Euro 2020 fever grips Wales: Gareth Bale’s men go 1-0 up against Turkey in Baku


Euro 2020 fever grips Wales: Thousands of fans pack out pubs and fan zones to watch the Dragons as Gareth Bale’s men go 1-0 up against Turkey in Baku

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.

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

Inside the stadium large numbers of fans were chanting for Turkey as the team warmed up for its European Championship game against Wales in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Much of the Baku Olympic Stadium is wearing Turkish red and chanted loudly as the team was announced.

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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