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Round of 16 (Day 1) Switzerland/Poland, Wales/Northern Ireland, Croatia/Portugal

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Great shame for McAuley. :( He couldn't do much about it, but he must be feeling shit right now.

Also, why the hell did Chris Coleman leave Williams on when he was clearly injured? Irresponsible, if you ask me.

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Well done Wales!  A great achievement getting to a Euro Qtr-final. 

Got to feel sorry for N.I though and Gareth McCauley in particular.

Even when Gareth Bale is quiet, he is so dangerous.  Adds that bit of quality when needed. 

Not to forget the great work Gary Speed did with Wales as well.   

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Northern Ireland fought well, but in the end lacked quality going forward. I've no idea how Will Grigg did not get on the pitch ahead of Magennis and Washington.

Wales will be found out rather quickly if their lengthy run of luck falters when playing against a decent side.

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The Croatia-Portugal referee appears to have forgotten to bring the yellow card to the match. There were at least three fouls on each side any of which could have drawn one.

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Well, it was not so bad relative to the first half, but they just aren't getting anything done. It doesn't help that except maybe for the 18 year old Sanchez (who I suppose is too young to have mastered the art of diving), practically every player on both teams treats every instance of contact  as if somebody had very nearly killed them.

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1 minute ago, Mark Antony said:

Poland/Swiss was decent but damn these last two games have made for boring ass viewing. Here I was thinking the quality would increase in the knockouts. 

It rarely does, players get too nervous.

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