A loss in Bosnia on Saturday night might have held the Wales national team moping, but they celebrated in the rain despite defeat.
News came through to the players shortly after the final whistle: Cyprus had beaten Israel, and Wales had qualified for Euro 2016.
“What a great moment for Welsh football,” Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey told Sky Sports after the game. “What an achievement to make history. We are finally going to a major tournament. It’s not going to sink in for a while.”
Wales have never played at a European Championship, but will be on their way to France next summer. Their only ever appearance at a major finals was at the World Cup way back in 1958, but a long wait is finally over.
“I’m just so proud personally and for all my team-mates,” Ramsey added. “For everyone associated with the country we are finally going.
“This group of players is quite special because of the togetherness.
“The togetherness made us really difficult to beat. We are now just looking forward to going and playing in a major tournament.”
Along with Gareth Bale, Ramsey is a star of the side. He’s made dreams come true, raised expectations, and it’s hard not to be thrilled for him.
Such a huge boost must have an impact on his confidence and maybe, in turn, his Arsenal performances.
“This has been a dream of mine to try and get Wales to a major tournament. I know for some of the other players it has been the same and we are finally doing it. To fulfil our dream, I’m over the moon.”