UEFA EURO 2016Match press kits
|Russia||Stadium de Toulouse - ToulouseMonday 20 June 2016 - 21.00CETGroup B - Matchday 3#RUSWAL||Wales|
Russia and Wales will each hope to end their UEFA EURO 2016 Group B campaign on a winning note when they meet in Toulouse in the final round of matches – although it is the Russians who have held the upper hand in the fixture over the years.
• Georgi Yartsev's Russia qualified for UEFA EURO 2004 after overcoming Mark Hughes' Wales 1-0 on aggregate in a play-off. The only goal came from Vadim Evseev at the Millennium Stadium in the second leg. Defender Sergei Ignashevich played all 180 minutes, with Aleksandr Kerzhakov an unused substitute in both games and Igor Akinfeev on the bench in Cardiff.
• Russia also got the better of Wales in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying, prevailing 2-1 in Moscow and 3-1 in Cardiff, where Ignashevich was among the scorers. It proved in vain, however, as Guus Hiddink's side lost in the play-offs to Slovenia.
• The teams at the Lokomotiv Stadium on 10 September 2008 – when Gareth Bale had a penalty saved by Russia goalkeeper Akinfeev with the score at 0-0 – were:
Russia: Akinfeev, Anyukov, Kolodin, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zyryanov, Torbinskiy (Saenko 59), Semshov, Semak (Pogrebnyak 74), Arshavin, Pavlyuchenko (Bystrov 90).
Wales: Hennessey, Gunter, Morgan, Williams, Bale, Davies, Fletcher, Robinson (Ricketts 46), Edwards (S Evans 77), Ledley, Vokes (C Evans 62).
• The lineups at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on 9 September 2009 were:
Wales: Hennessey, Williams, J Collins, Gabbidon (Vokes 74), Gunter, Ricketts, Stock, Edwards, Ledley, Ramsey, Bellamy.
Russia: Akinfeev, Ignashevich, V Berezutski, Anyukov, Yanbaev, Zyryanov, Semshov (Pavlyuchenko 70), Semak, Arshavin, Bystrov, Kerzhakov (Rebko 84).
• Wales' only win in five games against the USSR came in a 1966 World Cup qualifier, Ivor Allchurch scoring the late clincher in Cardiff (2-1).
EURO facts – Russia
• This is Russia's fourth successive EURO final tournament and fifth in six as an independent nation. They have featured in seven of the last eight EUROs, including this edition, appearing as the Soviet Union in 1988 and the Commonwealth of Independent States four years later, before their debut as Russia in 1996.
• The Soviet Union won the first UEFA European Championship in 1960 and finished as runners-up in 1964, 1972 and 1988. Russia's best performance since independence came in 2008, when they reached the semi-finals.
EURO facts – Wales
• Wales have never before reached a UEFA European Championship final tournament. Their previous best performance came in 1976, when they lost to Yugoslavia 3-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals, losing the first leg 2-0 in Zagreb before a 1-1 draw in Cardiff.
• Bale scored seven of Wales' 11 goals in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2016, providing two assists – meaning he scored or set up 82% of his side's goals.
Coach and player links
• Joe Allen scored in Liverpool's 3-1 second-leg win against Zenit in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League round of 32, although it was the Russian side who went through on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw.
• Allen was a late substitute in Liverpool's 1-0 home victory against Anji in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League group stage. Oleg Shatov and Fedor Smolov were in the Anji team.
:: Previous meetings
Goals for/against: Goal totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (e.g. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw
:: Squad list
Qual.: Total European Qualifiers appearances/goals for UEFA EURO 2016 only.
FT: Total UEFA EURO 2016 appearances/goals in final tournament only.
Overall: Total international appearances/goals.
DoB: Date of birth
Age: Based on the date press kit was last updated
D: Disciplinary (*: misses next match if booked, S: suspended)
:: Team facts
EURO finals: The UEFA European Championship was a four-team event in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 (when the preliminary round and quarter-finals were considered part of qualifying).
From 1980 it was expanded to an eight-team finals and remained in that format in 1984, 1988 and 1992 until 1996, when the 16-team format was adopted. UEFA EURO 2016 is the first tournament to be played as a 24-team finals.
Records of inactive countries
A number of UEFA associations have been affected by dissolution or splits of member associations. For statistical purposes, the records of these inactive countries have been allocated elsewhere: therefore, all Soviet Union matches are awarded to Russia; all West Germany – but not East Germany – matches are awarded to Germany; all Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro matches are awarded to Serbia; all Czechoslovakia matches are allocated to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
For statisical purposes, when a match has been started and then abandoned but later forfeited, the result on the pitch at the time of abandonment is counted. Matches that never started and were either cancelled or forfeited are not included in the overall statistics.