Turkey v Wales facts

Turkey and Wales meet for the first time in almost a quarter of a century in the second round of Group A games at UEFA EURO 2020.

Turkey and Wales meet for the first time in almost a quarter of a century in the second round of Group A games at UEFA EURO 2020.

• There has been little between the teams in their six previous fixtures, with their most recent match producing a remarkable ten-goal thriller.

Previous meetings
• This is the first time the teams have played since a memorable 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Istanbul on 20 August 1997. The home side ran out 6-4 winners thanks largely to four goals from Hakan Şükür against a Wales side who trailed 2-0 after eight minutes but recovered to lead 3-2 and 4-3 before finally succumbing to two more goals in the final 15 minutes from Turkey's all-time top scorer.

• The game in Cardiff in December 1996 had finished goalless; Wales were eliminated by their loss in Turkey, who also failed to reach the finals as they finished third in the section behind the Netherlands and Belgium.

• Current Wales manager Ryan Giggs played in both those games.

• That 1997 match was Turkey's first win against Wales since their sole previous success, a 1-0 home win in Izmir in 1980 UEFA European Championship qualifying in November 1979. That, and Wales's 1-0 success in Wrexham 12 months earlier, are the sides' only previous EURO contests.

• Current Turkey coach Şenol Güneş was in goal for both those games, and also the next two, Wales winning home (4-0) and away (1-0) in the qualifying competition for the 1982 World Cup.

• Wales have won three of the teams' previous six meetings, although that 1-0 victory in Ankara on 25 March 1981 was the most recent.

EURO facts: Turkey
• This is Turkey's fifth appearance at a UEFA European Championship, having made their finals debut in 1996. They reached the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2000 and the last four of UEFA EURO 2008 but failed to qualify for the 2004 and 2012 tournaments.

• Four years ago, Fatih Terim's team finished third in their section behind Croatia and Spain, missing out on a place in the round of 16 despite concluding their group campaign with a 2-0 defeat of the Czech Republic. That proved insufficient for a place in the knockout stages after defeats by both Croatia (0-1) and Spain (0-3) – the latter equalling Turkey's biggest defeat in a EURO finals.

• That 2008 semi-final against Germany in Basel, Switzerland – which Turkey lost 3-2 – matched their greatest international achievement. A side coached, as now, by Şenol Güneş received bronze medals at the 2002 FIFA World Cup after defeating co-hosts South Korea in the third-place play-off.

• Turkey qualified for UEFA EURO 2020 by finishing second in Group H behind world champions France, picking up 23 points from their ten matches. Four of those points came against Les Bleus (2-0 h, 1-1 a), with France's goal in the latter encounter the only one Turkey conceded in their last six qualifiers.

• Şenol Güneş's side conceded only three goals in qualifying, the joint best defensive record alongside Belgium.

• This is Turkey's fifth match in Baku, and their first since a 1-0 loss to Azerbaijan in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying in October 2010. That was their first defeat in the city (W2 D1); they have never previously played at the Olympic Stadium.

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 – their only other championship experience – where they were eliminated 1-0 by eventual winners Brazil.

• In qualifying for these finals, a team managed by 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 the last fixture.

• Wales also played in Baku on Matchday 1 against Switzerland, their first match at the Olympic Stadium. They had won 2-0 away to Azerbaijan at the 8 KM Stadionu in qualifying on 16 November 2019 thanks to goals from Kieffer Moore and Harry Wilson; that made their record in Azerbaijan W3 D1.

Links and trivia
• Aaron Ramsey scored twice in Arsenal's 4-1 victory away to a Galatasaray side including Sinan Bolat and Burak Yılmaz on Matchday 6 of the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League.

• Have played together:
Çağlar Söyüncü & Danny Ward (Leicester 2018–)
Merih Demiral & Aaron Ramsey (Juventus 2019–)
Ahmed Kutucu, Ozan Kabak & Rabbi Matondo (Schalke 2019–)
Cenk Tosun & Ashley Williams (Everton 2017/18)

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