Wales Match 3 Slovakia 11 June 2016 18:00 Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux

Wales 2 - 1 Slovakia
11 Jun 2016 - 18:00Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux

Wales have never appeared in the EURO finals and first Group B opponents Slovakia are similarly inexperienced, although Gareth Bale has cause to remember a previous meeting fondly.

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.

• 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.

EURO facts – Slovakia
• While Slovakia have never before competed in a UEFA European Championship final tournament as an independent nation, as part of Czechoslovakia they appeared in three four-team finals.

Czechoslovakia’s 1976 glory

• Czechoslovakia finished third in 1960 and 1980 and lifted the trophy in 1976. Eight of the 11 players who started the final against West Germany – and triumphed on penalties after a 2-2 draw – hailed from Slovakia.

• Slovakia reached the 2016 finals thanks mainly to wins in their first six Group C qualifiers, a run that included a 2-1 home triumph against Spain – the holders’ first qualifying defeat in 36 matches and nine years.

Coach and player links
• Slovakia coach Ján Kozák earned three caps for Czechoslovakia against Wales in 1978 and 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifying, helping his side reach the latter finals in Spain having missed out four years earlier.

• Slovakia defender Martin Škrtel and Wales midfielder Joe Allen have been Liverpool team-mates since summer 2012.

• Marek Hamšík helped Napoli eliminate a Swansea side including Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor and Ben Davies in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League round of 32.

• Defender Erik Čikoš scored Slovan Bratislava’s first-leg winner against Welsh champions The New Saints in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round – the Slovakian side prevailed 3-0 on aggregate.

• Filip Kiss has been at Cardiff City since July 2011, although he spent 2015 on loan at Norwegian club Haugesund.

Previous meetings

UEFA EURO 2008

Date Stage Match Result Venue Goalscorers
12/09/07 QR (GS) Slovakia – Wales 2-5

 
Trnava Mintál 12, 57, Ďurica 78 (og); Eastwood 22, Bellamy 34, 41, Davies 90
07/10/06 QR (GS) Wales – Slovakia 1-5

 
Cardiff Bale 37; Švento 14, Mintál 32, 39, Karhan 51, Vittek 59

FIFA World Cup

Date Stage Match Result Venue Goalscorers
08/09/93 QR (GS) Wales – Czechoslovakia 2-2 Cardiff Giggs 22, Rush 36; Kuka 18, Dubovsky 68
28/04/93 QR (GS) Czechoslovakia – Wales 1-1 Ostrava Látal 38; Hughes 29

1988 UEFA European Championship

Date Stage Match Result Venue Goalscorers
11/11/87 PR (GS) Czechoslovakia – Wales 2-0

 
Prague Knoflicek 32, Bielik 89
29/04/87 PR (GS) Wales – Czechoslovakia 1-1 Wrexham Rush 82; Knoflicek 74

FIFA World Cup

Date Stage Match Result Venue Goalscorers
09/09/81 QR (GS) Czechoslovakia – Wales 2-0

 
Prague  
19/11/80 QR (GS) Wales – Czechoslovakia 1-0

 
Cardiff  

FIFA World Cup

Date Stage Match Result Venue Goalscorers
16/11/77 QR (GS) Czechoslovakia – Wales 1-0

 
Prague  
30/03/77 QR (GS) Wales – Czechoslovakia 3-0

 
Wrexham  

1972 UEFA European Championship

Date Stage Match Result Venue Goalscorers
27/10/71 PR (GS) Czechoslovakia – Wales 1-0

 
Prague Kuna 60
21/04/71 PR (GS) Wales – Czechoslovakia 1-3

 
Swansea R. Davies 49 (P); Čapkovič 80, 83, Táborský 81

FIFA World Cup

Date Stage Match Result Venue Goalscorers
26/05/57 QR (GS) Czechoslovakia – Wales 2-0

 
Prague  
01/05/57 QR (GS) Wales – Czechoslovakia 1-0

 
Cardiff