Full-time: Wales 1-0 Northern Ireland

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A roar of jubilation and relief from the Welsh fans as their side confirm their place in the last eight. They will now face either Hungary or Belgium in Lille on Friday.

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Wales 1-0 Northern Ireland


McGovern gets the OK from O'Neill to join the attack. The tension is palpable until a poor delivery is easily headed away by Bale at the near post. That should be that.


Magennis launches a long throw into the box but Hennessey punches clear. Ramsey then gives away a free-kick and is deservedly booked for kicking the ball away. Allen blocks Davis' free-kick and Northern Ireland have one last corner...


Ashley Williams stays strong to repel Lafferty with that injured arm lolloping at his side. Gunter then blocks a Dallas cross and Hennessey plucks the ball out of the air in confident fashion.

Four minutes of added time signalled by the fourth official. Is there another twist to come at the Parc des Princes or are Wales heading to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016?



Ashley Williams sinks to the turf and looks like he will be replaced after all. James Collins is stripped and ready to take the field before a change of heart from the undeniably brave Welsh captain.

Coleman may need to take matters into his own hands here.


That was a really painful clash, but both players look like they are going to continue. Ashley Williams in particular is well known for his tough nature and unwavering consistency.

Northern Ireland's search for an equaliser sees another striker in Josh Magennis come on for the unfortunate McAuley.


Northern Ireland are furious as play is stopped midway through an attack. Atkinson had no choice but to blow his whistle, though, after a nasty accidental collision between Ashley and Jonny Williams.


O'Neill responds to that setback by replacing Norwood with McGinn. The Aberdeen midfielder scored Northern Ireland's second goal in their 2-0 win over Ukraine last week.


The deadlock is finally broken in Paris with only 15 minutes remaining. Ramsey exchanges passes with Robson-Kanu before finding Bale in acres of space on the left-hand side. He then unleashes a wicked cross into the six-yard box that McAuley inadvertently turns into his own net from close range.

It's desperately disappointing for the Northern Ireland centre-back, but Robson-Kanu was right there for the easiest of tap-ins if he missed it.

Gareth McAuley
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Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey


Goal: Wales 1-0 Northern Ireland (Gareth McAuley OG)


Lafferty wins a decent flick-on but Washington is too far away to capitalise. Hennessey then comes rushing out of his goal to clear with the former running through.

A super tackle from Chester stops Lafferty once again. The West Brom defender is enjoying a very good tournament indeed.


O'Neill does finally make his first change, but Ward goes off instead of Jonny Evans. QPR striker Washington jogs on.


Gunter's cross towards Robson-Kanu is headed away at the near post. Williams then embarks on a slaloming run forward only to lose his footing as he gets into the penalty area.

Davis has joined Dallas in the book for an uncompromising challenge on Bale.


Northern Ireland work the ball well on the edge of Wales' penalty area, but the attack breaks down when a Dallas cross lands nowhere near any teammate.

Jonny Evans looks to be struggling with a knock and may have to be substituted.


A second change from Coleman with just over an hour gone. Jonny Williams comes on for Ledley.


Northern Ireland win themselves a couple of corners. Norwood's first delivery is just too high for the leaping Dallas and his second drifts straight out of play at the back post. Disappointing.


Bale cleverly wins a free-kick from Norwood but is denied a fourth goal of Euro 2016 so far when a dipping effort on target is beaten away by McGovern.

Wales then appeal vociferously for handball as Ward leads a counter-attack.

Michael McGovern
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Norwood certainly has a long-range strike in his locker, just search for his stunning goal in Reading's 5-1 demolition of Ipswich in September 2015, but his latest attempt is easily dealt with by Hennessey.


That was to be Vokes' last involvement in the game as he is replaced by Hal Robson-Kanu.


Now the match is beginning to open at last. A superb deep cross from Ramsey on the right is headed wide by Vokes. That was a real chance.


An over elaborate Northern Ireland free-kick routine eventually sees Corry Evans flight in an enticing cross that is headed away at the vital moment by Davies.

Ward then has a shot blocked but the whistle has already gone for a foul by Jonny Evans.