Goals from Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale ensure perfect finish to Euro 2016 qualifiers

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After 57 long years of waiting, Wales have secured their place at next year's European Championships in France - their first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

Played in front of a tumultuous crowd at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday night, Chris Coleman's Red Dragons ended their qualifying campaign in style with a 2-0 win over Andorra, adding to the hysteria amongst fans.

Despite a disappointing defeat to Bosnia and Herzegovina over the weekend, Israel’s shock defeat to minnows Cyprus saw Wales confirm their names on the roster for Euro 2016. Therefore, going into Tuesday's game, many forgot that there was even a football match taking place - the evening consisted merely of pure celebration and jubilation. 


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Only the miniscule nation of Andorra and its failure-riddled sporting history stood in the way of Coleman’s men achieving victory, though Wales made their win far more difficult than necessary.

Ultimately, though, their opponents were lacking any quality that could have threatened - Andorra were simply no match.

The first 45 minutes saw pure frustration, however, with the clash entering the break goalless. The breakthrough eventually came in the form of Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey, who pounced on a rebound from an Ashley William’s header to put the champagne firmly on ice.

A strike from national talisman Gareth Bale sealed the deal as the Welsh cruised to a 2-0 victory over their brittle opposition.

The game saw Wales’ qualifying come full circle - after all, they faced Andorra in their first group fixture and scraped a 2-1 win.

Since that nail-biting night in Andorra la Vella, which saw the home side score their first competitive goal in four years, Wales have put Belgium to the sword and qualified in style. There is no doubt they have come a long way.

Even Welsh legends such as Ryan Giggs and Ian Rush couldn’t quite steer their sides to a major competition, but with the truly special talent that is Bale, alongside the creative exploits of Ramsey and managerial nous of Coleman, Wales have finally made it to dreamland.

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