest result, we’re going to a World Cup.

Source: The Sun Football