'Dare to dream' - The best Twitter reaction to Wales's stunning victory over Belgium
Published 01/07/2016 | 22:19
Wales reached their first ever semi-final of a major tournament with a magnificent 3-1 victory over Belgium in Lille.
On a night dripping with raw emotion in northern France, Wales went one better than their 1958 predecessors who reached the last eight of the World Cup.
They also did it the hard way after falling behind to Radja Nainggolan's thunderous strike, with Ashley Williams, Hal Robson-Kanu and substitute Sam Vokes proving the goal-scoring heroes.
They will now meet Portugal in the semi-final in Lyon on Wednesday, but must do so without Ben Davies and Aaron Ramsey, absolutely outstanding again here, who collected their second cautions of the tournament.
It used to be asked who would provide Wales with goals if Gareth Bale - who will now come up against his Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo in Lyon - did not score.
But those questions are not being posed right now.
Skipper Williams claimed only his second goal in an eight-year Wales career, heading home Ramsey's 31st-minute corner.
Then Robson-Kanu, a man without a club after leaving Reading this summer, scored a sensational individual goal 10 minutes after the break.
Robson-Kanu's return to the side was a master stroke, preferred to Vokes after missing out in the last two games, as his extra mobility had troubled Belgium when Wales inflicted a 1-0 defeat on them in Euro qualifying in Cardiff just over a year ago.
That was the result, as well as two Brussels draws, which had persuaded Bale to describe Wales as Belgium's bogey team in the build-up to this quarter-final.
And those words rang true five minutes from time when Vokes, who had only just been introduced, headed home Chris Gunter's cross to confirm Wales as Britain's first semi-finalists at a major tournament for 20 years.
Here was the best reaction to the result on Twitter:
I never swear on social media. But I really feel like saying f****** brilliant. What ever sport you follow. This is brilliant.— Nigel Owens (@Nigelrefowens) July 1, 2016
5 of this Wales team played when they lost 3-0 to Ireland in Dublin in Feb 2011 in Carling Nations Cup. But we've still got the trophy...— Aidan Fitzmaurice (@fitzmaidan) July 1, 2016
"Are you watching, England?" sing the Wales choirs.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) July 1, 2016
Robson-Kanu sent the Belgian lads for the pork pies there!— Brandon O'Callaghan (@Cal_1) July 1, 2016
And somewhere in the heavens Johan Cruyff nodded in approval. Robson Kanu, disciple of total football, you beauty. #WALBEL— Roy Curtis (@RoyCurtis68) July 1, 2016
If this continues a population roughly the size of Wales will be drunk tonight #WALBEL— Richard Osman (@richardosman) July 1, 2016
. @RobsonKanu has just sent 3 Belgians for a burger!!— Paul McShane (@pmacca15) July 1, 2016
Fellaini is a leather mini-skirt short of being indistinguishable from Tina Turner.— Roy Curtis (@RoyCurtis68) July 1, 2016
Tina might have a better first touch#WALBEL
Lukaku never anticipates where the ball is going to be. Got to learn that if he is to go to next level. Compare to Lewandowski's last night?— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) July 1, 2016
Coleman for England manager.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) July 1, 2016
Chris Gunter (Championship) to Sam Vokes (Championship). Goal. Can we end this nonsense about England not having the players now?— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) July 1, 2016
Delighted also for Chris Coleman. Tactically excellent tonight. And a thoroughly decent guy.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) July 1, 2016
Wales! Wow!! Amazing!!! Can not buy what they have!! Positivity is contagious! Once you have the right people spreading it, it's Priceless— Noel Hunt (@boyhunt) July 1, 2016
Wales I love you- I absolutely LOVE YOU— ManicStreetPreachers (@Manics) July 1, 2016
I have every right to be proud of the @FAWales victory, My great great grandparents were Welsh. And I won the Welsh Open— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) July 1, 2016
Jonny williams the man for me to replace Ramsey,suits the position— stephen hunt (@stephenhunt1010) July 1, 2016
I told you Belgium would get close to that world class outfit from Wales #Clueless— Matt Dawson (@matt9dawson) July 1, 2016
As for that goal from Robson-Kanu, it was the most beautiful tribute to Johan Cruyff there could be on a football pitch— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) July 1, 2016