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Ledley and Hennessey Help Wales Top Group

21 June 2016


Palace's Joe Ledley and Wayne Hennessey started for Wales on Monday night as they beat Russia 3-0 to top Group B and qualify for the last 16 at Euro 2016.

The Eagles duo remained in Chris Coleman's line-up following their last gasp defeat to England last week, and the Red Dragons stormed past their opponents with Aaron Ramsey and Neil Taylor putting them two goals ahead at half-time.

Hennessey made a tremendous reaction save after the break to prevent Artem Dzyuba getting Russia back into the game, and Gareth Bale netted the third to clinch the victory for Wales that ensured them a place in the knockout stages.

Ledley departed the fray after 77 minutes having shown no ill-affects from the injury that saw him withdrawn against England, and after Roy Hodgson's side drew 0-0 with Slovakia it meant that Wales advanced as group winners.

They will now play in Paris on Saturday against one of the third placed sides from Groups A, C or D, which will be decided on Tuesday evening.

It also means that all four Palace representatives at the tournament have made it through to the last 16 as group winners, after Yohan Cabaye's France drew with Switzerland to top Group A on Sunday.

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