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Euro 2016: Wales shocks world with semi-final qualification

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<p>Cardiff erupted in joyous celebration as Wales defied the odds to reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016 after overcoming one of the favourites Belgium 3-1.</p> <p>The country had not qualified for a major tournament for nearly 60 years.</p> <p>The French town Lille – where it all took place – is bound to become enshrined in Welsh football folklore.</p> <p>Supporters were ecstatic: “Absolutely amazing. We can’t wait for the final. We will be in the final,” shouted Jessica Elliott.</p> <p>“Absolutely fantastic. Can’t wait now for Portugal,” Samuel Powell added.</p> <p>Some Belgian supporters were too lost in their own thoughts to react.</p> <p>In Brussels they watched dumbstruck as a promising early lead evaporated.</p> <p>A sloppy goal, a brilliant goal, and a final nail in the coffin five minutes from the end sunk their hopes as the unfancied Welsh swept their team away.</p> <p>“Very disappointed. Frankly, the team was set to go far and we really ruined it,” said Laurent. There was laughter as friends pretended to wipe away a tear with a Belgian flag.</p> <p>“Seriously, we all believed after the first goal, then we sat back, and that was it,” he added.</p>