Wales and England into knockout stages

Wales had not played at a major tournament finals since 1958

Euro 2016
Venue: France Date: 10 June – 10 July
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Wales and England are through to the knockout stages of Euro 2016 after their final Group B games.

Chris Coleman’s side beat Russia 3-0 to top the group at their first European Championship, with England second after being held 0-0 by Slovakia.

On Tuesday, Northern Ireland will look to join both sides as they face Germany in Paris (17:00 BST).

The top two teams in each of the six groups qualify automatically, plus the best four third-placed sides.

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, who scored Wales’ third goal against Russia, said: “We said we didn’t want to make the numbers up. Well, we can’t do any more than win the group. We look forward to seeing who we play next.”

England boss Roy Hodgson admitted finishing as runners-up in the group was a “disappointment” but added: “Who is to say the team we will play will be that much stronger?

“The way we are playing I am not frightened of anybody.”

Who could Wales face?

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Wales will play a third-place team from either Group A (Albania), Group D (one from Czech Republic, Croatia or Turkey) or Group C (one from Germany, Poland or Northern Ireland).

That depends on the combination of the four groups which provide the third-placed sides – explained in Uefa’s pre-determined formula below.

Whoever they face, Wales will play at Paris’ Parc des Princes on Saturday at 17:00 BST.

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Who could England face?

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Finishing as Group B runners-up, England will next face the second-placed team in Group F, in Nice on Monday (20:00 BST).

That could well be Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal – who knocked England out of consecutive tournaments, at Euro 2004 and at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

However, Austria, Hungary and Iceland can all still finish second – with Group F’s final matches to be played on Wednesday.

It is the fourth time England have reached the knockout stages of a European Championship (1996, 2004 and 2012).

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Reaction

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Wales boss Chris Coleman: “Even after this tournament is over, this group are on the way to something else. I’m just glad me and the staff are here with them. We have no fear. And after playing like that, why should we?”

Match of the Day presenter and former England striker Gary Lineker tweeted: “Total domination from England without one lucky break. Saving it for the knockout stage, hopefully. Sometimes it’s easier against sides who have a go.”

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Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage: “That’s what it means to these fans. Unbelievable passion, spirit. Pride is the word. What a night to be a Welshman.”

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England goalkeeper Joe Hart: “We all wanted to finish top but we didn’t. We have dominated every corner of the pitch and every Slovakian player will be proud of that result. We are into the next round and nobody will want to play us. I haven’t had anything to do in the whole tournament to be honest. We have been playing very well as a team.”

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What about Northern Ireland’s chances?

A draw against world champions Germany would make Northern Ireland mathematically sure of advancing even if they finished third, as they would have a point more than Albania and a better goal difference than Slovakia.

Michael O’Neill’s side would top the group if they win and Poland fail to beat Ukraine in Group C’s other match.

Even defeat may see Northern Ireland advance as one of the best third-place sides, depending on what happens in other groups.

What is to be decided?

France, Wales and Italy have confirmed their places in the last 16 as group winners.

Only Group A and Group B have completed all their matches so far. Switzerland’s draw with France secured their runners-up spot in Group A, while England have ensured progress with second spot in Group B. Spain are certain to qualify from Group D.

The four third-placed teams to go through will be settled for certain once the final group matches are played on Wednesday.

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