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TITLE TEAMS: Northern Ireland v Wales
Saturday, June 25, 2016
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WalesWAL
1
 
0
Northern IrelandNIR
G. McAuley (og) 75' 1-0 
NIRG. McAuley (og) 75' 1-0
HT: 0-0
Parc des Princes (Attendance: 44,342)
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Stats  |  Match Report
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Wales vs. Northern Ireland
Minute Commentary
90' MCAULEY'S NIGHTMARE SENDS WALES TO QUARTER-FINALS
Nightmares came true for poor Gareth McAuley, whose own goal gave Wales a 1-0 win over Northern Ireland in the sides’ Euro 2016 second-round tie at Parc des Princes. It was the 75th minute when Gareth Bale sent a superb low cross into the danger zone, where the experienced centre back had to stretch to stop the ball from reaching Hal Robson-Kanu and ended up diverting it into his own net. That seemed harsh on Northern Ireland, who had been the pick of the two sides, with Stuart Dallas and Jamie Ward both drawing excellent saves from Wayne Hennessey. Sam Vokes went close with a header from an Aaron Ramsey cross, but Wales struggled to create chances until their 75th-minute winner. Chanting from both magnificent sets of supporters echoed around the stadium long after the final whistle, but only Wales progress to play either Hungary or Belgium on Friday.
90' FULL TIME WALES 1 NORTHERN IRELAND 0
Gareth Bale heads away a Niall McGinn corner at the front post, and at that the referee blows for full time; Wales are through to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016!
90' YELLOW CARD
Shortly after Hennessey punches away another long Magennis throw-in, Aaron Ramsey picks up a booking for kicking the ball away in an effort to waste time.
90' PRESSURE VALVE
Wayne Hennessey springs from his line to bravely catch Josh Magennis' long throw-in from the left. That's what Wales need to calm things down during the four minutes of stoppage time that have been signalled.
87' WILLIAMS SOLDIERS ON
For a moment it looks as if Ashley Williams will have to be withdrawn; since that collision with Jonny Williams the defender has been holding his arm, and now he sits down on the pitch grimacing. Chris Coleman is about to send on James Collins when Williams gets up and decides to somehow battle through the obvious pain.
84' SUBSTITUTION
Northern Ireland throw caution to the wind, introducing centre forward Josh Magennis for centre back Gareth McAuley.
82' WILLIAMS-ON-WILLIAMS VIOLENCE
Ashley Williams and Jonny Williams accidentally collide at top speed as the Wales skipper clears out a dangerous ball, and the doctors are onto the pitch straight away to administer treatment to the shaken namesakes.
79' SUBSTITUTION
Niall McGinn is sent on to see whether he can swing things Ireland's way, with Norwood retiring to the sidelines.
78' COUNTER DANGER
Now that Northern Ireland have to chase the game, they could be ripe for Wales to pick off on the counter-attack. Michael O'Neill's side have been superior on balance and can feel highly aggrieved at how things are turning out.
75' GOAL!!! WALES
A period of Welsh pressure bears fruit as they finally take the lead! Aaron Ramsey passes out to Gareth Bale on the left, and the forward whips an awesome low cross into the danger area. GARETH MCAULEY, forced to intervene to stop it from reaching Hal Robson-Kanu, is distraught to see his stretching interception trickle into his own net.
72' CHESTER BIDES HIS TIME
James Chester follows Lafferty all the way as the Northern Ireland man chases Norwood's long ball into the area. A perfectly-timed tackle inside the box then returns the ball to Wales' possession; a superb piece of defending.
69' SUBSTITUTION
Michael O'Neill finally decides to make a change, replacing Ward with Conor Washington, who will play up front alongside his fellow striker Kyle Lafferty.
67' YELLOW CARD
Steven Davis, determined to stop Bale any way he can, is shown a yellow card after charging in late on his feted opponent.
66' BALE MOBBED
Whenever Gareth Bale gets the ball, a swarm of Irish players suddenly appear out of nowhere and more often than not hustle him off it. They've done brilliantly to keep the world's most expensive player quiet for so much of this game.
63' SUBSTITUTION
Jonny Williams is sent on to replace Joe Ledley, who we must remember has only just recovered from that broken leg.
61' WELSH RISING
As they did in the first half, Wales are progressively establishing greater control on proceedings through the composed passing of Allen and Ramsey.
58' YELLOW CARD
Gareth Bale skips around Norwood and goes to ground at a slight touch, the ref instantly signalling a free kick 20 yards out. Bale naturally takes it himself, fizzing his effort over the wall and drawing a top save from Michael McGovern. Norhern Ireland try to break, but Jamie Ward is hacked down by Neil Taylor, who is promptly cautioned.
56' NORWOOD HITS ONE
Oliver Norwood intercepts a poor sideways pass by Joe Allen and goes for goal from a long way out; the shot bounces threateningly towards the near post, but Wayne Hennessey is able to dive to his right and hold it.
55' SUBSTITUTION
Vokes' reward for missing that chance is to be withdrawn from the action, with Chris Coleman sending on Hal Robson-Kanu in his place.
53' SO CLOSE FROM VOKES
Aaron Ramsey sends in an excellent diagonal cross from deep, and Sam Vokes gets away from Craig Cathcart to power a header only just wide of the right-hand post. That was Wales' best chance of the game so far.
49' WHITE DAWN
Northern Ireland have burst out of the blocks, with Kyle Lafferty and Steven Davis both taking on several men on enterprising runs towards goal before being blocked off at the last moment.
46' SECOND HALF
The teams are back out and the second half is underway, with neither manager having made any changes at the break. Both sets of fans are still displaying the incredible levels of support they've been giving all match.
45' NO GOALS YET
As expected, the first half hasn’t been awash with close misses, but it’s not for want of trying; both Wales and Northern Ireland have put everything into this and still have plenty in the tank. It’s Ireland who have had the better of the chances; Stuart Dallas saw a close-range effort saved by Wayne Hennessey, and the Wales keeper later pulled off a super stop to keep out Jamie Ward’s long-range strike. Kyle Lafferty sent a thumping header over the crossbar, while for Wales Aaron Ramsey prodded a Sam Vokes header past Michael McGovern and into the net, only for the effort to be rightly disallowed for offside. Stay tuned for all the action after the break.
45' HALF TIME WALES 0 NORTHERN IRELAND 0
We've reached the break here at Parc des Princes, where the game remains goalless.
44' YELLOW CARD
Dallas slides in recklessly on Gareth Bale over by the touchline and catches the Real Madrid man with the ball long gone, earning himself the first yellow card of the match.
43' TEMPERS FRAYING
With half time fast approaching, the game is heating up with late tackles flying in all over the pitch.
40' IRELAND ON TOP
This time it's Ben Davies who jumps to reach the ball before Craig Cathcart can convert Norwood's free kick at the back post. Northern Ireland are turning the screw here.
37' GUNTER SAVES THE DAY
Aaron Hughes lofts a great cross all the way to the back stick, where Gunter does magnificently to leap and flick a header away from the marauding Stuart Dallas.
35' DEFENDER'S DRIBBLE
Williams, up from the back, latches onto an Allen pass to burst into the box, but proves unable to dribble through three opponents. A very ambitious manoeuvre for a centre back
32' FULL BACKS COMBINE
Gunter makes it all the way to the touchline to produce a crafty chip over the defence. It falls to Taylor, who swipes the ball back across goal but into a sea of Irish defenders.
29' DAMP SQUIB
A clumsy swipe by Joe Allen gifts Northern Ireland a free kick over by the left touchline. Oliver Norwood fires the set-piece into the box, where it's cut out by Joe Ledley before reaching anybody in white.
26' NOWHERE NEAR
Allen plays a short pass to Bale on his left, and Wales' star man shifts the ball from his right foot to his left before dragging something of a mishit several yards wide of the target.
25' OVER FROM LAFFERTY
Jonny Evans brings the ball out a long way from the back and spots the run of Lafferty; the Northern Ireland talisman gets up above his man to reach the diagonal ball in, but can't steer his thumping header under the bar.
22' AWESOME EFFORT
Jamie Ward spots a gap 20 yards from goal and tries to curl a lovely effort just under the crossbar, only for Hennessey to pull off a super save. What a strike that would have been.
19' GOAL DISALLOWED
The Welsh fans erupt as Ramsey stretches to touch Sam Vokes' header past Michael McGovern from close range, but the strike is ruled out for offside. The header, from a Neil Taylor cross, was on target but looked saveable.
15' THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT
Wales are looking more composed now, with Joe Allen pulling the strings at the base of midfield. Which makes it strange when Ashley Williams plays a useless long ball every so often.
12' AIR FLICK
Gareth Bale works a yard of space on the right wing and fizzes in a cross towards Aaron Ramsey, who tries to flick the ball goalwards with a backheel but can only connect with fresh air.
10' DALLAS DENIED
Northern Ireland stream up the pitch on the counter-attack, and the ball breaks kindly for Stuart Dallas on the left-hand side of the box; the forward shoots first time with power towards the near post, only to see Wayne Hennessey push the effort away from goal with a determined dive.
7' FOUL PLAY
Kyle Lafferty plays a free kick short and then hares to the back post to head the resulting cross back into the penalty area, but the striker is pulled up for fouling Chris Gunter in the air.
4' STIRRING START
Many predicted a cagey start to this game, but in fact there are already open spaces all over the pitch, with both sides willing to commit men forward. 'Will Grigg's on Fire' has already started up in the stands.
1' KICK OFF
Following a team huddle, Wales kick off to get our Euro 2016 second-round tie underway here at Parc des Princes. They're clearly fired up for this one.
0' NORTHERN IRELAND TEAM NEWS
Michael O'Neill has made one change to the side that narrowly lost to Germany, restoring talismanic striker Kyle Lafferty to the team at the expense of Conor Washington.
0' WALES TEAM NEWS
With no new injury worries among the squad, Wales coach Chris Coleman names an unchanged line-up from the side that beat Russia, resisting the option to replace Sam Vokes with fellow forwards Hal Robson-Kanu or Jonny Williams.
0' WALES V NORTHERN IRELAND
Believe it or not, this momentous clash marks the first time that Wales and Northern Ireland have met in a major tournament. In fact, this will be the first time that either country has made it to the knockout rounds of a major tournament since 1958, so it’s a truly massive occasion all round. Wales were highly impressive in the group stage, notching two wins to beat England to top spot in their group, while Northern Ireland were fortunate to scrape through as one of the best third-placed sides. Gareth Bale and co. are favourites then, but they’re up against one of the meanest defences around. With the winner going on to tackle Belgium or Hungary in the quarter-finals, the stakes will be high at Parc des Princes, Paris. Join me, Luke Ostler, at 6pm European Central Time for all the action.
0' ONE TO WATCH
Judging by his stellar performance against Germany, it’s hard to believe that Michael McGovern is currently without a club. The Northern Ireland keeper kept the world champions at bay with a multitude of brilliant saves, except for the single strike that made it past him, and with the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey on the pitch he’s likely to be called into action regularly again this afternoon.
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Wales
(3-5-2)
Wayne Hennessey1
James Chester5
Ashley Williams6
Ben Davies4
Chris Gunter2
Joe Allen7
63' Joe Ledley16
90+4' Aaron Ramsey10
58' Neil Taylor3
55' Sam Vokes18
Gareth Bale11
Substitutes
Owain Fon Williams12
Danny Ward21
James Collins19
Ashley Jazz Richards15
63' Jonathan Williams20
Andy King8
David Vaughan22
Dave Edwards14
55' Hal Robson-Kanu9
David Cotterill17
Simon Church23
George Williams13
Northern Ireland
(4-5-1)
1Michael McGovern
18Aaron Hughes
4Gareth McAuley 84' 75' 
20Craig Cathcart
5Jonny Evans
19Jamie Ward 69'
8Steven Davis 67'
13Corry Evans
16Oliver Norwood 79'
14Stuart Dallas 44'
10Kyle Lafferty
Substitutes
12Roy Carroll
23Alan Mannus
6Chris Baird
22Lee Hodson
2Conor McLaughlin
15Luke McCullough
17Paddy McNair
21Josh Magennis 84'
3Shane Ferguson
7Niall McGinn 79'
11Conor Washington 69'
9Will Grigg
Manager
Christopher Patrick Coleman 
Manager
Michael O'Neill 
Wales
(3-5-2)
1Wayne Hennessey
5James Chester
6Ashley Williams
4Ben Davies
2Chris Gunter
7Joe Allen
16Joe Ledley
Substitution Jonathan Williams (on) 63'
10Aaron Ramsey
Yellow Card 90+4'
3Neil Taylor
Yellow Card 58'
18Sam Vokes
Substitution Hal Robson-Kanu (on) 55'
11Gareth Bale
Substitutes
12Owain Fon Williams
21Danny Ward
19James Collins
15Ashley Jazz Richards
20Jonathan Williams
Substitution Jonathan Williams (on) 63'
8Andy King
22David Vaughan
14Dave Edwards
9Hal Robson-Kanu
Substitution Hal Robson-Kanu (on) 55'
17David Cotterill
23Simon Church
13George Williams
Manager
Christopher Patrick Coleman 
Northern Ireland
(4-5-1)
1Michael McGovern
18Aaron Hughes
4Gareth McAuley
Substitution Josh Magennis (on) 84'
Goal 75' Own Goal
20Craig Cathcart
5Jonny Evans
19Jamie Ward
Substitution Conor Washington (on) 69'
8Steven Davis
Yellow Card 67'
13Corry Evans
16Oliver Norwood
Substitution Niall McGinn (on) 79'
14Stuart Dallas
Yellow Card 44'
10Kyle Lafferty
Substitutes
12Roy Carroll
23Alan Mannus
6Chris Baird
22Lee Hodson
2Conor McLaughlin
15Luke McCullough
17Paddy McNair
21Josh Magennis
Substitution Gareth McAuley (off) 84'
3Shane Ferguson
7Niall McGinn
Substitution Oliver Norwood (off) 79'
11Conor Washington
Substitution Jamie Ward (off) 69'
9Will Grigg
Manager
Michael O'Neill 
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Team Stats
WalesWAL Northern IrelandNIR
1 Goals 0
1 Assists 0
7 Shots 6
1 Shots on Goal 3
3 Saves 1
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
17 Crosses 23
0 Corner Kicks 6
333 Passes 235
2 Offside 1
8 Fouls Committed 19
2 Cautions/Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
56% Ball Possession 44%
Wales
No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1W. Hennessey 90 - 0 0 0 3
2C. Gunter 90 0 0 0 - -
3N. Taylor 90 0 1 0 - -
4B. Davies 90 0 0 0 - -
5J. Chester 90 0 0 0 - -
6A. Williams 90 0 0 0 - -
7J. Allen 90 0 0 0 - -
10A. Ramsey 90 0 1 0 - -
11G. Bale 90 0 0 0 - -
16J. Ledley 63 0 0 0 - -
18S. Vokes 55 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
9H. Robson-Kanu 35 0 0 0 - -
20J. Williams 27 0 0 0 - -

Northern Ireland
No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1M. McGovern 90 - 0 0 1 1
4G. McAuley 84 0 0 0 - -
5J. Evans 90 0 0 0 - -
8S. Davis 90 0 1 0 - -
10K. Lafferty 90 0 0 0 - -
13C. Evans 90 0 0 0 - -
14S. Dallas 90 0 1 0 - -
16Oliver Norwood 79 0 0 0 - -
18A. Hughes 90 0 0 0 - -
19J. Ward 69 0 0 0 - -
20C. Cathcart 90 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
7N. McGinn 11 0 0 0 - -
11C. Washington 21 0 0 0 - -
21J. Magennis 6 0 0 0 - -
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