Euro 2016 Best 10: Wales 3 – 1 Belgium

Neil Evans’ top moments from a truly historic night for the Welsh team.

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1. Don’t take me home!!: England’s joyful anthem hijacked by a jubilant, joyful Wales and sung with gusto in the team huddle after the match. It really means something. Wales have made history, they are in the Semi-Finals of Euro 2016!

2. Taking advantage: With Belgium missing Vertonghen, Kompany and Vermaelen, Wales exploited Belgium’s defensive woes to the maximum (especially down the left) throughout the game. The Red-Devils attack couldn’t fill that gap.

3. What a strike: Radja Nainggolan looks like the sort of chap you wouldn’t want to meet on a dark night, but his 13th minute strike was Belgium’s one moment of real quality – a fabulous strike (almost) worthy of winning any game. Just not this one.

4. Fighting back: After going a goal down and being outplayed in the first 15 minutes, Wales turned the contest on its head by sticking to their game plan and playing their way back into contention. It took great courage and Wales reaped the rewards.

5. Captain Fantastic: After being barely able to move his arm against Northern Ireland, Ashley Williams rose unchallenged to head in a deserved equaliser. What a leader.

6. Blown chances: The introduction of Fellaini for Belgium changed the dynamic early in the second half as Wales survived a few near misses until…

7. Goal of the tournament?: On 55 minutes Hal Robson Kanu produced a moment where time appeared to stand still. After a wonderful pass from Gareth Bale to Aaron Ramsey, his cross found Kanu surrounded by three white shirts. Everyone thought he would lay the ball off to Neil Taylor..but Hal executed an incredible Cryuff turn, dumbfounding the defence, before an ice-cool finish put Wales in dreamland. He hasn’t even got a club currently, though they’ll be queuing round the block now!

8. Fine margins: A pin-point cross found Fellaini whose header flashed just wide of Wayne Hennessy’s left hand post. It was to be Wales’ night, they earned it.

9. Missing in action: Wales won’t care a jot but Belgium’s big stars went AWOL. Hazard was smothered, Romelu Lukaku had one great chance and missed whilst Kevin de Bruyne’s limp second half free-kick epitomised a blunted Belgium.

10. And it’s Vokes..: The icing on the cake. Chris Gunter’s energy in getting forward and providing the perfect cross for Sam Vokes to head across the keeper capped the finest night in Welsh footballing history. Chapeau, as they say in France!

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