This will be the first match between Turkey and Wales at a major tournament. Their last encounter dates back to August 1997 in a FIFA World Cup qualifier – it produced 10 goals, with Turkey winning 6-4 in Istanbul. Four of Turkey’s goals were netted by Hakan Şükür, while current Wales manager Rob Page played for Wales that day.
Wales last beat Turkey 40 years ago, in March 1981, courtesy of a goal from Carl Harris in a FIFA World Cup qualifier in Ankara (0-1). Current Turkey head coach Senol Günes was on goal that day for the home side.
Against Italy, Turkey kept up their record of losing its opening match at a major tournament (Euros and World Cup), losing all seven such matches. However, they have progressed from their group the last three times they have avoided defeat in their second group stage match (EURO 2000, World Cup 2002, and EURO 2008).
This match will be played at BAKI OLIMPIYA STADIONU at 5:00 pm today.