In one of the most cracking game of the Euros, Wales emerge victorious over their British rivals Northern Ireland. After finishing on top of their group Wales were rewarded with an easy draw but Northern Ireland stood up and played valiantly, the nerves were heavy upon them as the better team won. Northern Ireland came into the game with a brilliant mentality and their backline stood up against the Wales attack and contained them brilliantly. They caught the Wales attack in style and kept them largely silent for most time of the match where Wales had only one shot on goal.
Northern Ireland vs Wales: The fairytale story continues for Wales
The game started and Northern Ireland took the defensive front frustrating the attacking duo of Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale. Aaron Ramsey had a fabulous chance to make his team in front in the early stages of the game but missed it waywardly. Northern Ireland completely denied them the space from which they would have flourished just like against Russia. Gareth bale in the open play looked completely dormant. Ireland attack on one or two occasions came good with the counter attack, but they were brilliantly dealt by the mastery of Wales’s number one Hennessey. Wales’s striker Sam Voakes missed a clear cut chance to put Wales ahead when there was only McGovern in between him and the goal. Gareth bale was the one who tested McGovern as he came up with a spectacular free kick which was perfectly matched by the Irish goalkeeper. The game was so tense that it looked like the game will go into the extra time, but then came the moment of heartbreak when McAuley who was the hero in the win against Ukraine turned out to be a villain as he headed Gareth bale’s cross into his own net. This goal was enough to secure Wales a spot into the Quarterfinals where they will face either Hungary or Belgium.
Bales once again becomes the deciding factor
What a tremendous campaign this guy is having at the Euros. The Irish team kept him silent and covered for the most part of the time, but Gareth bale was at it again with its spectacular free kick which forced a fine save from the Irish goalkeeper. He was not able to continue his goal scoring streak, but was once again a deciding factor in the Wales victory. The dipping free kick technique that he is using for his free kicks has been brilliant and I can say that Gareth Bale has become better at taking free kicks than Cristiano Ronaldo at this Euros.Sports:
Chris Coleman deserves the real credit
Everybody out there is praising Bale for the Wales performances but the Real man who has been the architect of this team winning run is Chris Coleman. His Strategies and master plans have always worked in the Wales way and that is the reason why Wales find themselves in the quarterfinal at the Europe’s premier international football competition. He has used Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen and Gareth bale brilliantly and has worked out a strategy for the team and has dragged the mediocre Wales here.
Wales Defense is back to the bank
This was certainly the case against Northern Ireland. Except Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, Wales doesn’t have a fancied attacking force and has hence been devoid of goals in the qualifiers. What that helped them was their impressive back line which was brilliantly organized. Coming into the tournament their defensive backline didn’t look at the shape like they were in the Qualifiers as they conceded goals against Slovakia and England but against the Irish team they were pitch perfect which may be a good news for Wales into the tournament.