Wednesday 28 September 2016

'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.

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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:



























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