MATCHDAY: Ukraine or Wales at the World Cup; Spain in Prague

A preview of what’s happening in European football on Sunday:

Europe’s final World Cup spot will be determined in Cardiff, where Wales host a Ukrainian side trying to achieve uplifting sporting success amid the ongoing Russian invasion. After this latest European qualifiers final – which was delayed by the war – Qatar’s two remaining World Cup spots will be determined by the intercontinental qualifiers in Doha this month. Ukraine have not qualified for a World Cup since their only appearance in 2006. Wales have waited even longer to play again at the FIFA showpiece after last playing in 1958. The Welsh will have to beat Ukraine for the first time to qualify, having lost once and drawn twice in their previous encounters. Wales will be led by five-time Champions League winner Gareth Bale, whose future is in doubt after being released by Real Madrid. World Cup qualification could determine his next steps and the 32-year-old striker says he has “a lot” of offers from clubs.

After conceding a late equalizer in their opener against Portugal, Spain travel to Prague facing a pivotal situation in their bid to return to the Nations League final they lost the year last. The Czech Republic top League A Group 2 with three points after beating Switzerland 2-1 on Thursday, while Portugal and Spain have one point after the 1-1 draw at Sevilla. Portugal will host the last Swiss in Lisbon in a strong position to benefit from either another slide from Spain or a Spanish win over the Czechs that could see them take top spot. Cristiano Ronaldo only played the last half hour against Spain on Thursday. International football’s all-time top scorer could be back in Fernando Santos’ line-up against Switzerland, but the manager has said he will only make ‘adjustments’ to his starting XI. The winners of the four groups in the Nations League First Division qualify for the final. -four finals.

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