Wales Women get lucky after Switzerland goal disallowed due to rare penalty law

Wales Women were given a reprieve in their crunch World Cup qualifying play-off against Switzerland.

Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic hit the post with a penalty before scoring the rebound – with Swiss players celebrating before looking baffled when it was ruled out.

Wales in fact received a free-kick because the ball must first make contact with someone else before it is back in play from a spot kick, with the FA rule reading 'the kicker must not play the ball again until it has touched another player'.

Wales went into the game in Zurich as the underdogs but took the lead through Rhiannon Roberts after 19 minutes with Ramona Bachmann equalising just before the break.

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Following the penalty confusion as well as Bachmann being denied another goal by a VAR check for offside, Fabienne Humm prodded home with seconds remaining of extra time.

The Wales side and their fans were left heartbroken having come to within seconds of a penalty shoot-out which could've led them to World Cup, although they might have needed to feature in an inter-confederation play-off – depending on other results.

Despite missing out on a potential trip to their first ever major tournament in the form of the Australia and New Zealand hosted World Cup next year, the qualifying campaign of Wales been a positive one.

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Former Wales defender Danny Gabbidon said of their journey on BBC Two Wales: "This team has already created history getting to this stage. There's so many positives to take.

"Yes it's going to hurt now but it's important the girls use this disappointment to fuel them and hopefully it will help to progress the team onto the next level which is qualifying for a major tournament."

Wales manager Gemma Grainger then said: "It is incredibly tough to take. We know the margins at this level are fine and that has been shown tonight.

"I am incredibly proud of this group. I am proud we competed in this game and we intend to keep doing that.

"We are disappointed right now, we know we can win these level of games, but it is fine margins.

"We have to thank our fans for their support in the campaign."


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