Wales fans react to baffling Simon Church substitution versus Portugal

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2-0 down to Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo in a Euro 2016 semi-final, it’s a certainly a situation where you need goals and clinical finishing.

However, in a baffling substitution, Wales have taken off their match winner against Slovakia and Belgium in favour of a League One forward.

It’s fair to say the introduction of Simon Church has seen Wales fans scratching their heads.


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Goals from Ronaldo and Nani saw Wales’ chances of a dream Euro 2016 final place suffer a serious blow. It saw Chris Coleman’s men in desperate need to claw back at the deficit.

The last man supporters were expecting to enter the field was Church however. This is a man, after all, who will be facing the likes of Rochdale and Bury next season for his newly relegated MK Dons.

In fact, the 27-year-old has only scored three times for Wales in 37 caps.

His club record is even more embarrassing. 19 strikes in his last 100 club outings for MK Dons, Aberdeen and Charlton Athletic respectively is certainly an underwhelming turnover.

Given Wales are trying to overcome a team with a four-time Ballon d’Or winner up front, Church’s arrival has triggered sheer confusion.

What rubs salt in the wound is the fact that Hal Robson-Kanu was the man leaving the pitch as a result. The free agent has been one of Wales’ finest players in France and scored a wonder goal against Belgium.

Twitter reacts

Unsurprisingly, supporters have angrily taken to Twitter in light of the substitution. Here are the pick of the Tweets:

Wales have certainly come unstuck in Lyon and the decision to bring on Church hasn’t helped inspire a comeback. Giving a player his first kick of a ball at an international tournament in a do-or-die fixture is certainly an odd move.

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