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Wales v Northern Ireland background

Wales will attempt to extend a positive run of results against Northern Ireland which stretches back 36 years as the British duo come together in the round of 16.

Gareth Bale and David Cotterill after Wales's win against Russia
Gareth Bale and David Cotterill after Wales's win against Russia ©Getty Images

Wales will seek to maintain a positive run of results against Northern Ireland that stretches back 36 years as the sides meet in the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16.

Previous meetings
• Wales have had the better of the countries' 95 encounters: W44 D24 L27. The Welsh are also unbeaten in the last eight of those matches (W4 D4), a run dating back to a 1-0 friendly win for Northern Ireland in 1980.

• The teams' most recent tussle was a 1-1 friendly draw in Cardiff on 24 March, a late penalty from Simon Church cancelling out Craig Cathcart's opener.

• Their only previous EURO meetings came in qualifying for the 1968 finals, where they drew 0-0 at Belfast's Windsor Park before Wales edged the return fixture 2-0 in Cardiff.

EURO facts: Wales
• Group B winners Wales are playing at their first UEFA European Championship. Their previous best performance came in 1976 when they went down 3-1 to Yugoslavia on aggregate in the quarter-finals, losing the first leg 2-0 in Zagreb before a 1-1 draw in Cardiff.

• This is Wales's first outing at Parc des Princes, though older fans may remember the stadium as the one-time home of the French national rugby union side.

• Wales also made it through the group stage (following a 2-1 play-off victory over Hungary) in their only FIFA World Cup appearance in 1958; they fell 1-0 to eventual winners Brazil in the quarter-finals.

• Gareth Bale has scored in all three Wales games at UEFA EURO 2016; he also notched seven of their 11 goals in qualifying, providing two assists – meaning he scored or set up 82% of his team's goals.

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EURO facts: Northern Ireland
• Northern Ireland are featuring at their first EURO. They had not played at a major tournament since bowing out of the 1986 World Cup at the group stage.

• Northern Ireland's greatest achievement was reaching the last eight of the 1958 World Cup (just like Wales) – they lost 4-0 to France in Norrkoping, Sweden.

• Northern Ireland are playing at Parc des Princes for the fourth time: they succumbed 1-0 to Germany at the venue in the group stage, having previously earned a 0-0 draw – and a 4-0 defeat – against France in friendly matches at the stadium. They have thus yet to score in three outings there.

Coach and player links
• Josh Magennis came through the ranks at Cardiff City FC (2007–10) while Wales’s Aaron Ramsey and Chris Gunter were making their first steps in the first team.

• Bale has registered in all three Welsh fixtures so far; two of those strikes have been direct free-kicks – as many as anyone has ever scored at a EURO.