UEFA Euro 2016
Round of 16
Parc des Princes, Paris, France
75′ McAuley (OG)
Debutants Wales progressed into the Quarter-finals of the European Championships for the first time after defeating fellow debutants Northern Ireland 1-0 at the Parc des Princes in Paris. It was the first time since 1958 that the ‘Dragons’ had progressed into the Quarter-finals.
An own goal from Gareth McAuley, 15 minutes from time proved to be the difference as Wales held on to record a historic victory in their debut European Championship.
In quite an evenly contested first-half, both sides started well but it was Norther Ireland who had the first sight of goal in the ninth minute when Corry Evans found Stuart Dallas who fired an effort that Wayne Hennessey was forced to palm behind.
Nine minutes later, Wales thought they were ahead when a Neil Taylor cross was met by Sam Vokes whose header towards goal was tapped home by Aaron Ramsey, but he was in an offside position and his goal was chalked off.
Three minutes later, Northern Ireland went close when Jamie Ward created a yard of space before firing an effort that Hennessey was forced to tip over the bar.
After the break, Wales should have taken the lead when a fine cross from Ramsey was met by Vokes but he misguided his header and his effort drifted just wide, although he should have at the very least hit the target.
Five minutes later, Wales had another chance when a Gareth Bale freekick beat the wall but not Michael McGovern who made a fine diving stop to deny the Welshman.
In the 75th minute, Wales went ahead. A dangerous cross from Bale was inadvertently , diverted into his own net by McAuley with substitute Hal Robson-Kanu sliding in behind him.
Northern Ireland were desperate to find a late leveller but Northern Ireland held on to record a historic victory.
The result meant that Wales will progress into the Quarter-finals of the competition whilst Northern Ireland bow out.