Moment of a lifetime: 30,000 Wales fans start the party in France as they celebrate historic victory!

It’s the moment many of them have been waiting their entire lives for. But now Welsh football fans have finally seen their team compete in a major tournament, almost 60 years since their last.
Wales competed at the 1958 World Cup but have missed out ever since on qualifying for either that competition or the European Championships – until now.
A sea of proud reds swooped across Bordeaux ahead of their match against Slovakia full of good cheer and hope they could make an impact.
Thousands of fans also gathered in Coopers Field in Cardiff to watch their side make history this evening. The largest open-air screen in the UK was erected for the game.
And it didn’t take long for them to celebrate, after Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale fired home from a free kick early in the game, which they won 2-1.

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The Welsh supporters are in jubilant mood after their team beat Slovakia in the opening Euro 2016 Group B match
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Around 6,000 people in Cardiff watched Wales and Slovakia make their Euro 2016 debut when they met in the Group B opener at Stade Matmut-Atlantique in Bordeaux
Supporters are certainly getting into the spirit of things in France for the European Championships, with some dressing up as dragons and thousands more kitted out in replica shirts.
Welsh fans chanted for most of the first half, buoyed by the Bale strike which put them 1-0 up at the break.
But Slovakia were level on the hour mark thanks to an Ondrej Duda strike. In the closing minutes of the match Reading’s Hal Robson-Kanu put the Welsh 2-1 and sent the fans wild.
Josh Baber, 23, from Merthyr, was among the fans catching the game at the fan zone at the Place de Quinconces, and said hearing the national anthem ringing out gave him goosebumps.
He said: ‘It’s just a very proud moment really. Just seeing the lads up there in the Euros, there’s no other word for it than pride.
Fellow fan Mark Jones, 49, also from Merthyr, said: ‘That Bale goal was incredible.’
Referring to one of the controversial incidents of he first half when defender Martin Skrtel tussled with Jonny Williams in the box, Mr Jones said: ‘It was pretty bad but I don’t think he should have been sent off.’
They are used to seeing their rugby team compete on the highest stage, but the game at the Matmut Atlantique, also known as the Stade de Bordeaux, is the first tournament clash for Wales since June 19, 1958.
On that occasion they lost to Brazil in the quarter finals in a 1-0 defeat – with Pele himself getting the only goal of the game.
Fans were posing for pictures across the French city to capture this moment in history – a totally different scene to that in Marseille where English, Russian and French fans have been rioting over the past few days.
They were in good voice, cheering on their heroes, including Real Madrid star forward Gareth Bale and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

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