Second Quarterfinal Euro 2016: Wales Vs Northern Ireland, In the second quarterfinal of Euro 2016, Wales and Northern Ireland will be meeting for the first time in the knockout stages of a major tournament. It will the first appearance of both the teams who had last made it to the knockout rounds of a major tournament since the 1958 World Cup.
Wales will be considered as favourites after their historic performance against Russia.
Good news for both the team as Wales and Northern Ireland have fully-fit squads and will likely to play with their full strength. Wales’ manager Chris Coleman is in a dilemma which player play with Gareth Bale up front out of Sam Vokes, Jonny Williams and Hal Robson-Kanu.
Second Quarterfinal Euro 2016: Wales Vs Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill could will go with the same squad that played against both Ukraine and Germany in Paris. The winners of this match will play against Hungary or Belgium in the quarter-finals.
- Northern Ireland have won a single match in their eight matches against Wales. They lost four and four were draw. In May 1980, they have registered their last victory against Wales.
- Both teams have met on 95 occasions. Wales have won 44 times to Northern Ireland’s 25.
- Northern Ireland is ranked 25th while Wales is 26th in the world.
- In their last two major tournament participations, Wales have reached the knockout stages.
- They have lost only two of their eight games at major tournaments by a one-goal margin; 0-1 to Brazil in 1958 and (1-2) England in 2016.
- After Thomas Hassler, Gareth Bale is the first player to score two free-kick goals in one European Championship.
- Wales were the top scorers with six goals in the group stages along with Hungary who also scored the same. Out of those six goals, four of their goals came in the first half.
- In this tournament after the 56th minute, Wales conceded three goals so far have all come – they’ve also all been scored by substitutes.
- Aaron Ramsey is the main key player for Wales has scored or assisted three of Wales’ last five goals.
- More than any other team, they had 22 shots on target in the group stage.
- Since 1958 World Cup, this is the first appearance of Northern Ireland in the knockout stages of a major tournament.
- In the 1982 World Cup, they finished at the top but they then failed to make it out of the second round of group stage matches.
- Northern Ireland have only won six matches out of their last 15 internationals, two lost and six were ended with a draw. The two defeats they suffered have come in their last three games against Poland and Germany.
- After the lost against Romania in November 2014 in their last 16 internationals, Wales haven’t conceded more than one goal.
- Seven goals Northern Ireland scored out of 10 goals in competitive games have come four from corners and three from indirect free-kicks.
Goalkeepers: W Hennessey, D Ward, Owain Fon Williams
Defenders: Ben Davies, N Taylor, Chris Gunter, A Williams, James Chester, A Richards, J Collins
Midfielders: A Ramsey, Joe Ledley, D Vaughan, Joe Allen, D Cotterill, J Williams, George Williams, A King, D Edwards.
Forwards: G Bale, Hal Robson-Kanu, S Vokes, S Church.
Goalkeepers: R Carroll, Alan McManus, M McGovern
Defenders: Craig Cathcart, J Evans, G McAuley, L McCullough, Conor McLaughlin, A Hughes, L Hodson, Chris Baird, P McNair
Midfielders: S Davis, O Norwood, Corry Evans, J Ward, S Dallas, Niall McGinn, S Ferguson
Forwards: W Grigg, K Lafferty, C Washington, J Magennis