Davis and Northern Ireland see EURO 2016 dream end

By SFC Media time Sat 25 Jun Club

Steven Davis and Northern Ireland saw their memorable EURO 2016 run end this evening, as they were knocked out of the tournament by Wales.

Gareth McAuley's 75th-minute own goal separated the sides, as the Welsh prevailed 1-0 at Parc des Princes, in Paris, to reach the quarter-finals.

The West Brom defender accidentally diverted a wicked Gareth Bale cross into his own net from close range, having had little choice but to attempt to reach it, with Hal Robson-Kanu set to convert otherwise.

The goal means that Southampton academy graduate Bale and the rest of Chris Coleman's team will advance to face the winner of tomorrow's clash between Hungary and Belgium for a spot in the semi-finals.

For Northern Ireland and Saints midfielder Davis, who was booked for a foul on Bale during the second half, it meant their competition came to an end at the last 16 stage.

However, they can still reflect on a historic few weeks in France, with the country never having reached a European Championship finals before, let alone the knockout stages of one.

It was also their first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup, with the highlight being their 2-0 win over Ukraine in the group stage, which proved enough to see them through as one of the best third-placed sides.

Davis will now get a few weeks off, before linking up with Saints for pre-season later in the summer.

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