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Wales in 'incredible position' after Belgium win

"Indescribable" for Chris Coleman, Wales's latest UEFA EURO triumph left Man of the Match Hal Robson-Kanu "on cloud nine" and looking down on a Belgian side ruing costly absences.

Wales celebrate their remarkable triumph
Wales celebrate their remarkable triumph ©Getty Images

Chris Coleman, Wales manager
You dream about nights like this. You're never sure if you're going to be good or lucky enough to be involved in a night like this. It's indescribable really to experience it.

Four years ago we were as far away from today as you could be. It's a great example of believing and working hard enough. That's what we've done and we find ourselves in an incredible position.

Once Hal Robson-Kanu is in that mood, he's up for everything. Physically he's a defender's nightmare. He was full of enthusiasm, he put in so much work and I'm delighted he got his goal. He nearly missed the tournament because of injury.

When you play against a team as good as Belgium, what you don't want to do is to fall behind early on. You know if you have too many bodies forward they're going to hurt you. But once they'd scored, our worst fears had happened and immediately we bossed the first half. They couldn't work out our rotations.

Coleman euphoric after victory

There were long periods where we were in control of possession. We didn't nick the result. But when we needed to defend, we defended like soldiers. Our boys were fantastic and thoroughly deserved it.

The whole experience for us is uncharted territory. All we can do is to keep reiterating to them to never forget what it has taken for us to get here. You can't always go into a game and control the result; you can only control your own performance tactically and technically.

I can imagine three million people back home going crazy. I know my team are good enough to perform against anybody. We've got to approach the next game as we have all the others. I don't think about winning the tournament. The big challenge is ourselves and getting our players to perform without fear.

Hal Robson-Kanu enjoys his goal
Hal Robson-Kanu enjoys his goal©AFP/Getty Images

Hal Robson-Kanu, Wales striker and Man of the Match
We're on cloud nine. We've been working for this for many years and it's about nights like this when we've got the rewards and taken the opportunities. We're so proud we've done the nation proud.

We were underdogs even to qualify but we knew the quality we had in the group and we've performed throughout. To put the performance in that we have today is a credit to everyone involved. We've got another game and we're going to take it seriously.

Marc Wilmots, Belgium coach
We had a good game plan – for the first 20 to 25 minutes we were dominating but suddenly we dropped back 15 metres. Maybe we were worried about the space in behind.

But I'm not a magician and you can't suddenly replace experience. We were unfortunate having two players injured [Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Lombaerts] and then we lost a wise old head [Jan Vertonghen] in training.

Meunier: Wales deserved to win

Before this we had conceded no goals in the last three matches. We made mistakes we shouldn't have made. Maybe it's fear because they are young, but I am responsible for that.

I put Marouane Fellaini on and for 15 to 20 minutes we were in control in the second half. We got caught for the second goal which shouldn't happen. Then it could have gone to 2-2.

We had a young average age. We were listed as one of the favourites. But we made too many mistakes to win against a very good Wales side. When you go out, you want to go further.