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Dragons storm into last 16 as group winners

By Jack Davies

Chris Coleman's men dominated from the first whistle to the last in Toulouse as they cruised through to the Euro 2016 knockout stages as Group B winners in emphatic fashion

Wales secured their place in the Euro 2016 knockout stages as Group B winners after blasting their way past a sorry Russia 3-0 in Toulouse.

The Dragons soared into a two-goal lead inside 20 minutes as Aaron Ramsey dinked the ball over Igor Akinfeev, before Neil Taylor scored his first goal for his country.

Russia almost hit back as Artem Dzyuba forced a good save from Wayne Hennessey, in what proved to be his side's only real chance of scoring past a dominant Wales side who showed no signs of a hangover from their last-gasp 2-1 defeat to England in Lens.

Gareth Bale netted his third goal of the tournament in the second half to put the icing on the cake for Wales, who topped their pool after England drew 0-0 with Slovakia in Saint-Etienne.

Wales will now face the third-placed side from either Group A, C or D in the last 16 in Paris on Saturday after pipping England to top spot.

For Wales, the result also represents a measure of revenge for their Euro 2004 play-off defeat at the hands of Russia, who are now left to reflect on a campaign blighted by off-field issues and poor performances, finishing fourth with just a point to their name.

Roman Shirokov returned to the Russian line-up as captain in one of four changes, but it was Wales who applied the early pressure as Ramsey broke the deadlock in the 11th minute.

An intercepted Russia pass was seized upon by Joe Allen, who took out four defenders with a tremendous through ball that Ramsey coolly lobbed over Akinfeev.

With the heartbreak of England's late comeback still fresh in their minds, Wales were determined not to rest on their laurels and Taylor's second gave them a welcome cushion.

Found in acres of space down the left by Bale, Taylor's first attempt was blocked by Akinfeev.

However, the ball fell back at the feet of the Swansea City left-back, who made no mistake with his second bite at the cherry, scoring his first senior goal since he netted for Wrexham at Grays in 2010.

Sam Vokes' inclusion in place of Hal Robson-Kanu allowed Bale to play a deeper role and the Real Madrid attacker was more involved in Wales' general play than he had been against Slovakia or England, but Dzyuba caused alarm when he forced Hennessey to push behind with Russia's first and last chance.

Vokes then had a glorious opportunity to make it 3-0 when he fired straight at Akinfeev from close range, before Bale saw appeals for a penalty turned down after tumbling under the challenge of Sergei Ignashevich.

Wales were playing with real confidence, Ramsey and Bale testing Akinfeev with powerful drives from distance, and the feeling around the Russia squad was perhaps summed up when Shirokov struggled to find a willing recipient of the captain's armband when he was replaced seven minutes into the second half.

And Bale gave the scoreline a deserved convincing gloss when he prodded the ball beyond Akinfeev with the outside of his left boot after getting on the end of a Ramsey ball into the box.

Bale became the first player since Milan Baros and Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2004 to score in the opening three matches of a European Championship and will have no intention of slowing down as Wales embark on their knockout campaign., 20 June 2016

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Wales 3-0 Russia
Euro-2016. Group stage - Group B
June 20, 2016
Toulouse. Stadium de Toulouse
Attendance: 28840
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Wales: Wayne Hennessey, Chris Gunter, Neil Taylor, Ben Davies, Ashley Williams (c), James Chester, Joe Allen (David
Edwards, 74), Joe Ledley (Andy King, 76), Aaron Ramsey, Gareth Bale (Simon Church, 83), Sam Vokes.
Coach: Chris Coleman.
Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Igor Smolnikov, Vasili Berezutski (Aleksei Berezutski, 46), Sergei Ignashevich, Dmitri Kombarov, Pavel Mamaev, Denis Glushakov, Roman Shirokov (c) (Aleksandr Samedov, 52), Aleksandr Kokorin, Artem Dzyuba, Fedor Smolov (Aleksandr Samedov, 70).
Coach: Leonid Slutski.
Goals: Aaron Ramsey (11), Neil Taylor (20), Gareth Bale (67).
Yellow cards: Sam Vokes (16), Pavel Mamaev (64).

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