Russia 0, Wales 3Wales hero Gareth Bale hailed the best night of his international career after they routed Russia to pip England to first place in Group B and, in theory, an easier draw for the Euro 2016 knockout stages. Bale crowned a comprehensive victory with his third goal of the competition – putting him top of the scoring charts – after earlier strikes from midfielder Aaron Ramsey and defender Neil Taylor.
Ramsey scored after just 10 minutes when he ran onto Joe Allen’s through-ball and the Arsenal player chipped over Igor Akinfeev. Swansea left-back Taylor scored his first goal for club or country in six years when he finished at the second attempt. Ramsey teed up Bale to beat Akinfeev with the outside of his left foot midway through the second half, and coach Leonid Slutski capped a miserable campaign for eliminated Russia by resigning after the final whistle.