Many expected this match to be very one sided after Wales’ fine display in the group stage. Their attacking ability, spear headed by Gareth Bale, was proving effecting and this was shown by them being top scorers in the competition so far with 6 goals.
The game started off nervously and it was clearly evident as there were very few chances. Northern Ireland had the better chances in front of goal in the first half but nothing was clear cut. You could see that Michael O’Neill had set his team out to nullify the ability of Gareth Bale.
The second half was much better than the first half and Wales had more of the ball. Chris Coleman made some attacking substitutions, bringing on Hal Robson-Kanu and Johnny Williams, the latter being more effective.
As the game went on, Northern Ireland’s dream run in Euro 2016 came to an end when Bale’s cross was forced into his own net by Gareth McAuley. Wales only managed one shot on target but the travelling fans and players will not care one bit as they marched into the Quarter Finals.