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Wales goalscoring heroes get special praise as underdogs march on

By Paul Burrows

Published 02/07/2016

Get in: Wales’ Ashley Williams celebrates his equaliser last night
Get in: Wales’ Ashley Williams celebrates his equaliser last night

Victorious Wales manager Chris Coleman hailed the three goalscorers who helped his side book their place in the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

Ashley Williams, Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes scored the goals as the Welsh beat Belgium 3-1 in Lille to create history.

Before this tournament Wales had only ever qualified for one major finals, the 1958 World Cup, and now they are in the last four.

Coleman said: "I'm really happy for Sam Vokes actually because he doesn't always start, but he always turns up and he's worked incredibly hard.

"For Ashley Williams to score, Ash doesn't score many, but he could have had a hat-trick tonight. But what a leader - absolutely brilliant.

"And Hal Robson-Kanu, wow, what a great performance.

"And Andy King coming on tonight, he did a great job for us. He's a great fella to have in the dressing room."

Captain Williams was more interested in his team's passage into the final four than his 30th-minute effort which cancelled out Radja Nainggolan stunning opener after 13 minutes, which came after Belgium dominated the opening period of the game.

"I'm pleased. Obviously I'm more pleased that we got through. but I don't score many," said Williams, who had only previously scored one international goal.

"It was nice to help the team out, I thought we deserved a goal at that period as well - we were playing some good stuff.

Wales' forward Hal Robson-Kanu (L) celebrates after scoring a goal with Wales' forward Gareth Bale (R) during the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Wales and Belgium at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq near Lille, on July 1, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' forward Hal Robson-Kanu (L) celebrates after scoring a goal with Wales' forward Gareth Bale (R) during the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Wales and Belgium at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq near Lille, on July 1, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Supporters react at the fan zone of the General De Gaulle square in Lille, northern France, on July 1, 2016 as they watch the Euro 2016 football match between Belgium and Wales. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS LO PRESTIFRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP/Getty Images
LILLE, FRANCE - JULY 01: Wales player Gareth Bale celebrates after the UEFA Euro 2016 Quarter Final match between Wales and Belguim at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on July 1, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
LILLE, FRANCE - JULY 01: Wales player Gareth Bale celebrates after the UEFA Euro 2016 Quarter Final match between Wales and Belguim at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on July 1, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
LILLE, FRANCE - JULY 01: Wales supporters celebrate their team's 3-1 win in the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Wales and Belgium at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on July 1, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
A Belgium supporter reacts after the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Wales and Belgium at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq near Lille, on July 1, 2016. Wales won the match 3-1. / AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
Wales fans celebrate after Wales score their third goal at a screening of the Euro 2016 quarter final match between Wales and Belgium at the fan zone in Cardiff, south Wales on July 1, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Geoff CADDICKGEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images
LILLE, FRANCE - JULY 01: Wales players celebrate their 3-1 win after the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Wales and Belgium at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on July 1, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Wales' forward Hal Robson-Kanu (R) scores a goal during the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Wales and Belgium at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq near Lille, on July 1, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' Gareth Bale (right) and teammates celebrate after the UEFA Euro 2016, quarter final match at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1 2016. See PA story SOCCER Wales. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Wales' Hal Robson Kanu celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Euro 2016 quarterfinal soccer match between Wales and Belgium, at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve dAscq, near Lille, France, Friday, July 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Wales' Hal Robson-Kanu celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016, quarter final match at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1 2016. See PA story SOCCER Wales. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Wales fans celebrate their teams second goal during the Wales v Belgium game at Coopers Field fanzone, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1 2016. See PA story SOCCER Wales. Photo credit should read: Simon Galloway/PA Wire.
Wales fans celebrate their teams second goal during the Wales v Belgium game at Coopers Field fanzone, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1 2016. See PA story SOCCER Wales. Photo credit should read: Simon Galloway/PA Wire.
Wales' Joe Allen (right) and Belgium's Dries Mertens battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016, quarter final match at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1 2016. See PA story SOCCER Wales. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Wales' Hal Robson Kanu, center, controls the ball between Belgium's Thomas Meunier, left, and Marouane Fellaini before scoring his team's second goal during the Euro 2016 quarterfinal soccer match between Wales and Belgium, at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve dAscq, near Lille, France, Friday, July 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Wales' Hal Robson Kanu, right, shoots to score next to Belgium's Thomas Meunier during the Euro 2016 quarterfinal soccer match between Wales and Belgium, at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve dAscq, near Lille, France, Friday, July 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Wales' Gareth Bale (left) and Belgium's Marouane Fellaini battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016, quarter final match at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1 2016. See PA story SOCCER Wales. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Wales' players and Belgium players tussle for position during a free kick during the UEFA Euro 2016, quarter final match at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1 2016. See PA story SOCCER Wales. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Wales manager Chris Coleman (left) and fitness coach Ryland Morgans (right) celebrate after Hal Robson-Kanu (not in picture) scores his side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016, quarter final match at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1 2016. See PA story SOCCER Wales. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Wales' Hal Robson-Kanu celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016, quarter final match at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1 2016. See PA story SOCCER Wales. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Wales' Hal Robson-Kanu (hidden) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with coaching staff and players during the UEFA Euro 2016, quarter final match at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1 2016. See PA story SOCCER Wales. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Wales' Hal Robson-Kanu (left) scores his side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016, quarter final match at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1 2016. See PA story SOCCER Wales. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Wales' Chris Gunter celebrates his side's second goal of the game scored by Wales' Hal Robson-Kanu (not in picture) during the UEFA Euro 2016, quarter final match at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1 2016. See PA story SOCCER Wales. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Wales' Hal Robson-Kanu (left) scores his side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016, quarter final match at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1 2016. See PA story SOCCER Wales. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Wales' Hal Robson-Kanu (centre) scores his sides second goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016, quarter final match at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1 2016. See PA story SOCCER Wales. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Wales' Chris Gunter (right) is booked by match referee Damir Skomina (left) during the UEFA Euro 2016, quarter final match at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1 2016. See PA story SOCCER Wales. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Wales' Ashley Williams, foreground, celebrates scoring an equalizer during the Euro 2016 quarterfinal soccer match between Wales and Belgium, at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve dAscq, near Lille, France, Friday, July 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Wales and Belgium supporters cheer in a street of Lille on July 1, 2016 before the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Wales and Belgium. AFP/Getty Images
Wales team group (L - R Top) Wales' Hal Robson-Kanu, Ashley Williams, Wane Hennessey, james Chester, Joe Ledley Aaron Ramsey (L - R Bottom) Wales' Gareth Bale, Joe Allen, Neil Taylor, Chris Gunter, Ben Davies during the UEFA Euro 2016, quarter final match at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1 2016. See PA story SOCCER Wales. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
LILLE, FRANCE - JULY 01: A young Wales supporter is seen prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Wales and Belgium at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on July 1, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Belgium supporters wait for the start of the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Wales and Belgium at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq near Lille, on July 1, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
LILLE, FRANCE - JULY 01: A Wales fan shows the support prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Wales and Belgium at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on July 1, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Belgium supporters wait for the start of the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Wales and Belgium at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq near Lille, on July 1, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A Belgium supporter waits for the start of the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Wales and Belgium at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq near Lille, on July 1, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
LILLE, FRANCE - JULY 01: A Belgium supporter enjoys the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Wales and Belgium at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on July 1, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
LILLE, FRANCE - JULY 01: A Belgium supporter enjoys the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Wales and Belgium at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on July 1, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
LILLE, FRANCE - JULY 01: A Belgium supporter enjoys the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Wales and Belgium at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on July 1, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Belgium supporters cheer for their team before the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Wales and Belgium at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq near Lille, on July 1, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
LILLE, FRANCE - JULY 01: A Belgium supporter enjoys the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Wales and Belgium at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on July 1, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
A Belgium supporter smiles before the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Wales and Belgium at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq near Lille, on July 1, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A Belgium supporter gestures before the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Wales and Belgium at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq near Lille, on July 1, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
LILLE, FRANCE - JULY 01: Wales fans show their support prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Wales and Belgium at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on July 1, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
LILLE, FRANCE - JULY 01: A Belgium supporter enjoys the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Wales and Belgium at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on July 1, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
A Belgium supporter gestures before the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Wales and Belgium at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq near Lille, on July 1, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
LILLE, FRANCE - JULY 01: Wales fans show their support prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Wales and Belgium at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on July 1, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Wales' Gareth Bale (centre, right) with Wales' Joe Ledley (centre, left) during warm-up before the UEFA Euro 2016, quarter final match at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille. PA
Wales fans ahead of watching the Wales v Belgium game at Coopers Field fanzone, Cardiff. PA
Gareth Bale (4th L) and Wales players inspect the pitch prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Wales and Belgium at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on July 1, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Wales supporters cheer in a street of Lille on July 1, 2016 before the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Wales and Belgium. / AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
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Belgium's supporters cheer their team at the main square, La Grand Place, in Lille on July 1, 2016 ahead of the Euro 2016 football tournament quarter final match between Belgium and Wales. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
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A Belgium supporter cheers in the streets of Lille on July 1, 2016 before the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Wales and Belgium. / AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
Belgium supporters cheer in the streets of Lille on July 1, 2016 before the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Wales and Belgium. / AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
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"It's hard to take in at the minute to be honest.

"We've spoken about the character in this team before. Our first time in the quarter-finals (of the European Championships), to be one down against such a quality opponent, I thought we showed unbelievable strength of character to come back."

Robson-Kanu was preferred to Vokes, who had started the last 16 game against Northern Ireland last Saturday which Wales won 1-0.

He spun three Belgian defenders before putting Wales in front 10 minutes into the second half.

"We did well to get back into the game in the first half," said Robson-Kanu. "We knew if we kept playing how we did in the first half, we would get our just rewards and that was it.

"We've played them a few times over the last few years so we know how to play against them.

"It was disappointing to go 1-0 down but we just kept to our game-plan, kept moving the ball and obviously we got the goal back and took it on from there," he said.

"We've got world-class players in our team, so defensively we can be as solid as a rock and I think with those two combined, we stand a good chance.

"We'll enjoy tonight and prepare for the next game."

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