“We started very well, we didn’t feel too nervous at the start and were very confident”, said Bale.
“We don’t know who we have yet”.
England will travel to Nice to take on the second place team in Group F, which is now Iceland, but could also end up being Portugal, Austria or Hungary, in a week’s time.
Translation: “We are selling three new t-shirts right from the Euro-2016 competition”.
“When we played England there was a few English fans in with the Welsh supporters and they were saying how well they enjoyed the game, together. It’s just a real picture of our football”, Fedun said to the Kommersant newspaper.
“I think that says a lot about our players that they were able to produce that type of performance”.
One incredible story among many for Wales.
Midway through the half it was 2-0; Gareth Bale was crowded out by five Russian Federation defenders only for one to inadvertently play in the overlapping Neil Taylor, and though his first effort was wasteful he made no mistake with the rebound.
It was his first goal in any competitive game since he scored for Welsh club Wrexham, in the lower leagues, six years ago.
Wales went at the opposition from the first minute.
The 26-year-old joined the likes of Michel Platini, Hristo Stoichkov and Alan Shearer by scoring in all three group games to make him the tournament’s top scorer to date, helping him create his best night in the colours of his country.
It was the first global goal from a player who last scored at club level six years ago. “As a nation, geographically we’re small, but for heart, we were a continent tonight”. We were poor today, and we deserved to lose the game.
“I’ve been a player myself”.
“I’ve been quite fortunate”.
“I’m so lucky to be experiencing something now as a manager, at a tournament, and to see the team perform like that, it’s really pleasing”, he said.
“The way we dug in for the game and to lose so late on against England was a big kick in the stomach”. Even so, Vardy got his chances, the best coming in the 15th minute when the Leicester City star received a deep ball and eluded Skrtel, but could not beat Slovakia goalkeeper Matus Kozacik.
He had not got a goal in 65 previous internationals, not just for Wales seniors but the Under-21, youth and semi-professionals as well as Great Britain’s 2012 Olympic team.
But there was little Russian Federation could do to stem the Welsh tide, and Bale made it three with the outside of his boot.
“I thought they were tremendous, so fearless in possession, we had a lot of chances, and on the back of such a crushing defeat against England four days earlier”.
“It was an unbelievable team performance. They know how tight-knit it is and it is important that we keep that”.