Euro 2016: Northern Ireland fan zone at Boucher Road Playing Grounds for Wales series.
Northern Ireland gathered the only two shots on target and shackled their rivals with a resolute defensive show.
Nevertheless, their resistance came into a brutal ending when experienced center back McAuley turned Gareth Bale’s low, whipped cross.
Wales will face Hungary or Belgium in the last eight on Friday in Lille.
That was the period where they were knocked out 58 years past and, although their dogged adversaries blunted Chris Coleman’s side, the scrappy nature of the winning goal and success will matter little for their jubilant supporters.
For the 63-cap McAuley, who’d scored in the 2, the way of defeat was galling, especially for Northern Ireland -0 group triumph against Ukraine, which had helped his nation reach the second round.