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Welcome to stadium to lose brought is a crucial match for Wales in
Group B of Euro 2016. A win and Chris Coleman's men will secure
their place in the last 16. Anything less and they will have to rely on
results elsewhere. Yet, Chichester is this match are Robbie Savage and
Steve Wilson. COMMENTATOR: Festival atmosphere
inside the Stadium Municipal. The smallest of the Euro 2016 venues.
But booming loud tonight. Russia's Berezutski twins are
celebrating the 34th birthday is today. Sergei Ignashevich is 36 now.
He will not enjoy Gareth Bale in full flow. The coach makes four
changes. The referee is Swedish. Yunus Eriksson.
Wales won the toss. They make one change. Sam Vokes starts in place of
Hal Robson-Kanu. Two games in this tournament, two free kicks, two
goals from Gareth Bale. Robbie Savage, how are you feeling?
Nervous. I am pleased to see the introduction of Sam Vokes. You will
be a big target man and that will allow Gareth Bale to play as a
number ten and drive at this Russian back four with an average age of 32.
Memories of the qualifying play-off. Russia beat Wales 1-0 on aggregate
and then had a player tested for a banned substance. Memories of 1965
and a Wales 2-1 win over the Soviet Union. The only Welsh victory over
the Soviets or Russians in nine attempts. You might say the second
is overdue. It is Russia in the white shirts and blue shorts who
will get the game underway kicking from left-to-right. Against Wales in
the read and write. The Russians are wearing black armbands as a mark of
respect to the 14 children tragically killed in an accident in
Corel yet in the north of Russia. Ashley Williams forward. This is
Smolnikov for the Russians. Williams came to take command. All the way
through to Smolnikov with eight dangerous looking ball which is
James Chester dealt with well. Ramsey in the middle. Gareth Bale
got the shot away. Big chance for Sam Vokes. Flag up anyway. We sought
what Sam Vokes can offer. It is a good strike. The keeper there,,
Akinfeev, all kinds of trouble. Great start from Wales. He drives
inside. His favoured left foot. No question about the decision. He
clearly was offside. But Akinfeev would have been very happy to see
the flag. He made a very good save. He pushed the first back into the
danger area. Dmitri Kombarov here. Dzyuba beaten to it by Williams.
Playing a very high line, Russia. To might be a chance for the third man
run from Ramsay or if Bale think the run.
It is a strength having two very experienced central defenders but is
that a weakness, one is 34, one is 36. Sam Vokes will like playing
against them. They're both a physical presence. It is just if
Bale can get that ball and tried at them, Wales will fancy their
chances. -- drive at them. No free kick. Taylor thought he was
filed by Shirokov. -- fouled. I think it will be important for the
full-backs of Russia, Smolnikov on this right-hand side. They need to
get balls into the box for Dzyuba. Six foot five. Physically imposing.
Can they get balls into the box? Great noise. Ramsey unable to reach
it from some folks. They will have a license to get forward. When the
ball goes up to Vokes, when he gets flicked on is, I think Bale and
Ramsey can make runs in behind him. Ledley and Ramsey did well. Here is
Joe Allen. Chester under a little bit of pressure. Just look how high
the squeeze up, Russia. Chris Coleman might look at that and think
if they can get a runner from midfield, push up, they might get
caught, Russia, the longer this game goes on.
Akinfeev long. Chester had to deal with that. A little bit of help from
Chris Gunter. If Allen looks right he will have Chris Gunter. That is
where he has looked. Good decision by the referee. Gareth Bale running
into the defender. It's important that Wales switched the ball quickly
and utilise the wingbacks, Taylor and Gunter full stop play high up
the park. The switch is on but you have to do it quick. Good ball.
Taylor trying to find the run of Ramsey. Cleared away for Russia by
Ignashevich only as far as Ben Davies. Confident from James
Chester. Bale. Lovely run. It took Berezutski to make the block.
They defend the width of the 18-yard box, Russia. -- box. Switch the play
as often as you can. Look at Neil Taylor at the bottom of your
picture. Here is Chester going to Chris Gunter. That is a good looking
ball. It might come back to Kokorin. It would have done if it wasn't for
Ben Davies. I don't think that can happen for Wales defensively. They
cannot be beaten by one pass. One has to sit in front of the back
four. They both got ahead of the play. It would be worrying for me
from those two defensive midfielders for Wales. Advancing is Mamayev. Not
a great ball in. Vokes looks for Bale. Fine header. Here is Ramsey.
Three of three. Still Aaron Ramsey. Bale. In the end the white shirts
were converging. That is a Wales throw. Careless from Akinfeev.
Great opportunity for Wales on the counterattack. Three against three.
Ramsey delayed the pass. Bale wanted it early. Akinfeev made the mistake
and made sure Wales couldn't take a quick the win. That's why the
referee is having a word with him. -- quick throw in. Vokes stayed on
his feet. Well one by Joe Allen. The second favourite to that and Kokorin
was caught by surprise and Court Joe Allen. Joe Allen has had an
impressive tournament. Just got there before Kokorin. Definite free
kick and a good position for direct foot of Ramsey to whip a ball in and
test this back four and the goalkeeper and get runners across,
Chester, Davis, Bale who is great in the air. 10th minute. Wales have
started the better of the two sides. Blocked by the first defender.
Mamayev felt it was they cut already on the left eyebrow from earlier in
the tournament. Made two substitute appearances. His first start.
Chester to Joe Allen. Ramsey is onside. Aaron Ramsey with the dink
and Wales with the lead! Aaron Ramsey for Wales! Noses in front.
And if they win there is nothing anyone can do to deny them. What a
ball from Joe Allen. The Welsh hero. Where -- Russia give the ball away
cheaply. Look at the third man run from Aaron Ramsey timed absolute
perfectly. Then he has got the composure. He sees Akinfeev charging
out and he has the audacity to wait for the goalkeeper to go down and
then he thinks it over him, so cool, calm, collected, 1-0 Wales. The
perfect start. Delightful finish. But attention needed. 32-macro is
wide. -- the Cochrane. Very ambitious. Very ambitious from
Kokorin merit. Great pass. Look how cool he was, seeing Akinfeev goal
down. Russia are on the front foot now. Welsh throw. Aaron Ramsey with
his 11th goal for his country. He is a goal-scorer, he got 16 for Arsenal
in the 2013 - 2014 series. He took it so well.
Berezutski. That was decent ball. Here is the fullback, little
deflection on the cross, Williams had to adjust and did so quickly.
Kokorin going down a very ambitiously and getting nothing from
the referee. Aaron Ramsey carries it for Wales. What I like about this
Welsh start, they have not only got the goal but they have played with
the freedom, Gareth Bale is on the left and the right, dropped in deep,
another minute, he looks so dangerous, Sam a boat is in short,
Ramsay runs in the behind and that is worth the goal comes from. --
Vokes. Ramsay, given away, Shirokov.
Kombarov. Could not get it back. Ramsay was there. Here is Joe Allen.
Russian throw to be taken by 39-macro. -- Dmitri Kombarov.
I think Joe Allen has had a great tournament so far. He has seen the
run, with the inside of his foot, perfect way to pass, allowed Ramsay
to get onto it to finish it. Clash of heads. Berezutski is down
holding his face after jumping with Sam Vokes. It is strange thing, the
two twins, this is Vasili Berezutski who is down, they have been around a
long time, they have never played together in a major tournament. That
was a right old crack. Aleksei Berezutski played in 2012. Yellow
card for Sam Vokes. He has jumped, his right arm has caught Berezutski
in the face. It was not intentional, it was the way his arm caught him.
The referee has decided to book him. You see that pass from Joe Allen,
that first touts -- touch gets it out, lovely little dink into the
empty net. Just waiting for the keeper, flipped
it over him, brilliant, brilliant finish.
Wonderful ball. From a player who is enjoying an extremely good
tournament. Berezutski is back on his feet and now bandaged.
Kokorin cleared away by Williams, this might fall nicely for Wales,
Gareth Bale to Ramsay, a look to see if he could get Sam Vokes away with
an early ball but he could not. Ashley Williams has started this
game much better, a little bit nervous against England, I was not
sure if he was carrying a knock, he had a bandage on before the game,
but he did not have a bandage on tonight and he started the game
positively, winning balls in front of Dzyuba, the centre forward.
Taylor's throw. Wales fans singing the name of Gary speed. Smolnikov
with the throw. Dzyuba battling for it, a real physical presence,
21-macro. He is closed down. Rusedski -- Dzyuba. -- Berezutski.
He has done well. An excellent challenge from Ben Davies. Gareth
Bale, trying to exploit a gap in the Russian rearguard, Taylor made a
great run and it has come to Taylor, can he finish? Akinfeev saves the
first but not the second! His first ever goal for Wales! They are in
dreamland, we have not played 20 minutes yet, it is Wales two, Russia
zero! Neil Taylor, doubles the lead for Wales. Ramsay again, look where
Gareth Bale picks up the ball, that is why Sam Vokes is in their team.
That fortuitous the way it went to Taylor. He took his time, good save
then it is blasted into the net. Gareth Bale was a bit unlucky there,
but Taylor, second attempt, outside of his left foot, 2-0, Wales in
dreamland, fantastic, fantastic start. What a day on which to score
for your country, for the very first time. They have been so positive
from the first minute. Joe Allen. Taylor.
Ben Davis to Joe Allen, over the top and the flag has gone up against
Aaron Ramsey -- Ben Davies. But Russia are all over the place at the
moment and Wales are picking them off. So much time on the ball, Joe
Allen has, Ramsay went a fraction too early but the rush back four are
pushing up, it is nonsensical play from Russia. Average age of 32, two
centre has at 36 and 34, why push up so high? Joe Allen has all the time
in the world to pick any party wants. Russia are not in this game
at the moment and the next few moments of this game are crucial for
them. Because if they concede a game, they might just completely
crumble. Here they are, here is Sam Vokes, Ramsay, Gareth Bale had of
him. -- Aaron Ramsey. Kokorin coming back with the challenge, referee
says play on. Joe Ledley doors but that is through Berezutski. The
beauty of having Sam Vokes in the side, he can drop deep -- Akinfeev.
They are totally overpowering this Russian side, Chris Coleman there,
what a job he has done. Joe Allen, has another great ball.
Chris Gunter into the box, Aaron Ramsey arriving. Almost a fantastic
touch from Aaron Ramsey. Here is the goal again, look how much space on
the right that Taylor has. But fortuitous but when he was in there,
I thought he was going to square. Lucky with the rebound. So much
space the wingbacks are having for raise -- Wales.
Igor Smolnikov wins a corner for Russia. It is important that Wales
concentrate defensively, they have to stay switched on, Hennessy has
had nothing to do, everyone has to do their job, stay concentrated. The
Russians are on the rack. Wales must not give them a route back into this
game. In that goes the corner and a very good take by Hennessey. There
is a man under pressure, Leonid Slutsky.
It is his 13th game only in charge of the national team. Berezutski,
back to Akinfeev and it is unlucky 13 for him, he only played 13 games
as a professional footballer before he fell out of a tree and had to
retire. Dzyuba, Ben Davies is there. Group
winners go to play on Saturday and that is the position that Wales are
in at the moment, it could be taken away from them, but at the moment,
that is what they would be looking at. Kokorin for Russia.
Joe Ledley. Gareth Bale. Played a good advantage, the referee at Aaron
Ramsey, Sam Vokes is with him, Chris Gunter is arriving. The ball in from
Chris Gunter, Sam Vokes leads, but a comfortable save for Akinfeev.
Driving at the Russian back four. They have no protection, they are
exposed, Chris Gunter game... Dzyuba in here, crucial save. Hennessey.
That is a brilliant save from Hennessey, a long ball from
Akinfeev, they switched off, Williams has got a toe on it but
what a save. He saw the danger and got a strong left hand to it.
Warning signs for Wales, they have to concentrate.
Hennessey only got fingertips to it. Aaron Ramsey behind him. Big moments
in games, Robbie. That might be one, that save from Hennessey. It was a
good starting position. He seen the danger. A huge frame, and good
presence. Very important save. Could climb by Williams. Ledley
there. Kokorin has won it back, did well. Smolnikov with the crusts
which is put into safety by Chris Guenther. Great play. Got out there.
Good header. Here is Bale. Little deflection ticket to Shirokov. A
better spell for Russia. They were rocking after the second goal.
Dzyuba in the middle claiming a push from Ashley Williams. Williams here.
Dzyuba goes down far too easy. Williams was marking him tight. Big
centre forward has got to stay on his feet. Mamayev for Russia. Igor
Smolnikov. World Cup hosts in two years' time,
Russia, whoever is in charge then has got some rebuilding to do
because this is an ageing side. Decent ball. Smolov, blocked by
Davies can't live with Gareth Bale. Exhilarating. , Vokes! Akinfeev
prevents a third. Ramsey, Allen. Bale! A really good header. Oh,
Gareth Bale! Scintillating run. Once again they cannot live with them.
Driving again. You see the cross here from Ramsey. Given offside but
still a great leap. Nine headed goals this season. He can puff his
cheeks out because you getting battered. Fantastic first half-hour
for Chris Coleman's Wales. 2-0 up and that flatters Russia. Here they
come again. Joe Allen. All the way. Still going. Bale. Oh, the referee
had a good view of that and decided it was not a foul. This is not only
one of the best performances by Wales in this tournament, the first
half-hour has arguably been the best half-hour by anybody in this
turnaround. Scintillating stuff on the counterattack. Good defensively.
Shirokov here. Chester got his head on it. Port touch from the big
centre have. The big centre forward, Dzyuba. He -- here we see Bale go
into the box. Ignashevich, Gareth Bale fix it over him. It is not a
foul from me. Look how he drives through. That should have been a
foul. Vokes has got to stick the ball in the back of the net. Ramsey,
well it. Akinfeev shovelling it around the post. This could be four
or five and that is no exaggeration. Great strike. Could have played
Chris Guenther in but why doesn't he catch the ball, Akinfeev. -- Chris
Gunter. Irrepressible, ruthless Wales. Tearing Russia to this thread
is here. -- caring Russia to shreds. The a word for Dmitri Kombarov and
Jill Ledley. -- Joe Ledley. Ramsey's corner. Vokes got a head on
it but couldn't direct it. Every time the ball goes into the box,
Wales look like scoring. The Russia team have no protection from the
back four. They don't go with runners. Just have to say, Chris
Coleman... If they can get another one by half-time it will put it to
bed. The deflection and it is a corner to
Russia. Kokorin is not the most energetic players. It is on strike.
Hennessey would have had it covered. Could have closed the ball down a
bit quicker. Corner kick. Dmitri Kombarov. Ramsey at the back post.
This little breakthrough. You can see why Kokorin was hailed
as the bright young thing of Russian football. Now. But had a decent
World Cup in 2014. -- now 25. Offside. Good defensive line. Lead
so well at the back by Astley Williams. It is Davies at the bottom
of the picture by delays and has got that wrong I think. I thought he was
level. Scored eight goals in eight games in qualifying, Dzyuba, but
five of them were against lips and Steyn. Kind of takes the gloss off
that a little. -- Lipson Steyn. A decent little touch to Shirokov.
Foul by Neil Taylor. Kokorin. Early ball in. James Chester with the
block. That pass from Ramsey is stretching the Russians. It is
Gareth Bale. Bail's shop. -- shot. He is in the mood. When Russia
attack, it breaks down, the recovery runs in the middle of the park,
nonexistent. Bale has so much space and time to relax the back four of
Russia. Very poor Russian side. I played
against them in 2003. They were big and strong and physical and
energetic. Knocked the Wales side out of the play-offs 1-0. So
disappointed. But tonight there is no energy in the side whatsoever.
Little knock-down. Dzyuba trying to get around Chris Guenther. Can't so.
Port touch from Joe Allen. My treat his first error of the half. --
might be. That was a decent ball in. James Chester getting himself in
front of Dzyuba. We are top of the league is the
song. So they are. Hennessey thought about coming. Here is Bale. He has
turned it away from one and he is running at Ignashevich and
Berezutski and has got the pace to beat both of them. Akinfeev at the
moment must feel like using a coconut shy. Once again, Bale
playing deep and picking the ball up. This Russian back four. They
don't do what has had them. The protection in front... Good touch.
Dangerous cross. Just a little bit too high but only just. Smolnikov
did what he could to get a head on it. That was a good touch by
Williams. A few nervous moments. Linked onto the head of Ashley
Williams. Kombarov with a shot was deflected at least twice. Composure.
Playing out of defence. Crosses from Russia. Guenther and Leslie --
Ledley with a clearance. It is a poor ball. Just look at Gunter. Just
done enough to put him off at the back post. You have to say, the
protection being offered to Ignashevich, Mamayev, absolutely
nonexistent. That is allowing Ramsey is Bale to do what they want and
drive into the space into the back four.
Bale here for Russia. -- Smolnikov. Smolnikov. Comfortably wide off the
head of Mamayev. Aeroplane with such a freedom, this
Welsh side tonight,, they looked nervous, did not play the football
we have been accustomed to and Chris Coleman, but tonight, at times, the
energy and desire they have played with, their desire to score goals
have been brilliant. The red shirts are knocking the ball about
delightedly while the red hordes sing the anthem. Into the last
minute of the first half, normal time anyway of that half.
Taylor. Dangerous ball in, Sergei Ignashevich with the clearance for
Russia. He is still going for a goal, Taylor crossed the ball, Chris
Gunter was in the box. Fourth official is roaming out with
his board. Just the one added minute. Not quite sure where the
Russian coach starts with his team talk, I do not think Chris Coleman
has to say too much at all. Chester in quickly. The desire of Chester,
now the pace of Gareth Bale, the running of Aaron Ramsey to his left,
here is Aaron Ramsey, blocked by Smolnikov. Joe Ledley. Too close to
Akinfeev. No exaggeration to say that for -- except for the Russian
goalkeeper, Wales could be in front by about four or five goals.
Kokorin. Smolov. Hennessey is there. A decent save. A decent strike.
Wales have worked harder than Russia, they have run faster than
Russia, they have been cleverer than Russia and they have been so much
better than Russia. They are bewitched, bothered, bewildered the
Russians and almost down and out, Wales and seven heaven, it is 2-0 to
Wales. The second half gets underway. Wales
having completely outplayed the Russians in that first 45 minutes
and a dangerous ball in from Sam Vokes is applauded by Gareth Bale
and put behind for a corner by Aleksei Berezutski. They have
started positive, on the front foot, put the ball into the box.
Berezutski, no one nearing, heads out for a corner. Aaron Ramsey takes
it short. Powered by Berezutski, Joe Allen is
there. He was a little but unlucky with the Mr kick. Dmitri Kombarov.
Joe Allen knocked over after the ball had gone, the Russian
apologises. Here is Aaron Ramsey. Gareth Bale. Going outside,
Ignashevich. No protection for the two centre halves of Russia or the
freedom in the world, on his left foot. Decent save from the
goalkeeper. Joe Allen weaving through the white shirts.
Neil Taylor's last goal, Robbie, was as Iraq's player playing non-league
football. Been a long, long wait -- Wrexham. He was lucky to square it.
Decent save by Akinfeev, headed down, smashed into the empty net.
Gareth Bell against Ignashevich. Tries to go across Akinfeev,
comfortable save -- Gareth Bale. He scored two free kicks, but he is
playing with the freedom and I think that has helped him having Sam Vokes
in the side. Chris Coleman made good substitutions in the opening game
against Slovakia, he has his tactics spot on here today.
Offside flag up against Sam Vokes, but the referee from Sweden says
play on, Russia have the ball. Williams in. All three centre halves
tonight, Ben Davies, Williams, Chester are positive in defending
and when the ball from the Russian players. That is well read by Ben
Davies from Glushakov. Aaron Ramsey. Joe Allen keeps Wales moving in the
right direction. Gareth Bale. Aaron Ramsey. Great ball, Chris Gunter,
Sam Vokes is in the middle. It could almost have crept into the near post
off Berezutski but it is a corner. Great attacking play down the
right-hand side, great timing, great run from Chris Gunter, Berezutski
does so well at the near post, if he misses it, Sam Vokes would have had
a tap in. There is only one side threatening to score at the moment.
And they are wearing the red shirts with the Dragon on the chest. In it
goes from Aaron Ramsey. Berezutski got a touch helped on by Shirokov.
At times, watching Wales tonight you would think they had an extra man,
they have been that dominant. This Russian team are so lethargic.
Gareth Bale, away to Chris Gunter, look at the space for Chris Gunter
and Aaron Ramsey. Aaron Ramsey, in behind Sam Vokes, Smolnikov trying
to inject some pace into the rushing game. Chester comes across and he is
dispossessed. -- Russian. Another Russian substitution. No sign of any
improvement in the opening moments of the second half, Shirokov goes
off, Golovin comes on. Golovin started each of the first two
matches in the Euros for the Russians. He will at least bring
some younger legs into the side, he has only just turned 20. And the
captain's armband will go all the way back to Akinfeev.
Joe Allen in quickly, Aaron Ramsey is there, that is brilliant. He is
fouled. Fantastic footwork. Joe Allen and Ramsey, third game of the
tournament, they have done exceptionally well, the pair of
them. One thing I will say, because Wales are so comfortable in
possession, so good on the counterattack, it is important that
Ashley Williams speaks to Chester and Ben Davies so that they stay
concentrated and switched on. So comfortable for them. Joe Allen.
Smashed away by Ignashevich, here is Neil Taylor again. Smolnikov
forward. Kokorin. Dmitri Kombarov. It is a way to Smolnikov. Mamayev.
-- away. Kokorin. Smolov looking to get the shot away, it can and up
onto the chest of Ashley Williams. Dmitri Kombarov. That was dangerous.
Still in play. Great ball in from Dmitri Kombarov. It just needed
Dzyuba or Mamayev to get it. Sam Vokes has got away, Gareth Bale in
the middle. Akinfeev again. Such good work from Sam Vokes. Look at
the timing of the pass from Aaron Ramsey. Gareth Bale has tried to dig
it over the legs of Akinfeev. Good save from the goalkeeper, just got
his toe to the ball. Once again, devastating counterattack from
Wales. It is only Akinfeev who has denied Wales. One man resisted at
the moment, the corner in from Aaron Ramsey. Neil Taylor.
I'm not quite sure it's that had a day for him. Great ball into the box
from Kombarov. Nobody running across the goalkeeper.
Just a little push bike Chris Gunter. A bit too eager to win the
ball in front of Smolov. A great ball from Hennessey to
Ramsey. Ignashevich getting across. Bale has got to the back post.
Clipped to Ramsey. Knocked over. And a buzz of excitement about the
ground because it is a Welsh free kick. Golovin just barges into
Allen. Free kick to Wales. Bale's header, sorry. He can do it again,
can he? You could say he has been helped out by two goalkeepers with
his first two in this tournament. Not much of a wall, -- Akinfeev
should have a good view of this. Cameras are ready. Bale. Akinfeev
knew that his goal was not under threat. Decent strike from Bale. The
wall split. Wasn't the bravest wallet ever seen. The keeper would
have had it covered. -- wall. Mamayev. Away by Davies. Russia have
a throw. The only other game I can think of that I have been present
that in this tournament when one side was so dominant with the other
was Croatia against the Czech Republic. You may render that
Croatia led 2-0 and it is 2-2. -- remember. That third goal cannot
come soon enough I would have thought for Chris Coleman. They have
had their chances to get the third. He will want that. Then he can make
substitutions. Kokorin back to Slutsky. Cross
behind Dzyuba. Headed firmly away by Chris Gunter.
Possession for Russia but no great threat. Ignashevich's pass rebranded
and Bale is running at them again. Skips around two again. Really good
covering by Golovin. As you say, good cover. Golovin tracking back.
Full stop Ledley to get away from him.
You just feel a little bit of new impetus behind Russia, maybe.
Ball in. A difficult balancing one. Decent spell in the game for Russia.
Kombarov has put a couple of good balls into the box.
Good header by Vokes. Great centre forward play. Bale lurking on the
edge of the deed. -- D. You feel Russia goal away from complete
capitulation. -- one goal away from stop -- one goal away.
I think he was Wales' Maliki match or the Man of the Match against
Slovenia and he has got a very good shout of being Man of the Match
again, Joe Allen. -- a reaction here. The yellow card for Mamayev
and I think he is saying that Joe Allen had a party to play in this as
well. It was a feisty old chance. -- part to play. Joe Allen doesn't need
to react. He has had a fantastic game. He doesn't need to go back.
Stay out of the way. There is a round of 16 to play and you don't
want to be suspended. 20th minute of the second half.
Bale. Lovely ball, and downward header and Joe Ledley wasn't far
away from getting on the end of that. Great ball in from Bale. Very
little backlift. Vokes with the header. Ledley just couldn't reach
out, maybe could have thrown himself at it with his head. 2-0 doesn't
truly begin to reflect Wales' superiority. They are playing with a
smile on their face and a freedom. Tactically once again Chris Coleman
has got it spot on. When will they look to make substitutions? Will he
want that third goal? There was able bit of gloom about Wales watchers
when they were badly beaten in Stockholm in the last warm up game
just before the tournament. That has been completely dispersed. By what
they have achieved in the group stages here in France. The opening
game of the tournament against Slovakia was the first time Chris,
had his full squad together, the first time since Andorra in the
qualifying campaign in the friendly he didn't have his strongest team
but when they got their strongest team, as we have seen already,
Slovakia competed well against England but didn't get the result,
tonight at times they were devastating. Aaron Ramsey. Backing
off him. Weaving it through to Bale. He is onside. Surely this time.
There is the man and there is the man with the plan. Wales 3-0 Russia.
Is so much space on this right-hand side. A great diagonal from Ledley.
Gunter gives the bold to Ramsey. No protection for the back four. But
just look at the run. Vokes would have been in an offside position. He
was clever enough to leave it for Bale and he sees the keeper rushing
out. Just watch how he composed himself and takes a touch, outside
of his left foot. Fix it over Akinfeev. What a finish. 3-0 Wales.
Three goals for Bale and the competition. You're looking there at
Euro 2016scorer. -- top scorer. So easy for Wales. What a performance.
Now the score line begins to reflect Wales' supercar -- superiority. Bale
round the corner to Ramsey. Bale once they return. -- wants the
return. The Welsh fans singing, we want four. Can you believe it? In a
major tournament. The first time since 1958. Playing the might of
Russia. Welsh fans singing, we want four. Aleksandr Samedov was about to
come on for Russia. You will be their final substitution. Here's
Taylor. Chris Coleman now can start to think about substitutions himself
I would think. Because this game is won.
Samedov comes on. You would have forgiven if there was a queue to
come off but the man to come off is Fyodor Smolov. As impressive as
Wales have been, Russia have been woeful. Vokes and still. No angle
for him. He'll want to go tonight, -- want a goal tonight, Vokes. He
has led the line well. His physical presence has brought people into
play. He has allowed runners in behind him. Good performance from
the Welsh centre forward, some books. -- Sam Vokes.
I am wondering what Cristiano Ronaldo makes of Gareth Bale
grabbing this competition by the scruff of the neck? Here is Joe
Allen. Aaron Ramsey. Might be just the time now to take
off Gareth Bale, possibly Aaron Ramsey... I think Dave Edwards has
been given the shout to get ready to come on. Personally, I would like to
see Andy Keane given a run out. I think he is getting the call as
well, I think it is going to be a double change -- Andy King. Aaron
Ramsey knocked over. If anyone at these Euros did not
know that tune before, they do now. Gareth Bale. There is an argument to
say, Steve, toward the end of last season, Gareth Bale and Real Madrid
for a month or so, was possibly the best player in the world. Ronaldo,
Lionel Messi are probably better players but for that month, he was
devastating, coming to this competition, as it stands, three
goals in three games, mesmerising. Sam Vokes, sorry, Robbie. Dave
Edwards is certainly going to be on for Wales shortly, their header from
James Chester. -- the header. Just look there, Gareth Bale and Aaron
Ramsey laughing, smiling, enjoying playing. Joe Allen. Blocked by
Glushakov. He has been terrific again,
absolutely terrific, Joe Allen. We see his past, the weight of it,
precision and then for Aaron Ramsey just to lob the ball over the
goalkeeper, brilliant Joe Allen, what performance, what a tournament
Joe Allen has had so far. The Italian Joe Allen was not too bad
either, what was he, Pirlo? David Edwards is an. Wales are on song.
Russia are on the rack. Wales on top of Group B. Dave Edwards.
Chester to Ledley. Andy King is coming on for Wales. He has had to
wait patiently in this tournament. Joe Ledley wants to come off. He
might have been coming off anyway. He certainly wants to come off now.
Smolnikov with a good turn of pace, matched by Taylor.
Gareth Bale same to Joe Ledley, go down. I think it is cramped, he was
stretching his calf. Bit of cramp. Did so well to get here. Fantastic
performance once again from Joe Ledley. Great to see Andy King,
Premier League winner with Leicester City, but Joe Ledley was fantastic
once again. Fractured fibula at the beginning of May... He makes way
with 15 minutes to go for Andy King. Neil Taylor with this throw win for
Wales. Ashley Williams. -- throw in. The last Russian substitute. Dmitri
Kombarov. Kokorin. Smolnikov, dispossessed by Edwards.
No foul on Sam Vokes. Kokorin, that was a foul by Chester. Defended very
well tonight, James Chester. Bit too eager there are two when the ball,
definite foul. Glushakov and Ignashevich are showing a bit of
interest in this. Wayne Hennessey will want a clean sheet, goalkeepers
are like that. Ignashevich is going to batter this. Hopelessly
optimistically. Really, really poor free kick. You're going to see the
goal from Gareth Bale, Sam Vokes left it for him, first touch
perfect, outside of his left foot. He will not reach that, way too much
on the pass. Extremely pure, Russia, no energy in their play, the passing
has been awful, no protection from the back four for the midfielders.
Absolutely terrible performance from Russia, as good as Wales have been,
as good as they have been on the counterattack, it is one of the
worst Russian performances I have seen in a long, long time.
You can only beat what is put in front of you and Wales have done
that with gusto and birth and a joy in their play. -- verve. If teams
are watching this Wales performance tonight, they will not fancy them in
the last 16, especially with Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen,
defensively than three at the back look strong... Aggressive in their
defending. Taylor. Kokorin. Dmitri Kombarov. Glushakov.
Berezutski. The sliding block from Andy King, Taylor. The flick from
Aaron Ramsey, Sam Vokes, Gareth Bale. Chris Gunter. David Edwards.
The ball is still in play. Gareth Bale. Andy King.
I think we just sit back, not speak and enjoy this all day. It must be
agonising from the Russians, quite a few of their fans are heading away,
actually. You cannot blame them. When did a Russian last touch the
ball? Gareth Bale to Aaron Ramsey. So is a dummy to the crowd there,
they sign too early. -- sold. -- dying.
Going to be another change, Chris Coleman is bringing on Simon Church.
And listen now to the ovation for the man who has three goals in as
many games this European Championship.
He is being applauded by the Russian fans as well, Robbie, that tells you
something. Good decision by Chris Coleman. Taking off Batman Gareth
Bale, keeping him for the next round. -- that man. Brilliant
performance. In this tournament, the way he ended the season, the
question I would ask at this moment in time, is he the best player in
the world? Well, there will be a few young Russian football fans no doubt
heading home over the next day or two who will go away from this
tournament at least able to say, I sought Gareth Bale play, because
they will not have much else to cheer about in this tournament.
Chester. Nice flick from Chris Gunter to Dave Edwards. This is
Glushakov for Russia. It is one of the most one-sided
games I have seen in a European Championships and I have been
watching it for a number of years, these tournaments. For Wales to come
out under Elizabeth of pressure after conceding late on against
England, they have come out with an energy, they have looked like they
could score, defensively they have been solid. I little mistake from
Chris Brunt. Dzyuba, over the bar. -- a little mistake. Scant
consolation it should have been, but he could have scored. Fantastic ball
into the box. He is stretching. The six foot five Russian, Dzyuba, has
got to score there. It is a great ball across, great pace on it, pass
to score. Akinfeev way. -- away. Chester.
Whether Wales were to win Group B or not was really out of their hands.
All they could control was winning their match. And waiting to see if
that could be enough. But they have absolutely been in control of
everything that they could have controlled. At the moment as results
stand they will indeed win Group B. That could change but it does mean
they would play against one of the third placed teams. And that could
be advantageous to them. Samedov will take the free kick for Russia.
Very poorly. Just listen to the stands now. --
fans. Absolute credit to the country of Wales. They have enjoyed
themselves. Sung their hearts out. This link to them and watching this
team play with and passion. King just unable to find Chris
Gunter. Ignashevich was there. Given away to Aaron Ramsey. Might just
sort through here, Aaron Ramsey. Deflected behind by Ignashevich. He
has been brilliant, Ramsey. Decided to go across Ivanov -- Ignashevich
onto his right foot. Lock from the Russian defender. Ramsey's corner.
Ashley Williams header. The biggest ever margin of victory
in their European Championship finals match was by five goals. This
happened a few times. They don't think Wales are going to match that.
There is an time. But they could have done. -- isn't time.
Sam Vokes has done well tonight. He has one files, led the line well.
Clever. The third goal, knew he was in an offside decision. Good
decision from Chris Coleman. Here comes Samedov. Dzyuba is there
as well for Russia in the vain hope of getting anything back. Just two
added minutes to play. Ramsey. Simon Church chasing. You have to give the
Russian goalkeeper some credit. Very good and very experienced goalkeeper
and he has been let down by those in front of him today. He has done more
than anyone in the Russian side the score down. The desire to keep the
ball out of the net by the substitute. Once they blocked the
shot they want to keep a clean sheet.
Russian corner. Dzyuba wins the battle and puts it over the bar.
Took the ball down well. Almost overcome with the absolute
joy of it. That's what it means to these funds. Look at them. -- fans.
Unbelievable passion, spirit. Moved to tears by sheer pride. Pride is
the word. What a night to be a Welshman. The whistle has gone.
Wales are through. Chris Coleman got everything right. Cracking from
Coleman. Exemplary from Allen. Ramsey was rampant and Bale was
absolutely brilliant. Wales 3-0 Russia. We said before there was
more to come from this group. This is not the end of the tournament.
This group of players are on the way to something else. The weight is
more success. This is just a part of the journey they are on. Me and my
staff are just glad we are honoured with them. How far can you go? I
don't know. We never know. We have to see who we get next. Like we
certainly start we play with no fear. Why should we have any fear?
We knew everything was on the skin. It was in our hands and we just said
to go out there and enjoy ourselves -- on this game. The performance was
one of the best I have been of an emboldened since I have been here.
What support, what an amazing way to do it. We move on now. Here we are.
Another milestone for Welsh football. The journey in this
competition continues. They know travel to Paris as group winners
after England's draw against Slovakia. One of the teams Wales
could face in the last 16, Northern Ireland, they take on world
champions Germany on Tuesday. A game you can watch live on BBC One. But
from a triumphant Welsh team in goodbye.
# Dream on, dream on, dream on, dream on, dream on, on...
MUSIC: Home Again by Michael Kiwanuka
# One day I know I'll feel home again
Once upon a time, there was a great and glorious king.
But they would all see you destroyed.
MUSIC: Kings Of The Wild Frontier by Adam The Ants
How much pain before you get what you want?!