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Wales defeated Belgium in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying and will be after more of the same as they pursue a historic semi-final spot, though the Red Devils boast the better record overall.

Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard embrace during the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifiers
Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard embrace during the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifiers ©Getty Images

Wales will look to set a new mark by reaching the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 2016, having already proved in qualifying that they can get the better of Marc Wilmots' Belgium.

Previous meetings
• Belgium have had the better of the sides' 12 meetings to date, but only just: W5 D3 L4.

• The teams were pooled together during qualifying so know each other well; they drew 0-0 in Brussels, while Gareth Bale got the only goal in a 1-0 win for Chris Coleman's men in Cardiff in the return fixture on 12 June 2015.

• The teams for that game were:
Wales: Hennessey, Gunter, Taylor, Richards, Chester, Williams, Allen, Robson-Kanu (King 90+3), Ramsey, Bale (Vokes 87), Ledley.

Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld (Carrasco 77), Lombaerts, Nainggolan, Vertonghen, Witsel, De Bruyne, Benteke, Hazard, Mertens (Lukaku 46), Denayer.

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.

• Wales have matched their greatest international success by reaching the last eight; they were also quarter-finalists at their only FIFA World Cup in 1958, losing out 1-0 to eventual winners Brazil.

• 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. With three goals and one assist at the finals so far, he has been a little less efficient – he has had a hand in just 57% of the Dragons' strikes in France.

• This is the first time a Welsh side – club or national – will play a game in Lille.

Belgium defeated Hungary 4-0 in the last 16
Belgium defeated Hungary 4-0 in the last 16©AFP/Getty Images

EURO facts – Belgium
• This is Belgium's first UEFA European Championship final tournament since they co-hosted UEFA EURO 2000 with the Netherlands, and their fifth EURO in total.

• The Red Devils' biggest achievement to date was reaching the final of this tournament in 1980, when they lost 2-1 to West Germany in Rome.

• Belgium's 4-0 win against Hungary in the round of 16 was the most emphatic victory recorded at UEFA EURO 2016, and their biggest margin of victory at any major final tournament.

• Lille is just over the border from Belgium, and this will be the national team's third game in the city; they lost 4-3 to France in Lille in a 1914 friendly game, and more recently won 5-0 as the away side in a World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg played in the city in 1989.

Coach and player links
• Current team-mates:
Joe Allen and Danny Ward with Christian Benteke and Simon Mignolet (Liverpool FC)
Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembélé and Jan Vertonghen with Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur FC)

Eden Hazard first built his reputation at LOSC
Eden Hazard first built his reputation at LOSC©Getty Images

• Eden Hazard (2007-12) and Divock Origi (2012-14) both started their professional careers at LOSC Lille, having crossed the border into France to play in the club's youth academy. Hazard won a domestic double with the club in 2010/11.

• As a player, Coleman remained on the bench for Wales in two World Cup qualifiers in which Wilmots featured for Belgium: a 2-0 loss in Brussels in November 1992 and a 3-2 defeat in the Belgian capital in October 1997, with Wilmots playing all 90 minutes and scoring in the more recent game after coming on as a late substitute in the former.

Penalty shoot-outs
• Belgium beat Spain 5-4 on penalties in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals – their only previous competitive penalty shoot-out. They also beat England 4-3 on spot kicks after a goalless draw in a friendly match in Casablanca in May 1998.

• Wales have yet to feature in a shoot-out.