Saturday 10 December 2016

Coleman's men living the 'dream' as Russia boss quits

Published 21/06/2016 | 02:30

Wales manager Chris Coleman celebrates victory after the final whistle Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Wales manager Chris Coleman celebrates victory after the final whistle Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Wales manager Chris Coleman paid tribute to the industry of his side following their 3-0 victory over Russia which saw them finish top of Group B ahead of England.

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"The players were brave tonight, they did everything they are capable of on the ball, which we did not do against England," he said last night.

"I said there was more to come from this group of players, they are on the way to something else, I am just glad we are on it with them.

"We will have to see who we get next, we will respect everyone, but we have nothing to fear."

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, who scored the third goal, lauded Wales' performance. "We knew everything was on this game, it was in our own hands, and we said to go out there and have no regrets," he said.

"The performance was probably the best I have been involved in, and what a support.

"To top the group, what more can you ask? The fans here, the fans at home, we want to thank them very much. It is a dream for all of us."

It was a very different story for Russia boss Leonid Slutsky who announced his plans to quit the job after a dismal Euro 2016.

"I would like to apologise to the Russian supporters for our performances, the fans in the stadium and watching at home on TV, they did not deserve this," said Slutsky, who replaced the sacked Fabio Capello last year to rescue the team's qualifying campaign.

"I take responsibility. I had enough time to find players. If we did not succeed it is truly my mistake. Someone else should take over with a big championship to come."

Russia host the World Cup in 2018 and this was their last competitive match until then.

Irish Independent

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