Wales win over Belgium in Euro 2016 qualifier sparks Wembley memories for Ashley Williams
15th June 2015
Play-off final memories came flooding back for Ashley Williams as he led Wales to a stunning 1-0 win over Belgium at the weekend.
Williams along with Swans team-mates Neil Taylor and Jazz Richards all featured for the full 90 minutes as Chris Coleman's side edged closer to qualification for Euro 2016.
Gareth Bale's first-half strike was enough to seal victory for Wales, who sit three points above Belgium and five off third-placed duo Israel and Cyprus in Group B with four games remaining.
And for Williams, it sparked cherished memories of the Swans' Championship Play-Off final victory over Reading in 2011.
"It reminded me of the play-off final - the feelings were similar," said the Swans and Wales skipper. "When you get the result you want and you've got nothing left - you've left it all out there - it's definitely emotional.
"I was so tired and we'd done the job we came to do so there was a lot of emotion out there.
"There's no greater feeling for a football player than that kind of moment.
"It's satisfying for the whole team. There's an emphasis on defending as a unit and you could see that out there. Everyone knows what they're doing."
Meanwhile, Gylfi Sigurdsson's Iceland also sit top of their group following a crucial 2-1 win over the Czech Republic.
The midfielder played for the whole game as his country came from behind to replace their opponents at the top of Group A.
And Lukasz Fabianski also tasted success as he started between the sticks as Poland saw off Georgia 4-0.
The 30-year-old kept a clean sheet as his nation remain top of Group D - one point ahead of World Cup holders Germany and three above Scotland.
And in the African Cup of Nations qualifying stages, Modou Barrow made his debut for Gambia.
The young winger helped Gambia earn a creditable 0-0 draw in South Africa as they got their 2017 qualification campaign off to a positive start.
Finally, Jefferson Montero is in action tonight (Monday, 10pm BST) as Ecuador take on Bolivia in the second match of their Copa America campaign.
Ecuador were beaten 2-0 by Chile in their opening game in Group A.