Don’t take me home, please don’t take me home,” sang the Wales supporters
Russia 0 – Wales 3
“Don’t take me home, please don’t take me home,” sang the Wales supporters on an evening when there was never any danger that Chris Coleman’s players would do anything other than prolong their stay in France. Inspired by Gareth Bale, Wales were irrepressible as they subjected Russia to a humiliating defeat and secured their place in the knockout stage of Euro 2016 as group winners.
This was fairytale stuff for a nation appearing at its first major tournament in 58 years. By the end of the evening Coleman was responding to the Wales fans’ requests for a wave as every pass was cheered in what started to feel like an exhibition match. Wales were in dreamland and it will be some occasion on Saturday in Paris at the Parc des Princes.