TOP SCORER: Wales star Gareth Bale scores his side's third goal past Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev during the Euro 2016 Group B soccer match in Toulouse.
TOP SCORER: Wales star Gareth Bale scores his side's third goal past Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev during the Euro 2016 Group B soccer match in Toulouse. Petr David Josek

Wales and England progress to knockout round of Euro 2016 in France

FOOTBALL: Wales has thrashed Russia 3-0 to progress to the last 16 of Euro 2016, with England joining it in the next round after a goalless draw with Slovakia.

Goals from Aaron Ramsey and Neil Taylor in the opening 20 minutes put Wales in control against the Russians, before Gareth Bale – the tournament’s top scorer – struck midway through the second half.

England, meanwhile, slipped to second in the group behind Wales after struggling to break down the Slovakians in Saint-Etienne.

Manager Roy Hodgson made six changes – including resting captain Wayne Rooney – for the clash but it appeared to upset the team’s momentum after defeating Wales earlier in the group stage.

“If we had won the game people would say we didn’t miss them (the players who were left out) and when we don’t they say the team selection is wrong. I am used to that one,” Hodgson told reporters.

“Finishing second is a disappointment but we are still in the last 16 and who is to say the team we will play will be that much stronger?

“You just don’t know, the way we are playing I am not frightened of anybody.”

Wales, which topped the group, will face a third-placed team from Group A, C or D in Paris on Sunday morning (AEST).

As runners-up, England will face the second-placed team from Group F – which could be Portugal, Austria, Hungary or Iceland – on Tuesday morning in Nice.



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