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Euro 2016: Wales beats Northern Ireland 1-0


06-26-2016 13:12 BJT

Also in action were Wales who, after managing to grab top spot in group B, had a last 16 encounter with fellow Brits, Northern Ireland in Paris. Led by Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, the Welsh have been enjoying life since arriving at their first major competition in 50 years and found themselves in the unusual position of being favourites against their neighbors.

5 minutes in and Wales go close when Arron Ramsey's ball into the box is only just diverted away at the last second by Gareth McAuley.

Just before the break the Arsenal man is denied by an excellent save from Michael McGoven in the Northern Ireland goal and it remains nil-nil at the break.

The deadlock is broken 15 minutes before the end when Bale whips a menacing delivery in the area and McAuley sends into his own net.

The 27-year-old now has one assist to go with his 3 goals and it proves enough to be the winner as their opponents fail to reply.

Wales and Bale march on then and will play either Hungary or Belgium in the quarter-finals.

"We knew everything was on this game and it was in our own hands and we said before the game to go out there, enjoy ourselves have no regrets like we've always said and the performance was probably the best i've been involved in since i've been here and what support, what an amazing way to do it and we move on now," Bale said.

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