Whilst England were grinding their way to a 0-0 draw with Slovakia in Saint-Etienne, Joe Ledley and Wales were cruising to the top of Group B with an emphatic win over Russia.
Thanks to goals from Aaron Ramsey, Neil Taylor and the talismanic figure of Gareth Bale, Chris Coleman’s Dragons crushed a hapless Russian side to gleefully rob a frustrated England squad of top place in the group following the conclusion of the three-fixture campaign.
On a personal level, Ledley will have felt a huge sense of satisfaction at being named in the Welsh starting XI for the second game running after suffering a broken leg whilst playing for Crystal Palace against Swansea less than two months ago.
Thankfully for both he and his coaches, he shook off any nagging concerns over his fitness after sustaining a knock against England on Thursday to play 76 minutes of tonight’s clash before being replaced by Leicester City’s Andy King.
On a night which saw Russia’s manager resign from his position during his post-match press conference, Ledley indulged the screams from Wales supporters at full-time, who all seemed to be desperate to see him pull out another set of dance moves after his now infamous display in front of the cameras when he and his teammates first secured their safe passage through to Euro 2016 earlier in the year.
As a much loved player of the current Crystal Palace squad, our supporters are almost certain to unanimously put their frustration at England’s blunt attacking display to one side and congratulate Ledley, Jonny Williams and Wayne Hennessey for what is a historic achievement on their part over in France during the last week or so.
Having now topped Group B in fine style, they can turn their attention forward to Saturday night, where they will face a third-placed side for a chance to compete in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. God only knows what shapes Joe Ledley will pull out of the bag if they make it that far.