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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.

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An inspired double substitution at half-time by England Manager Roy Hodgson saw the Three Lions turn around a first half deficit courtesy goals from Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge as England edged out neighbours Wales 2-1 in a passionate contest in Lille.

Trailing 1-0 at the break due to some poor goalkeeping by Joe Hart that allowed Gareth Bale to score from yet another freekick, England Manager Roy Hodgson made the gutsy decision to withdraw striker Harry Kane and winger Raheem Sterling after a less than inspiring showing from the duo in the tournament thus far.

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Wales and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey says it is about time for his national side to beat England, whom they meet in a Euro 2016 fixture in Lens on Thursday.

Wales are aiming for their first victory over their neighbours since 1984. This, however, is a crucial tie for both sides as they are looking to make it to the Last 16.

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Football Association (FA) chairman Greg Dyke has written to European football's governing body UEFA raising serious concerns over security arrangements ahead of England's Euro Cup clash with Wales. The Group B clash between Russia and England in Marseille on Friday witnessed extensive violence between both sets of fans before and after the match.

The violence left at least 35 people injured - most of them English - including a 50-year-old Englishman who is battling for his life in a hospital.

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Former English football star David Beckham has said that next Thursday's match between England and Wales, in the second round of Group B in Euro 2016, will not be easy.

England began their campaign in the European Championship in France with a 1-1 draw against Russia in Marseille, and next Thursday will face their neighbours Wales in Lens.

"I think we'll beat them but I don't think it's going to be easy because (Wales coach) Chris Coleman has done such a great job with the lads and they've got such a great, strong team spirit," Beckham said on Monday.

The 41-year-old, who played for England 115 times, also praised Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale for playing a good season and scoring a great goal in Wales' 2-1 win against Slovakia.

 

 

The battle of the European Championships debutants went the way of Wales as they saw off a spirited second half display from Slovakia to emerge victorious by a 2-1 scoreline thanks to an 80th minute winner from substitute Hal Robson-Kanu.

Marek Hamšík came exceptionally close to giving Slovakia the early lead, beating three Welsh defenders and leaving rookie Liverpool keeper Danny Ward on his backside only to see his goalbound effort cleared by the exceptional Ben Davies, who made a last ditch clearance to deny the Napoli man a certain goal.

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He is the biggest star in the Wales football team, but Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has denied being under extra pressure ahead of their campaign at the European Championships.

"I want to enjoy myself on the football pitch, like you do when you're a kid," Bale was quoted as saying by the BBC on Thursday.

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