Allez les dragons: Coleman revels in Wales ‘dream’

Daniel Storey

Chris Coleman described the “best loss of his career” after Wales qualified for Euro 2016 despite losing 2-0 in Bosnia.

Wales suffered their first competitive defeat in 11 matches, but we helped out by Cyprus winning in Israel. That meant Coleman’s side had qualified for a major tournament for the first time since 1958.

“I’ve never been so happy to lose 2-0,” Coleman said. “I don’t think we deserved to lose the game as Bosnia were getting frustrated and we didn’t make the most of the good situations we got into.

“But when I was walking off I saw our supporters were singing and our secretary, Mark Evans, whispered in my ear that Israel had lost.

“So I was all smiles and I can’t honestly describe how I am feeling, it probably won’t sink in for a few days.

“But it is an absolute dream. We’ve waited so long for this and, for me not, just as a manager or as a player.

“I saw it so many times as a kid as well. We’ve missed out so many times, so to finally do it is an unbelievable feeling.”

Wales still have a chance to secure top spot in Group B, but must hope that Belgium lose at home to Israel.