Wales in a class of champs



July 4, 2016
Wales in a class of champs

ON FIRE: Wales overcame Belgium

Wales coach Chris Coleman praised his “soldiers” after a shock 3-1 win over Belgium at Euro 2016 took the country to their first major tournament semifinal.

Coleman says: “I know my team are good enough to perform against anybody. We defended like soldiers, our performance was fantastic. The whole experience is unchartered.”

The stunning victory against a side ranked second in the world was the greatest result in Welsh soccer history and will embolden the players when they meet Portugal on Wednesday to fight for a place in the final.

Second-half goals from Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes sealed Wales’ triumph after captain Ashley Williams’ first-half header cancelled out an early strike from Radja Nainggolan.

Man-of the-match Robson-Kanu said: “We were underdogs to even qualify but knew the quality in our group. The performance today is a credit to everyone.

“We kept to our game-plan. We’ve got world-class players – we can be as solid as a rock defensively. With those two combined we stand a good chance.”

On a sour note for Wales, though, they will be without midfielder Aaron Ramsey for their semi after he picked up a booking that has ruled him out of the match.

Boss Coleman says: “I’m gutted for Aaron. He’s been one of the best players of the tournament.”

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