Rob Page thinks Wales can ‘dream’ of first World Cup since 1958 after taking home advantage in play-offs
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Obert Page believes the World Cup dream is on for Wales after his side gave Qatar the home advantage.
Wales were assured of a home draw in the play-off semi-finals and were drawn against Austria. The match will take place at the end of March next year.
The winners of this meeting will host Scotland or Ukraine in the play-off final for a place at the 2022 World Cup.
Page was delighted with the outcome of the draw, revealing his relief that Wales had avoided facing either Italy or Portugal. At least one of these two teams will not be in Qatar, having been drawn in the same section.
“If you had one wish, you would want two home games,” Page said.
“We had to work hard for one and we were lucky in the draw for the second, so the incentive is there for us.
“We will have two packed rooms. We have seen the impact supporters can have on us during the recent campaign.
“We gave ourselves a great opportunity, didn’t we? Everything is there to play.
“I’m not going to lie, I had an eye on Portugal and Italy. You want to avoid, on paper, the best teams and they are fantastic teams.
“To see them both finish in second was a shock, but it’s good that they are in the same group. “
Page was in no mood to cool the spirits of Welsh fans when asked if it was time to dream of a first World Cup appearance since 1958.
“Why not? Absolutely. That’s why we’ve put all of this work and effort into this campaign,” Page said.
“Why can’t we dream? This is what we are here for.
“Ever since we were young boys you’ve always wanted to be part of a World Cup qualifying campaign and then a World Cup. We are two victories away from that.
A potential final against Scotland for a place in Qatar is an incredibly exciting prospect, if Wales beat Austria and Scotland overtake Ukraine.
Despite the demand for tickets for this match, Page would not want to see Wales move away from Cardiff City Stadium for the larger Principality Stadium, highlighting their side’s 16 games unbeaten at home.
“We have a phenomenal home record and our supporters have a big part to play in that,” Page said.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it then. We had a great experience playing at Cardiff City Stadium.
“You saw what it was against Belgium and it’s more important for us. It’s about creating that atmosphere, having a full house and having the support behind us.
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