Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Euro 2016: Brilliant Wales storm into last 16

TOULOUSE (France): Gareth Bale struck his third goal in as many Euro 2016 games as brilliant Wales cruised into the last 16 as winners of Group B with a clinical 3-0 dismantling of Russia on Monday.

First-half strikes by Aaron Ramsey and Neil Taylor sent Chris Coleman's men well on their way to a comprehensive win in Toulouse against an overwhelmed Russian side.

But Bale was a constant threat all night and grabbed his third goal of the tournament when he cleverly dinked the ball past Igor Akinfeev with the outside of his right boot midway through the second half as Russia were eliminated.

The last players to score in all three group games at a European Championship were Milan Baros for the Czech Republic and Ruud van Nistelrooy for the Netherlands, both in 2004.

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