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In the end nobody was on fire at the Parc des Princes. No one seemed that terrified either, except perhaps those spectators haunted by the possibility this gruelling last-16 match might stretch on into extra time.
Whenever Chris Coleman’s players return from France – and it could be a while yet – the homecoming is guaranteed to be more lively than the last and only other occasion they reached the quarter-finals of a major tournament.
For Northern Ireland the ride stops here; albeit with a rueful, celebratory roar rather than the usual tournament tears.
In many respects it was fitting that an own goal proved decisive, because this was one of the tougher watches of Euro 2016. Wales did not care and their delight knew no limits when Gareth McAuley stretched out a leg to divert Gareth Bale’s cross into his own net.
Michael O’Neill wants to see his Northern Ireland team play from the heart against Wales in Paris on Saturday night, in direct contrast to his opposite number Chris Coleman, who has appealed to his players to use their heads and not get carried away with the local rivalry.
Chris Coleman believes his Wales players are yet to peak and has urged them to show no fear against Northern Ireland as they seek to reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. Speaking on the eve of Saturday’s last-16 tie at the Parc des Princes, the Wales manager challenged his team to push themselves to the limit but also cautioned against getting wrapped up in the emotion of the occasion.