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Wales thump Russia to top group and move into last sixteen

Football Soccer - Russia v Wales - EURO 2016 - Group B - Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse, France - 20/6/16 - Wales' fans cheer during the match. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
Football Soccer - Russia v Wales - EURO 2016 - Group B - Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse, France - 20/6/16 - Wales' fans cheer during the match. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

TOULOUSE (Reuters) - Wales outplayed Russia 3-0, scoring twice in the opening 20 minutes, as they moved into the round of 16 at Euro 2016 by winning Group B on Monday. Aaron Ramsey dinked the ball over Igor Akinfeev to finish off a counter-attack in the 11th minute and Neil Taylor added a second, also from a counter-attack nine minutes later as Wales took early control.

Russia had no answer to the fast, incisive Welsh breaks and survived several more chances before Gareth Bale scored his third goal of the tournament to become Euro 2016's top marksman, flicking the third past Akinfeev in the 67th minute.

Wales topped the group with six points, two ahead of England, who finished second after a 0-0 draw with Slovakia.

(Reporting by Brian Homewood; Editing by Ian Chadband)

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