Euro 2016: Wales 1-0 Northern Ireland – Gareth McAuley own goal sends Dragons through to the last eight

Wales are through to a historic Euro 2016 quarter final after edging past Northern Ireland thanks to a Gareth McAuley own goal in Paris.It was a tight game for 70 minutes with chances few and far between until McAuley helplessly turned the ball into his own net to give Wales the lead.They will now go on to face the winners of the Round of 16 tie between Belgium and Hungary in Lille on Friday.It was a cagey start by both teams in froield Town have burned off Premier League competition to land Port Vale winger Luke Daley.The Huddersfield Examiner reports the relegated side have beaten Liverpool and Southampton to his signature.“Luke decided on Huddersfield because he felt they nt of a great atmosphere at the Parc des Princes and Northern Ireland looked to grab hold of the game from early on as Stuart Dallas drew a fine save from Wayne Hennessey at his near post.Wales struggled to create chances with Gareth Bale shackled by the Irish defence but they did get the ball in the net on 19 minutes when Sam Vokes knocked the ball down for Aaron Ramsey, but the Arsenal man was correctly flagged offside.Northern Ireland came close again as the half wore on with Jamie Ward’s long shot forcing Hennessey to palm the ball over his bar.Michael O’Neill would have gone the happier manager at half time with Wales looking particularly nervous in front of whacontent_imgt Bale labelled their ‘Wall of Red’.It was more of the same after the break with Northern Ireland going for the Welsh but Vokes had a great chance when he headed wide from a Ramsey cross of real hReal Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos is being urged to make up his mind on a move to North London.The Spaniard has offers from both Arsenal and Tottenham.Real are only willing to allow Ceballos to leave on a season-long loan.AS says the decision rests on the 23-year-old on who he wants to join.Los Blancos expect the situation to be resolved sometime this week.igh quality.Bale then had a chance as he took his demonic stance over a free kick 25 yards out, but it was beaten away well by Michael McGovern.Finally in the 74th minute Wales broke the deadlock then Ramsey picked out Bale unmarked on the left before the Real Madrid man fired in a low cross that was turned into his own net by McAuley.Hal Robson-Kanu was waiting behind McAuley to tuck in Bale’s wicked cross and there was nothing the West Brom defender could do but turn it past McGovern.And Wales held out for the win despite more nervy defending to continue their French fairytale into the quarter-finals.

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Liverpool signing! Fans give mixed reaction to £100k a week deal

Jordan Henderson has , reportedly worth £100,000 a week.The news delighted a large portion of the Anfield faithful but some supporters have found his huge wages ‘crazy’ as Brendan Rodgers moves heaven and earth to tie down his top sWest Ham arecontent_img targeting a Bosman deal for Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser this summer.The 25-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and is being chased by a number of clubs who seed are eyeing Newcastle United midfielder Mo Diame.The 31-year-old’s future is up in the air.He needs to start the next two games to trigger a contract extension clause of one-year but it’s understood that the midfielder would like a two-year-deal.Die him as a bargain, says the Mirror.Bournemouth star Frasertars to new contracts.And while England international midfielder Henderson is likely to become Liverpool’s next captain when Steven Gerrard leaves the club, a few fans have expressed their concern about putting so much faith in a ‘mediocre’ player.You can see how football fans reacted to the news below…

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Finland 1-1 Northern Ireland: Michael O’Neill’s side ensure they top Group F with battling point

Northern Ireland were denied a seventh win of their triumphant Euro 2016 campaign, but a point in Finland was still enough to see them break new ground by winning Group F.In doing so they held off Romania and became the first fifth seeds in European qualifying history to finish top of the pile.Craig Cathcart looked to have delivered even better when he headed home a maiden international goal in the first half but, after a lethargic display, Finland nicked a 1-1 draw three minutes from time through Paulus Arajuuri.Thursday’s win over Greece had already guaranteed a trip to France next summer, but manager Michael O’Neill was desperate to finish the job as pool winners.It was mission accomplished on that front and their return of 21 points tells its own story. They managed just seven in O’Neill’s first campaign at the helm.That 10 of those points have come away from home is an incredible achievement for a nation so long afflicted by chronic homesickness.Watford defender Cathcart was probably the only player on the pitch who salvaged something for his scrapbook, but his team-mates will have plenty of chances when Northern Ireland contest their first major tournament in 30 years.O’Neill promised on the eve of the match that there would be no undue experimentation and he delivered a strong starting XI bolstered by the return of seven-goal top-scorer Kyle Lafferty and midfielder Chris Baird.But with Finland listless and the vast Olympic Stadium sparsely populated on its last active night before demolition, the opening fell flat.It took an errant pass from Arajuuri to jolt Northern Ireland into action, Stuart Dallas picking up the loose ball and drilling a low shot too close to the goalkeeper.The subsequent corner was only cleared content_imgas far as Chris Brunt on the edge of the area and his sweetly struck drive might have crept under the crossbar had it not struck his team-mate Gareth McAuley flush on the back.There was an injury scare in the 13th minute when Manchester United’s Paddy McNair crumpled after a challenge from Jere Uronen but, after lengthy treatment, he was fit to continue.Finland were struggling to string together anything of note, but the visitors were also too sluggish to take advantage.The first scare at the Northern Ireland end came when Brunt miskicked a clearance high into his own area and McNair failed to connect with his intended header.That left Tim Sparv to take a shot at goal but he screwed his effort wide.Lafferty failed to connect with an inviting Brunt pass across the six-yard line but Northern Ireland found a way through just after the half-hour.Brunt’s corner was recycled on the right by McNair, who slipped Niall McGinn down the channel.The Aberdeen winger crossed to the near post and Cathcart, still forward from the set-piece, was in place to flash a header across Lukas Hradecky.The closest Finland came to a first-half equaliser saw Joel Pohjanpalo steal inside Brunt at left-back only to be denied by Michael McGovern at the near post.Finland came out brightly after the break, Pohjanpalo finally asking some questions of the Northern Irish defence.He might have been rewarded with a goal after 50 minutes, Robin Lod and Uronen combining to tee him up as he raced into the area.Pohjanpalo connected well at speed but tbappe WANTS to play for Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.AS says Mbappe has decided he only wants to move to Real once he chooses to leave PSG.The striker would be prepared to leave this summer, but PSG are so far refusing to consider selling the Worldhe shot kept rising and disappeared on to the runnih Diego Simeone says his players followed his instructions to the letter for victory over Liverpool.Saul Niguez’s early goal proved the matchwinner as Atletico won 1-0 the first-leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie in Madrid.At the final whing track.The initial burst of energy from the Finns did not last.Cathcart’s goal meant the onus was on them to find a foothold in the game and they simply did not have the wherewithal, leaving O’Neill’s side seemingly comfortable.O’Neill went to his bench three times, handing Conor McLaughlin, Shane Ferguson and Josh Magennis the chance to make an impression.Magennis made a a nuisance of himself up front but it was Finland who managed to raise their game at the last.Substitute Kasper Hamalainen cushioned a header for Arajuuri to stab past McGovern in the 87th minute, but it barely registered with the 2,200 buoyant Northern Irish fans who responded by toasting their heroes’ imminent trip to France.

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