Wales advances to Euro 2016 quarterfinals on McAuley own goal

Wales is onto the Euro 2016 quarterfinals after edging Northern Ireland 1-0 in Paris on an own goal by Gareth McAuley.

The Northern Ireland defender was trying to cut out a ferocious cross from the left from Gareth Bale, and he inadvertently hit the ball into his own net with his sliding effort.

It was one moment in a match devoid of chances, with both teams struggling to take the initiative and create. Wales thought it had a goal in the opening half, but Aaron Ramsey was offside when touching home Sam Vokes's looping header, which may have gone in on its own. 

Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern did his part, keeping out a dangerous Bale free kick in the second half with a diving save, but he couldn't do anything about the own goal in the 75th minute.

Wales will play either Belgium or Hungary in the quarterfinals.

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