It’s a great feeling. We were a bit disappointed after the USA game, and the only way to bounce back is to have a good performance in your next game; I thought we did it. It was just about taking the chances when they came.
I fancied a free-kick in the first half, but the one in the second half was in a better position. From there it’s about being calm and executing what you do in training. They don’t go in often but I was glad it did today.
At half-time the manager said we’d played really but that we could work the keeper more. In the second half we did that.
Moments like this, this is what I pplay football for. I’m really happy that we’re going through and I hope we can build on this performance. I have massive ambition for this team and I think we play even better.
“Well done England,” says Matt Dony. “The best side won. But, I’ve seen Wales play at the World Cup. That’s huge. There will always be a sadness over how the side have performed, but they were there. They played at the World Cup. Gareth Bale has scored a World Cup goal.
“In years to come, I won’t think about the one point or the fourth place. I’ll remember watching Wales play at the World Cup. Diolch, bois. Mae wedi bod yn anhygoel. Pasio y Penderyn i mi.”
It’ll make a great book one day
There are nine minutes of added time in the match between Iran and the USA. Get yourself over there.
Peep peep! England top the group after an ultimately comfortable victory over Wales. Marcus Rashford (2) and Phil Foden scored the goals, having been brought into the side tonight, and England will now play Senegal in the last 16 on Sunday evening.
It’s a sad end to a golden age of Welsh football. They defended well in the first half but again struggled to keep the ball, and Gareth Bale went off injured at half-time. They’ve done themselves proud – not necessarily tonight, but certainly over the past decade. This group of players have given millions of people some of the happiest moments of their lives.
90+4 min After an absurd slalom from Grealish, Foden has a close-range shot blocked.
90+1 min John Stones misses an absolute sitter, half-volleying into orbit from six yards after Maguire had headed a corner back across goal.
90+1 min Four minutes of added time.
90 min Probably fair to assume James Maddison won’t be getting on the field at this World Cup.
90 min So anyway: England v Senegal on Sunday evening and, as things stand, the Netherlands v the USA on Saturday afternoon. That’ll be the first game of the knockout stage.
89 min “Has it been a ‘desperately disappointing World Cup’ for Wales?” says Vic Rushton. “They held a good USA team, lost in injury time v a superior Iran and, were it not for the set piece, were successfully frustrating England. As the Pompey fan pointed out, what could you realistically expect with the players they have available?”
I think it has, though maybe some of us expected too much based on previous achievement. It’s the meekness of the performances, rather than the results, that has been the really disappointing thing.
87 min A brilliant crossfield pass from Idon’tknow is chested down by Moore on the edge of the area, but Stones holds him up well and Moore eventually shoots miles wide.
84 min A loose ball falls nicely for Colwill, 22 yards out, but his snapshot goes high over the bar.
84 min Wilson’s free-kick hits the wall.
83 min Moore is fouled by Maguire, 25 yards from goal. The angle would be perfect for Bale, but in his absence it’ll be Harry Wilson to take it…
82 min Gianni Infantino’s self-satisfied coupon appears on the big screen, prompting a chorus of boos.
82 min “The problem England have now is that they’ve far too many players who play as a sort of inside left,” says Andy Flintoff. “There’s Mount, Grealish, Foden and Rashford. After a period where we didn’t have any, we now have loads. Where precisely have they come from? Was there some sort of secret inside-left factory set up in the early 2000s, when there weren’t many, and it’s only just bearing fruit?”
81 min: Wales substitution Joe Allen is replaced by Rubin Colwill.
81 min There’s a break in play while Joe Allen receives treatment. I think he may have suffered a recurrence of the hamstring injury that kept him out at the start of the tournament.
79 min Good luck picking a team for the match against Senegal. I suspect Gareth Southgate will go back to Sterling and Saka, but Henderson might stay in midfield ahead of Mount.
77 min: Good save from Ward! Callum Wilson – who really is deputising for Harry Kane by becoming England’s creator in chief – puts Bellingham through on goal. He slides a low shot across goal that is saved smartly to his left by Ward, and Bellingham’s follow-up just evades Foden.
77 min: Wales substitution Harry Wilson replaces Dan James.
75 min: England substitution Jack Grealish replaces Marcus Rashford, who gets the warmest of ovations from the crowd and a lovely embrace from Gareth Southgate. His comeback – before this tournament his last kick for England was that penalty against Italy – is becoming one of the feelgood stories of the World Cup.
75 min This is the first time England have scored nine goals in the group stage of a major tournament. Southgate out!
73 min An enterprising run from Brennan Johnson ends with a cross-shot that is blocked by Trippier.
72 min Almost a hat-trick for Rashford! Wilson ran at a backpedalling defence and again showed his selfless side by flicking it outside to Rashford. His low, sidefooted shot was kicked round the near post by Ward.
71 min It’s been a desperately disappointing World Cup for Wales. But we shouldn’t forget that this is part of a much bigger story, one that involves Euro 2016, Euro 2020 and, of course, Gary Speed. And while it was a tournament too far for Bale and Ramsey, they have been responsible for some of the most euphoric moments in Welsh football history. A crap fortnight in Qatar doesn’t change that.
70 min Since Clueless Gareth switched his wingers at half-time, they’ve scored three goals.
That’s England’s 100th World Cup goal. Phillips arrowed a sweet pass down the right wing to release Rashford. He moved into the area, cut inside Roberts and belted a left-footed shot that went through the legs of the unsighted Ward.
Marcus Rashford is having a night out.
66 min “Joe Morrell plays for Portsmouth,” says Paulo Biriani. “Portsmouth. That’s what Rob Page has at his disposal. And I’m a Pompey fan.”
65 min Another change for England: Kieran Trippier replaces Luke Shaw.
64 min And while we’re doing videos, here are the England goals.