Wales knew exactly what they needed to do against Russia.
A win would guarantee safe passage into the knockout stages and could even see them top Group B meaning an easier tie in the last-16.
An early goal would have been exactly what Chris Coleman would have been praying for and that’s exactly what Aaron Ramsey delivered after just 10 minutes in Toulouse.
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The Welsh had started brightly and took the lead after Joe Allen’s superb through ball found Arsenal’s Ramsey running through on goal.
Ramsey still had a lot to do but lifted the ball superbly over the onrushing Igor Akinfeev. It was a glorious little dink by the blonde haired midfielder.
After Wales’ devastating last-minute defeat on England on Thursday, this kind of start was exactly what the side needed for their confidence.
That confidence was evident just nine minutes later when Wales doubled their lead. Gareth Bale was tackled and the ball found its way to marauding left-back Neil Taylor.
The defender’s first effort was saved but he made sure at the second time of asking. It gave Wales a 2-0 lead and put them on the brink of qualification.
As it stands, Wales will go through as group winners while England would have to settle for second as they’re being held by Slovakia.
England now know that if Wales hold onto their commanding lead, they must beat Slovakia in Saint Etienne in order to go through as group winners.
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