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I think we get to Lyon about 12 on Wednesday. Fly into Paris Tuesday, night there then head down for a night in Lyon. Can't wait.

I was surprised how confident/bit arrogant the Belgian fans were. Literally all of them just saying they're going to beat us 2/3-0. I thought they may be a bit wary of us having not beat us in the last three meetings. Had them telling me they were going to beat us and that they'd keep Bale quiet. Forgot to keep Vokes, Williams and Hal Robson Cruyff quiet as well though!

We stayed in this bar outside the ground yesterday until 2.30am. About 75% welsh to 25% good spirited Belgians.

Some welsh fan must've had his spotify playlist up as it had all the songs blasting out for 3 hours.

Something surreal about dancing around outside the ground whilst the Barry horns tune/Manics' Uefa anthem is blasting out over the speakers. What a night.

Finally made it at home at 5.30am. Flights were booked by 9am and tickets sorted by 2.45

:cool:

****ing hell, what a time to be alive!!

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All the Belgians we spoke to were nervous and said it could go either way, some more optimistic than others, some more pessimistic, one or two said theyd win easy but was done with tongue firmly in cheek.

Shame you met some like that.

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Yeah, I was a bit surprised. Great bunch generally though.

They were a bit taken aback when I told them they could beat us and I'm not going to waste my time worrying about that before the game. What a day.

Just crossing the bridge back into the country of the only semi-finalists from Britain...

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Sitting in the elephant and castle, an English pub in the middle of deepest France, waiting for my fried breakfast to come.

Living the dream.

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I'm sat in work doing a ten hour shift to make up a small number of the 22.5 hours I'll be having off Tues-Thurs as no holidays left. Not quite living the dream today!! That resumes on Tuesday...

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told my manager on friday i'd have to be off weds and thurs if we won but couldnt put an official request in because that would obviously jinx it, seemed ok with it at the time so hopefully they'll be ok with it tomorrow

few cocky belgians before the game tbh, think they thought they just had to turn up. one seemed delighted to have changed dont take me home to sending them home :D

vast majority were great before,during and after. same as in brussels and cardiff

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Holiday approved, Eurostar booked, Hotel booked.

Not sure how much work I'll do today or tomorrow now :D

These trips are costing a fortune :D

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Looking forward to actually getting a bit of time in Lyon. When we were over for the group stage we did so much travelling it was literally motorway-hotel-stadium-hotel most days and back on the road. We had a couple of spare days in Bordeaux but we did Paris, St Etienne, Toulouse, Marseille and Lille without even finding the town centres at all :D

Landing about 11am Wednesday in Lyon (plus not having to drive), so should be able to get a few ales in and a bit of wandering about.

Are the fan zones now closed during the day since there are no early kickoffs?

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Think it was 3 hours before the game the other day

Yeah holiday approved here too. I am physically, emotionally and financially spent

The most unbelievable month of my life

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Lurker alert :D

Any of you about in the Meyzieu area tonight/tomorrow?

Found myself in Lyon randomly for the match, might have a spare ticket too, not that there seems to have been a shortage

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Stuck on the slow train out to Gatwick. Premier Inn awaits, then 8.10am flight tomorrow. Ridiculously excited, even though I'm not Welsh... Still probably the biggest match I've ever been to.

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Just in from Paris after a bit of food and a few beers.

9am train to Lyon in the morning. Every player has stood up to the task so far, hopefully Andy King and James Collins continue that. See you on the other side :thup:

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I just can't see what his logic would be there. Gunter has been superb at rwb thus tournament, Richards won't offer half as much out wide. Plus Collins is a better player than him

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We've done it in the past. It's worked well.

Just think he might decide Collins hasn't got the legs to go against CR7.

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Some guy's just gone up to him and asked for a photo with his little lad. "Can I get a picture of you with my son... He's got no idea who you are though."

Amazing.

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Haha excellent

I think I'd go Collins, have changed my mind based on the fact we would be changing 3 players around - Chester would have to move to left of the 3

What about Rambo's replacement? Think I'd go King to start, then bring Jonny on to run at them around the hour mark

I'll message you when I'm in Gregg

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I'd go with Joniesta to replace Ramsey.

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Yeah that's a fair point. Where are you boys in Lyon. We will be appproaching shortly.

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On the tram to the ground. Early but I'm going to see Wales in the European Championship semi final

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Not sure the atmosphere will be as good from us tonight. Lot of bandwagon day trip rugby boys I think

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The journey is over. What a journey it was though.

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Just got in

Nothing but proud. Amazing night. Amazing time.

Best 3 or 4 weeks of my life. What a team.

See you boys in Austria?

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Austria in October, can't wait

New thread for the new campaign, Moldova in September it begins

Just read through this thread to see where we have come from and what this means

We were in match 3 and we were in match 49 of 51, we rocked this competition from start to finish. It was everything I ever dreamed of and more, absolutely bursting with pride

#TogetherStronger

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Posted this on Facebook. Equally valid here:

Just woke up here in Lyon, still a bit gutted from last night. With the disappointment though, is an immense sense of pride.

Pride in a group of players who have fought brilliantly and gone beyond all expectations for us and delivered what we only dared to dream of. We could all pick and niggle at what might have been had we had two missing players available, had we used other options as replacements, had we responded better to the first goal, but that ignores what a massive achievement it was to get to this point anyway. To get beyond a semi final to a final is always going to be about the small margins and so let's be proud.

Pride also in our supporters, tens of thousands of us have been in France, some longer than others, some making mind boggling & physically daunting trips home in between games. Every French person I've met on this trip has wished us well. It's been the same with fans of other nations too. It cannot be described how it feels to see a strangers face light up with delight when you tell them you are from Wales. We've all been great ambassadors for this country of ours. We've done ourselves proud.

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Great posts.

Not much more for me to add. Think we've covered pretty much every mode of transport in the last 3 weeks and wouldn't change it for the world. Missed Northern Ireland but to be there for nearly every step of such a journey will live with me forever.

Amazing.

We don't have to qualify for another 58 years now, I'm happy, I've seen it all.

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Nothing more to add, will be in Cardiff tomorrow to celebrate our heroes achievements.

Must crack on towards this World Cup now. Have to keep this momentum up and build a legacy. One game at a time, together stronger.

An overview:

Moldova + Georgia obviously potential banana skins but really have to be taking 12 points off these

Ireland :Need 4 points here imo

Austria: Initially our main scare I thought, but suffered a poor Euro's and to play them away this October could be at just the right time.

Serbia: Not been at their best of recent but still the 6-1 defeat lurks in the back of my mind. Need 3 points here.

Most of my mates love the rugby so going to Austria is going to be annoyingly difficult.

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That's the main thing for you guys. You've done well to get that far in the summer, but it can all fall apart pretty quickly. Looking at that group, you should be able to challenge for the top spot. Serbia aren't the team they once were. And Georgia, who would get beat off Georgia in Tbilisi? Twice. *sobs* Austria could be looking for a reaction though, they were very good in qualifying but dreadful at the tournament. I'd have them as slight favourites, but essentially you're looking at whether Wales can keep up the form, and whether Austria can buck theirs. Could go either way.

A straight fight between you and Austria, with Ireland finishing a close third IMO. Playoff spot at least.

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This month has brought back my love for the game. It has made me feel slightly embarrassed I didn't try harder to watch the team more often.

Just want to keep watching Wales, wherever I can.

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This month has brought back my love for the game. It has made me feel slightly embarrassed I didn't try harder to watch the team more often.

Just want to keep watching Wales, wherever I can.

Tickets for the WC qualifiers will be out soon.

Welcome aboard :thup:

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Such an amazing experience. Will try and get the season ticket this time if there are seats in areas I like to sit.

Don't know if I'd go to Russia though. Not somewhere i particularly have on the bucket list. May well depend where our gsmes were if we get there.

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Got home at about midnight. rather shattered.

What was the damage on the car after chops?

Oh & 1:40 lads :D

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Got home at about midnight. rather shattered.

What was the damage on the car after chops?

Oh & 1:40 lads :D

Haha quality! I was on itv news before the England game. They cut my prediction out though the ********!

The damage on the car not too bad tbh. It was about £70 each to hire and with tolls etc included but they've charged us an extra £188 for the massive dent in it after an awfully ambitious U Turn in central Paris after a sat nav that didn't work took us the wrong direction :D

We pulled up to Lyon train station to drop the car off yesterday and parked it in the middle of two cars despite 200 empty spaces so it probably looked a bit dodgy from the off. My mate dropped the keys in and they just took it off him so we thought we'd got away with it but they billed him today. Only about £40 each, was expecting more like £500-£750 in total so relieved with that. All part of the experience :D

Cracking hour at the stadium today, missed most of the scenes in Cardiff centre but headed to the stadium and it was a good chance to say thanks and relive some of the memories. Was welling up when they showed the Belgium highlights. The finest night of them all, id be amazed if that is ever beaten.

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Add Gazza and me to the list of Wales fans caught on TV. We were on BBC news walking back to Lyon station after the Portugal game, also got interviewed by Capital Wales but I'm not sure if that made the air.

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