Thousands of fans head to Paris ahead of Wales v N Ireland clash


Thousands of supporters are expected to descend on Paris over the next 24 hours ahead of Wales' crunch Euro 2016 knock out clash against Northern Ireland on Saturday.

Eurostar services from Britain have been heavily booked and flights from Cardiff and Belfast sold out, with at least three extra charters laid on from Belfast International Airport.

The Parc des Princes will be the backdrop to the home nations face-off when Northern Ireland face a Welsh team hot off their 3-0 thrashing of Russia.

Northern Ireland succumbed 0-1 to Germany at the same venue during the final group stage match.

The bars of central Paris have begun to fill up with Welsh and Northern Irish fans.

The Republic of Ireland team is hoping to keep its fans' dreams alive when they meet hosts France in Lyon on Sunday.

Then on Monday, it is to the French Riviera for England and Iceland - where Roy Hodgson's men will hope to find the "je ne sais quoi" that eluded them in their 0-0 draw against Slovakia.