Wales aim to make more history by reaching the finals of the Women’s World Cup

Rachel Rowe insists Wales aren’t done making history ahead of their first-ever Women’s World Cup play-off game.

Wales host Bosnia and Herzegovina in Cardiff on Thursday, the first of three potential games needed to reach next summer’s World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand.

“We’ve made history but we’re not finished yet,” said Reading midfielder Rowe, who will earn her 50th cap against Bosnia.

“We know we have a good draw because Bosnia is obviously beatable.

“I watched the draw live and almost screamed at the ceiling. I don’t care who you play for, you’re looking for a draw and you want certain teams. A home game to kick off against Bosnia, bottom of the play-offs, was our wish.”

Wales is 30th in the women’s standings, 33 places higher than Bosnia.

Switzerland, ranked 21st in the world, meets the winners in the second play-off round on October 11th.

If Wales clear those two hurdles, they would likely need to play an intercontinental play-off in February to reach the World Cup.

“We watched Switzerland at the last tournament (they were knocked out in the group stage of Euro 2022),” said Rowe, 30.

“I think it’s the best draw we could get, apart from not being home in the second game.

“Bosnia is our biggest game so far and I see no end to it. It will use us for the second game instead if there will be a quick turnaround.”

The Wales men’s team has already got the nation into football fever by qualifying for next month’s World Cup in Qatar, their first participation in the tournament since 1958.

Rowe believes that reaching the finals Down Under next summer will have a similar impact on women’s football in Wales. She said: “Some of us were part of it when we were just taking a few hundred fans to what it is now. The trajectory was massive.

“Qualifying will continue to grow women’s football and have a huge impact.”

Another record attendance is expected for a home game for the Welsh women at the Cardiff City Stadium. 12,741 viewers watched last month’s goalless draw against Slovenia, which secured a play-off spot for Wales.

The Football Association of Wales have confirmed VAR will be used in the play-offs, starting with the game against Bosnia. Wales aim to make more history by reaching the finals of the Women’s World Cup

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