Euro 2016, Wales vs Russia: Top class from Wales for top place finish

Wales topped the group with six points, one ahead of England, to qualify for the last 16.

By: Reuters | Toulouse | Updated: June 21, 2016 11:12:18 am
wales vs russia, wales football, gareth bale, russia vs wales, russia football, euro 2016, euro results, euro standings, football news, football Gareth Bale scored the third goal in Wales win over Russia. (Source: AP)

Wales outplayed Russia 3-0, scoring twice in the opening 20 minutes, as they moved into the round of 16 at Euro 2016 by winning Group B on Monday. (RESULTS | STANDINGS)

Aaron Ramsey dinked the ball over Igor Akinfeev to finish off a counter-attack in the 11th minute and Neil Taylor added a second, also from a counter-attack nine minutes later as Wales took early control.

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Russia had no answer to the fast, incisive Welsh breaks and survived several more chances before Gareth Bale scored his third goal of the tournament to become Euro 2016’s top marksman, flicking the third past Akinfeev in the 67th minute.

Wales topped the group with six points, one ahead of England, who finished second after a 0-0 draw with Slovakia.

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