Jess Fishlock admitted her World Cup play-off win for Wales against Bosnia and Herzegovina was a moment she could only dream of.
Fishlock’s spectacular extra-time volley gave Wales a 1-0 win at Cardiff City Stadium as the Dragons progressed to a European play-off final in Switzerland on Tuesday.
If Wales overcome that hurdle, there will likely be an intercontinental play-off in February to qualify for next summer’s Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Fishlock said: “It was one of those moments that you kind of dream about and the celebration was epic.
“I didn’t even know what to do and I ended up slipping, which I’m not.
“It was pure emotion we have for each other and pure relief. I don’t think I’ve felt anything like this before, to be honest.”
US-based Fishlock, a two-time Champions League winner who has won nine national titles in her celebrated playing career, paid tribute to her team-mates as Wales seek to qualify for a first major tournament.
She said: “This group changed an entire nation off the field by what we did on the field.
“We have never been in this situation. But this group has mentality, struggle and faith and we will be better for this game.
“This group is so much bigger than one person. We all know our jobs and our roles.
“I know my role is to produce and create for this team, to take it to another level and I’ve done that.
“We have nothing to lose in Switzerland. What do we have to fear? Let’s go and enjoy it.”
Head coach Gemma Grainger said Wales never lost faith after dominating the game and failing to concede four goals.
Kayleigh Green saw two tries ruled out for offside before Ffion Morgan and Fishlock were also rejected by a slacking assistant in the final 10 minutes.
Grainger said: “With four unrecognized goals, it’s hard not to be disappointed. But we were relentless and never wavered.
“We knew we were the better team but the crowd kept us going after one disallowed goal after another.”
Grainger said of her commitment in Switzerland and the quick five-day processing: “I’m not sure if it matters in a (European) final of a World Cup play-off what you did in the previous games.
“I don’t think anything will stop these girls in terms of fatigue.
“We know we won’t be favorites in Switzerland, they’re a higher-level team and they just took part in the European Championship.
“But the belief in this team is that we turn it around. Everyone will think Switzerland will win and we have to use that to our advantage.
“Bosnia showed us what the underdog mentality is and we have the belief that we can hold our own against higher-ranked opponents.”
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