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Euro 2016: Wales hammer Russia to top Group B, England finish second

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A terrific team performance from Wales saw the European Championship minnows advance to the last 16 as winners of Group B courtesy of a 3-0 thumping of Russia with Aaron Ramsey, Neil Taylor and Gareth Bale grabbing the goals. The result coupled with England playing out a nil-nil draw against Slovakia meant that Russia were eliminated from the competition, England also advance to the last 16 as Group B runners-up, while Slovakia have an excellent chance of going through as one of the best 4 third place teams finishing the group stage with 4 points.

The Wales - Russia contest was the one to watch today and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey gave Wales an 11th minute lead, producing an outstanding chipped finish over Igor Akinfeev after having been played through on goal by a gorgeous pass from Liverpool man Joe Allen.

Wales doubled their lead 9 minutes later as left wingback Neil Taylor found himself played through on goal by a deflection off a Russia defender, and though his first attempt was kept out by Akinfeev, the ball fell to his left foot a second time, and on this occasion with less time on hand to think about it, he just smashed it into the back of the net.

Wales made the points safe midway through the second half as Ramsey this time turned provider, playing an excellent pass for Gareth Bale, who managed to squeeze his effort in to the back of the net with the outside of his left foot, via the shins of Akinfeev.

Jamie VardyEngland meanwhile had chances galore once again to beat Slovakia, and Manager Roy Hodgson will no doubt earn criticism for having fiddled around with his starting eleven a bit too much today, having made 6 changes, but despite that the Three Lions had enough opportunities to score, but were let down again by their finishing, though some dogged defending from Slovakia, who played with 10 men behind the ball, didn't help matters either. Liverpool centre back Martin Skrtel had an excellent game in the heart of defence for Slovakia, while England will rue some missed chances in the first half, though credit must be given to Slovakian keeper Matus Kozacik for producing a couple of excellent saves to deny Jamie Vardy and Adam Lallana.

As their reward, Wales will face one of the third placed teams in the next round in Paris on Sunday, while England will head to Nice where they will take on the Runners-up of Group F, a position currently held by Iceland. Slovakia meanwhile are extremely likely to be in the last 16 themselves, but they will need to wait and watch what happens over the next couple of days to learn their fate.

Final Score:

England 0-0 Slovakia

Wales 3-0 Russia (Ramsey 11', Taylor 20', Bale 67')