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Wales Team

Wales have reached their first major tournament since 1958, but with world-beaters in their squad like Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and the Welsh Pirlo, Joe Allen they won't be content with just making up the numbers in France this summer.

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Wales - Group B

Wales have reached their first major tournament since 1958, but with world-beaters in their squad like Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and the Welsh Pirlo, Joe Allen they won't be content with just making up the numbers in France this summer.

Get to know: Wales

Having come through a tough group featuring Belgium and Bosnia & Herzegovina, the Welsh ended the campaign in second place and Chris Coleman’s men were heading to France.  Though heavily reliant on the firepower and finesse of Gareth Bale, the Welsh campaign was built on a strong defensive foundations, with the backline only being breached an impressive 4 times in 10 matches.

In the group stages, they won 6 games, drew 3 and lost 1, scoring 11 goals, conceding 4 and ending up with a +7 goal difference.

In the draw for the main event, Wales were placed in Group B, alongside England, Russia and Slovakia.

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 13: Wales team group ahead of the international friendly match between Wales and Netherlands at Cardiff City Stadium on November 13, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

 

Fixtures:

June 11 vs. Slovakia 4pm – Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux

June 16 vs. England 1pm – Stade Bollaert-Denis, Lens

June 20 vs. Russia 7pm – Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse

Goal scorers:

During qualification, Russia scored 11 goals

Their goal scorers were:

  • Gareth Bale (7)
  • Aaron Ramsey (2)
  • David Cotterill (1)
  • Hal Robson-Kanu (1)

Qualification Stat Truths:

  • Conceded at the fourth lowest rate: 4 goals in 10 games.
  • Most wasteful finishers of any qualifier: 10.7 shots taken per goal scored.
  • Failed to score in 4 matches: the joint-most of any qualifier.
  • Took the highest percentage of headed shots of any qualifier with 25.4% (only side to take more than a quarter of all shots from headers).
  • Spent 69.2% of their time (623 minutes) drawing during qualifiers – the highest of any team.
  • Worst shot conversion in the second half of matches of any side at the finals (8.6%).
  • Spent the joint-third lowest share of time losing at just 3.9% (35 minutes).
  • Saw opponents carded more than any other qualifier (3.3 per match).

 

All data based on Wales’ Euro 2016 qualification campaign.  Courtesy of the Press Association.

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