Euro 2020 fever grips Wales: Gareth Bale's men go 1-0 up

Euro 2020 fever grips Wales: Thousands of fans pack out pubs and fan zones to watch the Dragons as Gareth Bale’s men go 2-0 up against Turkey in Baku

  • Wales fans pack out pubs and bars at home as team play Turkey in Azerbaijan
  • The Dragons are taking on Turkey for its European Championship game in Baku 
  • Whilst most of stadium is wearing Turkish red, Wales shows support from home 
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here

Wales fans have packed out pubs and bars at home as the team travelled to Azerbaijan to take on Turkey for its European Championship game.

Hundreds of fans joined together at the Vale Sport Arena in Cardiff to watch the Dragons as Gareth Bale’s men go 2-0 up against Turkey. 

Wales’ Aaron Ramsey scored their side’s first goal of the game at the Baku Olympic Stadium, Azerbaijan.

Inside the stadium large numbers of fans were chanting for Turkey as the team warmed up, with much of the stadium wearing Turkish red – with most Wales fans showing their support from home.

And Gareth Bale and Co will have to contend with a Turkish side determined to salvage their tournament after a 3-0 thrashing by Italy on opening night last Friday. 

Wales fans watch the UEFA Euro 2020 Group A match between Turkey and Wales at the Vale Sport Arena, Cardiff

Wales fans celebrate the opening goal whilst watching the UEFA Euro 2020 Group A

Football fans react as they watch Wales v Turkey at the Vale Sports Arena on June 16, 2021 in Penarth, Wales

The crowd was visibly larger than the 8,782 who watched Wales play Switzerland in Azerbaijan last week.

Both teams predicted it would be like a home game for the Turks because the country is allies with Azerbaijan and they have close cultural ties.

Posters reading ‘one people, two states’ and ‘Turkey, our hearts beat with you’ were on the walls of the subway system in the city.

Wales’ Aaron Ramsey scores their side’s first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2020 Group A match at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan

Aaron Ramsey (centre) of Wales celebrates with team-mates after scoring the 0-1 goal during the UEFA EURO 2020 group

Wales fans celebrate the opening goal whilst watching the UEFA Euro 2020

Wales fans watch the UEFA Euro 2020 Group A match between Turkey and Wales at the Vale Sport Arena, Cardiff

The 2020 UEFA European Championship was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and rescheduled to run from June 11 to July 11, 2021

The Dragons are taking on Turkey for its European Championship game in Baku

The crowd was visibly larger than the 8,782 who watched Wales play Switzerland in Azerbaijan last week – at home Wales fans pack out Vale Sport Arena, Cardiff

Wales fans watch the UEFA Euro 2020

Defeat against Italy means Turkey have lost their opening match at all seven of their major tournament appearances. Pictured: A Wales fan celebrating the opening goal

The most recent meeting between these sides was in 1997, when Turkey won a World Cup qualifier in Istanbul 6-4 – the only time Wales have scored four times in a game but still lost.

Wales boss Page started in that game, having made his international debut against Turkey in 1996.

Turkey attempted just three shots against Italy, their lowest total in a European Championship match. None of those efforts were on target.

Defeat against Italy means Turkey have lost their opening match at all seven of their major tournament appearances. But they have advanced to the knockout stage the last three times they have avoided defeat in their second game (at Euro 2000 and 2008, plus the 2002 World Cup).

Fans joined in the Vale Sport Arena in Cardiff to watch the Dragons as Gareth Bale ‘s men go 1-0 up against Turkey

Wales have only failed to score in one of their seven European Championship matches – their 2-0 semi-final defeat to Portugal in 2016. Pictured: Wales fans at at Vale Sports Arena

Football fans react as they watch Wales v Turkey at the Vale Sports Arena on June 16, 2021 in Penarth, Wales

Anticipation as Wales eyes second place in Group A. Pictured: Wales fans

Bale has not scored a competitive international goal outside of Wales since netting in a 3-0 win versus Russia at Euro 2016. Wales fans pictured 

Turkey’s squad has an average age of 24 days and 352 days, the lowest of any side at Euro 2020.

Wales have only failed to score in one of their seven European Championship matches – their 2-0 semi-final defeat to Portugal in 2016.

Wales have never lost a game in which Kieffer Moore has scored, while four of his six international goals have been headers.

Gareth Bale has failed to score in his past 12 appearances for Wales, his longest drought since a run of 20 matches between 2007 and 2010.

Bale has not scored a competitive international goal outside of Wales since netting in a 3-0 win versus Russia at Euro 2016.

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