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Wales v Switzerland facts

Having both reached the knockout stages in 2016, Wales and Switzerland are looking to kick off another memorable campaign in Baku.

Wales and Switzerland meet in Baku in the opening round of Group A games both seeking to emulate their UEFA European Championship exploits of four years ago.

• Both teams made the knockout stages at UEFA EURO 2016, the Swiss bowing out in the round of 16 while Wales's remarkable run took them all the way to the semi-finals before they succumbed to eventual champions Portugal.

• Wales will need to improve on their overall record against Switzerland to make a positive start to UEFA EURO 2020 at the Baku Olympic Stadium – although they were victorious in the sides' last fixture.

Previous meetings
• Switzerland have won five of the sides' seven matches, each team recording a home win when they were last paired together, in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2012.

• Valentin Stocker scored twice as Ottmar Hitzfeld's Switzerland's team won 4-1 in Basel against a Wales side whose equalising goal had come from Gareth Bale. Bale was also on target as a Wales team coached by Gary Speed in his final competitive home match in charge prevailed 2-0 in the Swansea return, an Aaron Ramsey penalty having opened the scoring as Switzerland's qualification hopes were ended; Wales finished fourth in their qualifying section, one place behind the Swiss.

• That was a first Welsh victory against Switzerland since a 3-2 friendly win in Wrexham in May 1951.

• Switzerland have won the four other matches between the countries, all without conceding a goal, including 2-0 victories home and away in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2000 – although neither side reached the final tournament.

EURO facts: Wales
• This is Wales's second successive UEFA European Championship, following their 2016 debut. It proved a memorable bow, as a team coached by Chris Coleman qualified first in their group ahead of England, Slovakia and Russia before beating Northern Ireland (1-0) and Belgium (3-1) to reach the country's first ever semi-final at a UEFA or FIFA tournament at any level for men or women. Portugal proved too strong in the last four, however, the eventual champions running out 2-0 winners.

• Wales's previous best EURO performance came in 1976, when they went out to Yugoslavia 3-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals. They fell 2-0 in the first leg in Zagreb before a 1-1 draw in Cardiff.

• That 2016 campaign was only Wales's second appearance in a major tournament. They reached the quarter-finals at the 1958 FIFA World Cup where they were eliminated 1-0 by eventual winners Brazil.

• In qualifying for these finals, a team managed by Ryan Giggs recovered from losing two of their first three matches to remain unbeaten in the last five (W3 D2) and finish second in Group E behind Croatia. They booked their place in the tournament with a 2-0 home win against Hungary in their last fixture.

• Goals from Kieffer Moore and Harry Wilson earned Wales a 2-0 win away to Azerbaijan in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying on 16 November 2019. That match, which took place at the 8 KM Stadionu, was Wales's fourth visit to Baku, where their record is W3 D1; this is their first match at the Olympic Stadium.

EURO facts: Switzerland
• This is Switzerland's fifth EURO, all in the last seven editions of the competition. Eliminated in the group stage in 1996, 2004 and as co-hosts in 2008, they finished second in their section at UEFA EURO 2016 behind hosts France but bowed out in the last 16, losing 5-4 on penalties to Poland after a 1-1 draw.

• Switzerland's record in 13 EURO finals games is W2 D5 L6.

• This is Switzerland's fourth successive appearance in a major tournament having also qualified for the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups, reaching the last 16 at both.

• The Swiss booked their place at UEFA EURO 2020 by finishing first in Group D, taking 17 points from their eight qualifiers. They won four of their last five matches, scoring 13 goals and conceding only two in that five-game sequence with three clean sheets.

• A 1-0 loss away to Denmark in October 2019 is Switzerland's only defeat in their last 14 EURO fixtures, qualifying and final tournament (W8 D5). They were unbeaten at UEFA EURO 2016 (W1 D3), with their shoot-out elimination to Poland classed as a draw.

• Switzerland finished fourth in the inaugural UEFA Nations League in 2019, losing 3-1 to hosts and eventual champions Portugal in the semi-finals and 6-5 on penalties to England in the third-place play-off after a goalless 120 minutes.

• This is only Switzerland's second game in Baku; they lost 1-0 to Azerbaijan on 31 August 1996 in their opening 1998 World Cup qualifier.

Links and trivia
• Ramsey was an Arsenal team-mate of Granit Xhaka between 2016 and 2019; Stephan Lichtsteiner was also at the London club in 2018/19.

• Ricardo Rodríguez made his debut for Switzerland in the 2-0 defeat by Wales in 2011 – a match in which the home side’s Joe Allen made his first international start.

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