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How Twitter reacted to Wales’ heroic Euro 2016 qualification

| 11.10.2015

Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Chris Coleman and the whole of Wales were celebrating wildly upon the final whistle, as if they’d just won the World Cup.

They’d actually just lost a game, to Bosnia and Herzegovina in their penultimate Euro 2016 qualifier, but results elsewhere meant the Dragons were heading to a major tournament for the first time since 1958. This must be what winning the World Cup feels like.

Matching the celebrations on the Bilino Polje pitch, where the Klinsmann dive and the birthday bumps were favourites, Twitter and the rest of social media revelled in the achievement of Coleman’s men.

Here’s the best of that reaction:

As you’d expect from the most expensive player in the world, Gareth Bale was key to the country’s qualification. He didn’t mind losing on the night:

Before their 2-0 defeat, Wales had shipped just twice in qualifying, helping them seal their place in France early:

It will be the first time Wales have ever appeared at the European Championships:

Amid the hysteria, the side still found time to tip their hat to the man that started it all:

Some people have already started planning their sticker albums:

Joe Ledley found the time to throw some shapes:

But the moment Coleman and his players found out about Cyprus’ 2-1 win over Israel made for the best TV of the night:

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.