Date: July 1, 2016 Time:20:00 Venue:Stade Pierre-Mauroy (Villeneuve d’Ascq)
Both teams have not met in the European championship, while their last meeting was on June 12, 2015 during the European championship, where Bale’s only goal in 25 minutes gave victory to the Welsh side. Both teams are currently in top form and are willing to progress to the next stage as far as the Euro tournament is concerned.
Belgium currently have an array of players, who are determined to make history in European football but that does not mean that they are invincible. They lost their first match in Euro 2016 to Italy by 2-0, beating Republic of Ireland and Sweden 3-0 and 1-0 respectively to book a place in the round of 16, where they practically mauled Hungary 4-0 to get to the quarter-final stage of the tournament. They are a team to be beaten and have a 50% chance of moving ahead of Wales.
Belgium 0-2 Italy
Belgium 3-0 Republic of Ireland
Sweden 0-1 Belgium
Hungary 0-4 Belgium
Wales are arguably one of the current emerging powers in European football, coming to the tournament for the first time and making a positive impact. They beat Slovakia 2-1 in their first group match, suffered a 2-1 defeat in the hands of England and eventually beat 2018 World Cup hosts Russia 3-0 to finish top on the group with six points. In the knockout stage, they defeated Northern Ireland 1-0 to book an appointment with Belgium in the quarter-final stage. Wales have a 50% chance of qualifying ahead of Belgium, going by their performance.
Wales 2-1 Slovakia
England 2-1 Wales
Russia 0-3 Wales
Wales 1-0 Northern Ireland