It took Wales deep into the second half to add another to their kitty but it was only a reflection of how good Akinfeev was. Nine shots on target in a dominating first half performance should be reason enough for every other side to fear Bale and his men. In the end, the result and top place were the ideal combo that Chris Coleman would have wished for and his charges delivered in the most glorious fashion.
Player of the game
For all the attention that Bale corners as the lynchpin, Ramsey slots silently behind as the creative engine. With opposition defence concentrating on Bale’s runs, Ramsey always slots in the space left behind to mastermind the attack. He was in full flow against Russia destroying them with a goal and an assist. A performance worth more than the man of the match for Aaron Ramsey!