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UEFA EURO: Wales - Croatia Match press kits

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WalesWalesCardiff City Stadium - CardiffSunday 13 October 2019
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Group E - Matchday 8
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

2020 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
08/06/2019QR (GS)Croatia - Wales2-1
OsijekLawrence 17 (og), Perišić 48; Brooks 77
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
26/03/2013QR (GS)Wales - Croatia1-2
SwanseaBale 21 (P); Lovren 77, Eduardo 87
16/10/2012QR (GS)Croatia - Wales2-0
OsijekMandžukić 27, Eduardo 57
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

* FIFA World Cup/FIFA Confederations Cup

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Squad list Only this chapter

Wales - Squad list
Current season
-Wayne Hennessey24/01/198732Crystal Palace - 5000
-Danny Ward22/06/199326Leicester - 0000
-Adam Davies17/07/199227Stoke - 0000
-Chris Gunter21/07/198930Reading - 1000
-Neil Taylor07/02/198930Aston Villa - 1000
-Ashley Williams23/08/198435Bristol City - 2000
-Ben Davies24/04/199326Tottenham - 5000
-Tom Lockyer03/12/199424Charlton - 1000
-Ethan Ampadu14/09/200019Leipzig - 4000
-Connor Roberts23/09/199524Swansea - 4000
-Joe Rodon22/10/199721Swansea - 2000
-Joe Allen14/03/199029Stoke*5000
-Jonny Williams09/10/199326Charlton - 2000
-Tom Lawrence13/01/199425Derby - 2000
-Joe Morrell03/01/199722Lincoln City - 1000
-Daniel James10/11/199721Man. United - 5100
-Will Vaulks13/09/199326Cardiff - 2000
-Gareth Bale16/07/198930Real Madrid*5100
-Sam Vokes21/10/198929Stoke - 2000
-Harry Wilson22/03/199722Bournemouth - 5000
-Tyler Roberts12/01/199920Leeds - 1000
-Rabbi Matondo09/09/200019Schalke - 1000
-Kieffer Moore08/08/199227Wigan - 1100
-Ryan Giggs29/11/197345 - 5000
Croatia - Squad list
Current season
-Lovre Kalinić03/04/199029Aston Villa - 2000
-Simon Sluga17/03/199326Luton - 0000
-Dominik Livaković09/01/199524Dinamo Zagreb - 4000
-Dejan Lovren05/07/198930Liverpool*5100
-Domagoj Vida29/04/198930Beşiktaş*6000
-Mile Škorić19/06/199128Osijek - 1000
-Tin Jedvaj28/11/199523Augsburg - 3000
-Dino Perić12/07/199425Dinamo Zagreb - 0000
-Karlo Bartolec20/04/199524Copenhagen - 2000
-Borna Barišić10/11/199226Rangers - 6100
-Dario Melnjak31/10/199226Rizespor - 0000
-Luka Modrić09/09/198534Real Madrid - 6200
-Milan Badelj25/02/198930Fiorentina - 3000
-Ivan Rakitić10/03/198831Barcelona - 3000
-Mateo Kovačić06/05/199425Chelsea - 3000
-Ante Rebić21/09/199326Milan - 5100
-Mario Pašalić09/02/199524Atalanta - 2000
-Filip Bradarić11/01/199227Hajduk Split - 0000
-Nikola Vlašić04/10/199722CSKA Moskva - 4100
-Ivan Perišić02/02/198930Bayern - 6200
-Mislav Oršić29/12/199226Dinamo Zagreb - 1000
-Bruno Petković16/09/199425Dinamo Zagreb - 5300
-Josip Brekalo23/06/199821Wolfsburg - 6000
-Zlatko Dalic26/10/196652 - 6000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Ryan Giggs

Date of birth: 29 November 1973
Nationality: Welsh
Playing career: Manchester United
Coaching career: Manchester United (caretaker), Manchester United (assistant), Wales

• Manchester United's most successful ever player, Cardiff-born Giggs signed for the club on his 14th birthday and made his first-team debut in March 1991 at 17. He was capped at the same age, becoming Wales' youngest senior international.

• An extravagantly gifted left-winger hailed at Old Trafford and beyond as the 'new George Best', Giggs was a United regular in his late teens and a champion of England before he reached 20 – the first of a record-breaking 13 English Premier League titles he would win, all under Sir Alex Ferguson, during 24 years as a first-teamer. He landed domestic doubles in 1993/94 and 1995/96 and a famous treble in 1998/99, when United added the UEFA Champions League by dramatically defeating Bayern München in the final at the Camp Nou.

• He broke Sir Bobby Charlton's club record of 758 appearances when he came on as a substitute in the victorious 2008 UEFA Champions League final against Chelsea in Moscow and would end his United career with 963 games and 168 goals. In all he helped United win 25 major trophies and was voted both PFA Player of the Year and BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2009.

• He played 64 times for Wales, scoring 12 goals, before retiring from international football in 2007 after three years as captain. Like Northern Ireland's Best, Giggs was never able to parade his talent at a major tournament.

• Joined the coaching staff of Ferguson's replacement David Moyes while still active as a player during 2013/14 and assumed player-caretaker duties for the final four games of the campaign after Moyes' sacking. He announced his retirement from playing in May 2014 to take up a position as assistant to new manager Louis van Gaal and finally left Old Trafford two years later, appointed as Wales coach in January 2018 to succeed Chris Coleman.


Zlatko Dalić

Date of birth: 26 October 1966
Nationality: Croatian
Playing career: Hajduk Split (twice), Budućnost Titograd, Velež, Varteks (twice)
Coaching career: Varteks, Rijeka, Dinamo Tirana, Slaven Belupo (twice), al-Faisaly, al-Hilal, al-Ain, Croatia

• A midfielder, he spent the best years of his playing career at Varteks, scoring 13 goals in 108 matches from 1992–96.

• Played for Varteks in two spells, and after hanging up his boots in 2000, worked simultaneously as the club's assistant coach and sporting director. Took sole command on the field for the first time in 2005.

• Dalić more recently found success in the Middle East with al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia) and al-Ain (United Arab Emirates); in 2016, he led al-Ain to the AFC Champions League final, where they lost to South Korea's Jeonbuk FC over two legs.

• Assistant coach of Croatia under-21s from 2006-11, he returned to the national-team set-up as boss of the senior side on 7 October 2017, stepping in following the departure of Ante Čačić. 

• A win away to Ukraine two days after Dalić's appointment earned a 2018 FIFA World Cup play-off place, where Greece were defeated as Croatia reached the finals, prompting Dalić to sign a contract running until 2020. They went on to excel in Russia, reaching the knockout stages for the first time since 1998 courtesy of wins against Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland; Denmark and hosts Russia were beaten on penalties en route to the semi-finals, where England were overcome in extra time, but France proved a step too far in the final.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeBjörn Kuipers (NED)
  • Assistant refereesSander van Roekel (NED) , Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
  • Fourth officialPol van Boekel (NED)
  • UEFA DelegateKazimierz Oleszek (POL)
  • UEFA Referee observerItchko Lozev (BUL)


NameDate of birthUEFA EURO matchesUEFA matches
Björn Kuipers28/03/197312122

Björn Kuipers

Referee since: 1990
First division: 2005
FIFA badge: 2006

Tournaments: 2018 FIFA World Cup, 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, UEFA EURO 2016, 2014 FIFA World Cup, 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, UEFA EURO 2012, 2010 FIFA Club World Cup, 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, 2006 UEFA European Under-17 Championship

2018 UEFA Europa League
2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup
2014 UEFA Champions League
2013 FIFA Confederations Cup
2013 UEFA Europa League
2011 UEFA Super Cup
2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
2006 UEFA European Under-17 Championship

UEFA European Championship matches featuring the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
10/06/2012EUROGS-FTRepublic of IrelandCroatia1-3Poznan

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
13/07/2006UEL1QRNK VaraždinKF Tirana1-1Varazdin
10/06/2012EUROGS-FTRepublic of IrelandCroatia1-3Poznan
28/08/2018UCLPOGNK Dinamo ZagrebBSC Young Boys1-2Zagreb
16/10/2018UNLGS-FTRepublic of IrelandWales0-1Dublin

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group E - Group Standings
    Matchday 2 (24/03/2019)
    Wales 1-0 Slovakia
    1-0 James 5
    Hennessey, Davies, Mepham, Allen, Smith, Brooks (60 Roberts), Bale, Roberts, Lawrence, Wilson (87 Vaulks), James (72 A. Williams)
  • Matchday 3 (08/06/2019)
    Croatia 2-1 Wales
    1-0 Lawrence 17 (og) , 2-0 Perišić 48, 2-1 Brooks 77
    Hennessey, Davies, Mepham, Allen, Smith (65 Brooks), Wilson, Bale, Roberts, Lawrence, James (79 Matondo), Vaulks (66 Ampadu)
  • Matchday 4 (11/06/2019)
    Hungary 1-0 Wales
    1-0 Pátkai 80
    Hennessey, Gunter, Davies, A. Williams, Allen, Bale, Lawrence, Brooks (73 Wilson), Ampadu (54 Smith), Lawrence (79 Vokes), James
  • Matchday 5 (06/09/2019)
    Wales 2-1 Azerbaijan
    1-0 Pashayev 26 (og) , 1-1 Emreli 59, 2-1 Bale 84
    Hennessey, N. Taylor (80 Davies), Mepham, Rodon, Allen, Wilson (63 J. Williams), Bale, Roberts, Ampadu (75 Vokes), Lawrence, James
  • Matchday 7 (10/10/2019)
    Slovakia 1-1 Wales
    0-1 Moore 25, 1-1 Kucka 53
    Hennessey, Davies, Rodon, Allen, Bale, Moore, Roberts, Ampadu (58 Morrell), Lockyer, J. Williams (66 Wilson), James
  • Matchday 8 (13/10/2019)
  • Matchday 9 (16/11/2019)
  • Matchday 10 (19/11/2019)


  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group E - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (21/03/2019)
    Croatia 2-1 Azerbaijan
    0-1 Sheydaev 19, 1-1 Barišić 44, 2-1 Kramarić 79
    Kalinić, Brekalo, Barišić, Perišić, Ćaleta-Car, Rakitić, Kovačić (73 Vlašić), Kramarić, Modrić (91 Badelj), Petković (69 Rebić), Vida
  • Matchday 2 (24/03/2019)
    Hungary 2-1 Croatia
    0-1 Rebić 13, 1-1 Szalai 34, 2-1 Pátkai 76
    Kalinić, Barišić (30 Leovac), Perišić, Lovren, Rakitić, Kramarić, Modrić, Brozović, Jedvaj (77 Petković), Rebić (67 Brekalo), Vida
  • Matchday 3 (08/06/2019)
    Croatia 2-1 Wales
    1-0 Lawrence 17 (og) , 2-0 Perišić 48, 2-1 Brooks 77
    Livaković, Barišić, Perišić (93 Škorić), Lovren, Brekalo (67 Pašalić), Kovačić (76 Badelj), Kramarić, Modrić, Brozović, Jedvaj, Vida
  • Matchday 5 (06/09/2019)
    Slovakia 0-4 Croatia
    0-1 Vlašić 45, 0-2 Perišić 46, 0-3 Petković 72, 0-4 Lovren 89
    Livaković, Barišić, Perišić, Lovren, Modrić, Brozović, Vlašić (82 Badelj), Rebić (70 Brekalo), Petković (83 Pašalić), Vida, Bartolec
  • Matchday 6 (09/09/2019)
    Azerbaijan 1-1 Croatia
    0-1 Modrić 11 (P) , 1-1 Khalilzade 72
    Livaković, Barišić, Perišić, Lovren, Modrić, Brozović, Vlašić, Rebić (86 Oršić), Petković, Vida, Bartolec (76 Brekalo)
  • Matchday 7 (10/10/2019)
    Croatia 3-0 Hungary
    1-0 Modrić 5, 2-0 Petković 24, 3-0 Petković 42
    Livaković, Barišić, Perišić (60 Brekalo), Lovren, Rakitić (74 Vlašić), Modrić (67 Kovačić), Brozović, Jedvaj, Rebić, Petković, Vida
  • Matchday 8 (13/10/2019)
  • Matchday 9 (16/11/2019)

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:: 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.

Abandoned/forfeited matches
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.


Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on