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Wales' record against Group B opponents

Published: Saturday 30 January 2016, 9.40CET
Wales' encounter with old rivals England is the stand-out fixture in a group where they can gain a measure of revenge against Russia for a UEFA EURO 2004 play-off defeat.
Wales' record against Group B opponents
Aaron Ramsey evades Wayne Rooney during one of Wales' EURO 2012 qualifiers against England ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 30 January 2016, 9.40CET

Wales' record against Group B opponents

Wales' encounter with old rivals England is the stand-out fixture in a group where they can gain a measure of revenge against Russia for a UEFA EURO 2004 play-off defeat.

Qualified as: Group B runners-up
Top scorer: Gareth Bale (7 goals)
Qualifying record: P10 W6 D3 L1 F11 A4 Pts21
EURO best: N/A
Last EURO: N/A
EURO appearances: 0

Wales v Slovakia (18.00CET, 11 June, Bordeaux)

EURO P6 W1 D1 L4 F8 A14
World Cup P8 W3 D2 L3 F8 A8
Friendlies P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0

  • The only fixtures played between Wales and Slovakia came in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2008 and produced two unlikely scorelines.
  • Gareth Bale scored his first goal for Wales in the first meeting, in Cardiff, but Slovakia managed five, Dušan Švento getting the first and Róbert Vittek the fifth. The return fixture brought revenge for John Toshack's Wales as they claimed a 5-2 win in Trnava, Craig Bellamy scoring twice.
  • Slovakia's Martin Škrtel and Wales midfielder Joe Allen are team-mates at Liverpool.

Wales' top five qualifying goals

Wales v England (15.00CET, 16 June, Lens)

EURO P4 W0 D0 L4 F1 A11
World Cup P6 W0 D1 L5 F3 A13
Friendlies P91 W14 D20 L57 F86 A221

  • England and Wales, both members of the United Kingdom, have met on 101 occasions, England winning 66 matches and Wales 14.
  • Annual opponents in the British Home Championship, which ran for a century until 1984, England and Wales have met just four times in the three decades since.
  • England triumphed 2-0 at home and 1-0 away en route to qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, then 2-0 away and 1-0 at home to assist their qualifying bid for UEFA EURO 2012. Ashley Young was the last player to score in the fixture.
  • The majority of players in Chris Coleman's Wales squad ply their trade in England's Premier League or Championship.

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Wales v Russia (21.00CET, 20 June, Toulouse)

EURO P2 W0 D1 L1 F0 A1
World Cup P6 W1 D1 L4 F5 A11
Friendlies P1 W0 D1 L0 F0 A0

  • Georgi Yartsev's Russia qualified for UEFA EURO 2004 after overcoming Mark Hughes' Wales 1-0 on aggregate in a play-off. The only goal came from Vadim Yevseev at the Millennium Stadium in the second leg.
  • Russia also got the better of Wales in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying, winning 2-1 in Moscow and 3-1 in Cardiff, where defender Sergei Ignashevich was among the scorers. It proved in vain, however, as Guus Hididnk's side lost in the play-offs to Slovenia.
  • Wales' only win in five games against the USSR came in a 1966 World Cup qualifier, Ivor Allchurch scoring the late winner in Cardiff (2-1).

Last updated: 06/07/16 23.19CET

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