So, both Wales and England are through to the knockout stages of Euro 2016 after the final round of games in Group B, however in rather different manners.
England battered Slovakia for 90 minutes, but just couldn’t penetrate the bus that Slovakia parked in front of the goal. Chris Smalling did his very best to make the game interesting, with an awful chested back pass that could have seen him hung out to dry by the English press. Fortunately the Slovakian (no idea of his name) bottled it, and a draw was enough to take us through in second place. The smart money will now be on England to face the hosts in the last 8, which could be epic. Payet and Co have been erratic too, but we can’t see them losing in the 2nd round of games.
Wales did what England couldn’t do, and kept a clean sheet against the Russians. Not only that they managed to walk in three goals too. Even Neil Taylor managed to score, his first goal since 2010 when he scored for Wrexham in the Conference, mental. The Russians looked like a team that had been up all night rioting, they probably had to be fair, at least they stuck to what they’re good at.
So that all means this:
Finishing as Group B runners-up, England will face the second-placed team in Group F in Nice on Monday (20:00 BST), a game which we’ll be at! Expect some videos on our Facebook page next week.
That could well be Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, who knocked England out of Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
But it could also be either Austria, Hungary or Iceland, who can all still finish second. All of which we should fancy our chances against. Group F’s final matches are played on Wednesday, so watch out for the results.
Wales will play a third-place team from either Group A (Albania), Group D (Czech Republic, Croatia or Turkey) or Group C (Germany, Poland or Northern Ireland).