Euro 2016: Wales boss Chris Coleman predicting tough Northern Ireland test

first_img1 Wales play Northern Ireland on Saturday Wales manager Chris Coleman expects to face a resilient Northern Ireland in their Battle of Britain at Euro 2016.The pair were thrown together for a last 16 tie when the Republic of Ireland pulled off a shock 1-0 victory over Italy to reach the same stage of the competition.Robbie Brady’s late header changed the dynamics of the second round draw as Turkey, who had been expected to play Group B winners Wales, were eliminated.Northern Ireland, one of the four best third-placed teams, had been lined up to play against hosts France, but instead will now provide opposition for Wales at the Parc des Princes in Paris on Saturday evening.Coleman said: “Northern Ireland are more physical than Turkey.“They get the ball forward quicker. That’s where their strength is.“They are superbly organised and defensively so difficult to break down.“They are excellent from set plays.”Coleman said the camp were back in game mode after celebrating the 3-0 victory over Russia, which confirmed them as finishing above England to win their group.The squad had a barbecue with family and friends in Toulouse before heading back to their Brittany base.Coleman also said the players ended their booze ban by celebrating victory with a couple of beers after the game.“It was great as we had not had a beer since we had been in camp,” said Coleman.“Some of the senior players came to me in the dressing room as we had one can of beer each in the dressing room.“They came to be and said ‘can we have one beer back at the hotel? Then we will call it a night as we are playing on Saturday’.“I didn’t have to say ‘don’t be stupid’ or anything. They took care of that.“Then it was a great atmosphere at the hotel, all the kids were there. We all needed it.“The chefs did the food. I don’t trust any of us! I have done a few BBQs myself in my garden, but I am not sure I could give the type of burgers I dish up to our lads.”last_img

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