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Bale leads Wales into last eight of Euro 2016

Gareth Bale

Wales continued to exceed expectations with a 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland that sees them into the quarter-final of the Euro 2016 tournament.

A game which produced few clear-cut chances was transformed 15 minutes from time by a precision pass into the goalmouth by Real Madrid star Gareth Bale which was touched into his own goal by Gareth McAuley.

It was a heartbreaking moment for the Irishman, but Welsh striker Hal Robson-Kanu was closing behind him and would probably have scored.

Wales will now play Belgium or Hungary in the quarter-final.

Poland are also into the last eight for the first time after beating Switzerland 5-4 on penalties. The game finished 1-1 in normal time.

They will play Portugal who beat much-fancied Croatia by the only goal – and only shot on target –  three minutes from the end of extra time. Croatia were unlucky, creating several chances at the end of the match and hitting the post just before Portugal scored.


Greig Laidlaw vidRugby: Greig Laidlaw kicked Scotland to their second victory over Japan to win the series.

The captain came off the bench in the 50th minute to score four kicks and lead the team to a 21-16 success.

It was a poor start for the visitors who trailed 16-9 until Laidlaw’s introduction.

England completed their first ever series whitewash over Australia with victory in the final Test in Sydney.

The 44-40 success was England’s biggest ever points total against the Wallabies, and they became the first touring team to win all three test matches in Australia since South Africa in 1971.


Horse racingHarzand followed up his Epsom Derby triumph by winning the Irish equivalent at the Curragh.

The 4-6 favourite, owned by the Aga Khan, is the 18th horse to complete the double and is now likely to be aimed at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris in October.

Ridden by Pat Smullen for trainer Dermot Weld, Harzand is the son of 2009 Epsom champion Sea The Stars and won by half a length from the Aidan O’Brien-trained Idaho.


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