Russia v Wales, 20 June 2016

Score3-0 to Wales
RefereeJonas Eriksson
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Group B
VenueStadium Municipal, Toulouse
Attendance28,840
Kick-off: 9.00pm local (8.00pm BST) Assistant referees: Mathias Klasenius (Sweden) Daniel Wärnmark (Sweden) Fourth official: Daniele Orsato (Italy) Additional assistant referees: Stefan Johannesson (Sweden) Markus Strömbergsson (Sweden) Reserve assistant referee: Mauro Tonolini (Italy) Man of the Match: Aaron Ramsey (Wales) Russia needed to win this final group game to progress whilst Wales would win the group due England's goalless slip up against Slovakia. Welsh hopes had been raised by their 2-1 victory against Slovakia, to whom the Russians lost 2-1. On 11 minutes Joe Allen knocked a ball through the Russian defence to Aaron Ramsey who made no mistake, putting away his 11th international goal. On 20 minutes, Neil Taylor scored a second as the Russian defence again vanished into thin air. With Russia's ponderous build-up yielding nothing, a long goal kick put Dzyuba through on goal, but he was unable to beat Wayne Henessey and Wales continued to look very dangerous on the break. Towards the end of the first half, Russia enjoyed two minutes of persistent pressure, and managed to get a soft shot on target from Fedor Smolov, but their overall performance in the first half was dismal, without players of the calibre of Ramsey, Allen and Gareth Bale to add any guile or creativity to their attack and a defence wide open to counter-attack as they sought to chase the game. Wales scored their third after magnificent work by Ramsey who set up Bale for an almost inevitable goal. Russia returned home knowing they had a considerable amount of work to do if their hosting of the World Cup in 2018 was not to turn to a national embarrassment, on and off the pitch. For Wales this was an historic and well-deserved victory.

0  Russia

Manager: Leonid Slutsky

3  Wales

Manager: Chris Coleman

Goals:

Goals:

Aaron Ramsey 11 G
Neil Taylor 20 G
Gareth Bale 67 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev
Defender/Midfielder Roman Shirokov (captain)
Defender/Midfielder Igor Smolnikov
Midfielder Denis Glushakov
Midfielder Dmitriy Kombarov
Midfielder Pavel Mamaev
Forward Artem Dzyuba
Forward Fedor Smolov

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey
Defender James Chester
Defender Chris Gunter
Defender Ashley Williams (captain)
Defender/Midfielder Gareth Bale
Defender/Midfielder Ben Davies
Defender/Midfielder Neil Taylor
Midfielder Joe Allen
Midfielder Joe Ledley
Midfielder Aaron Ramsey
Forward Sam Vokes

Substitutions:

Alexei Berezutskiy for Vassili Berezutskiy 46
Aleksandr Golovin for Roman Shirokov 52
Aleksandr Samedov for Fedor Smolov 70

Substitutions:

David Edwards for Joe Allen 74
Andy King for Joe Ledley 76
Simon Church for Gareth Bale 83

Cards:

Pavel Mamaev 64 Y

Cards:

Sam Vokes 16 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Guilherme
Goalkeeper Yuri Lodygin
Defender Roman Shishkin
Defender/Midfielder Roman Neustädter
Midfielder Aleksandr Golovin
Midfielder Oleg Ivanov
Midfielder Aleksandr Samedov
Midfielder Oleg Shatov
Midfielder Dmitri Torbinsky
Midfielder Artur Yusupov

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Danny Ward
Goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams
Defender/Centre back James M Collins
Midfielder David Edwards
Midfielder Andy King
Midfielder Jazz Richards
Midfielder David Vaughan
Midfielder George C Williams
Midfielder Jonny Williams
Midfielder/Forward Dave Cotterill
Forward Simon Church
Forward Hal Robson-Kanu