“It is a moral victory for us”.
With top spot in Group B having eluded Roy Hodgson’s men, they will now play the second-placed team from Group F at the Stade de Nice on Monday 27 June at 8pm BST. “We back our players, we’ve got some fantastic strikers”.
Bale had riled England with his comments before their Euro game.
Iceland? The world’s 34th-ranked side are at their first Finals of any kind but already, the nation of just 330,000 (Jurong has an estimated 340,300 residents) and just 27 football pitches beat mighty Austria (world ranking 10th) 2-1 on Wednesday.
But with home nation trio; England, Wales and Northern Ireland all recording wins in their respective groups, plus neighbours the Republic of Ireland in action this summer too, Shoot chose to get some tournament tips and predictions from famous musicians. In the final games of La Liga, he showed it as well with Real Madrid, scoring very important goals in Vallecas and San Sebastián against Real Sociedad.
“But we are still in the last 16 and who is to say the team we will play will be that much stronger?”
“Geographically, we’re small, but if you judge it on passion, we’re a continent”, Coleman said in a statement that his Northern Ireland counterpart could also make his own.
Bale and manager Chris Coleman said the side appearing at their first European Championship finals could not have hoped for a better Euro.
Now he scored three goals in his first three appearances in the Euro 2016.
But, having scored his first goal for six years in Wales’ 3-0 victory over Russian Federation on Monday night, Taylor says he has no qualms over stepping up at the Parc des Princes to take a spot-kick if needed.
Bale is joint top scorer with Álvaro Morata of Spain with three goals each.
“We are where we wanted to be – it was what we had to manage”, Hummels said.
“We’re creating chances. We just need to finish teams off”. The tag doesn’t matter to us. “We are very confident in these duels because we know our quality, and that is really something you can build the team on”.
Ukraine were the only side to fail to score and the only side without a point, the 2-0 defeat by Northern Ireland ultimately proving enough for Michael O’Neill’s side to progress.
“They topped their group in qualifying, you don’t do that by mistake”, he said.
“I actually spoke to Ki (Sung-yueng) when he moved to Swansea, and he said that South Korea were playing for penalties because they knew how good they were at them”.
“We’re just happy to be in the round of 16, whether against a big country like Spain or Germany or Northern Ireland, we’re happy to be in this round, no matter who we played we knew it was going to be hard”.
“We spoke after the England game that we needed to be better in keeping the ball, and we did that”.
“A few people didn’t give us a chance of getting a point when the draw was made”, said defender Gareth McAuley.
– Northern Ireland have won none of their last eight games against Wales (D4 L4).