EURO 2016: Brits face-off for QF place

EURO 2016: Brits face-off for QF place

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Dhaka– Debutants Wales and Northern Ireland face each other in the second game of the 16-team knock-out stage of EURO 2016 and will play each other on Saturday night at Parc des Princes, Paris to qualify for the last eight.The 2nd match of the round of 16 will begin at 10:00pm Bangladesh time.  To stay in the race, Wales emerged Group-B champion collecting unbeaten six points from three matches, starting the 24-team tournament campaign with a 2-1 win against Slovakia then conceded a 1-2 loss against England while upset Russia by 3-0 goals. The Northern Ireland side is running in the knock-out stage as one of the best third-place finishers, collecting three points from their three matches of Group-C. They started with a solitary goal loss against Poland then back with 2-0 victory over Ukraine while conceded a 1-0 defeat against Germany.The winner of the match will play either Hungary or Belgium in the quarterfinal at Lille on Friday (July 1). Form guide:In their last 10 matches of all competitions, Wales registered three wins, five losses and two draws, Northern Ireland ahead with five victories, three draws and two losses. But, Wales remained unbeaten in their last eight matches –four wins and four draws– against Northern Ireland since 1980.Dugout: Though, the Wales group stage performances were outstanding, manager Chris Coleman does not want to think anything, but tomorrow.“It’s all about tomorrow. We can’t think about anything else. They (Northern Ireland) are strong ….very well-organised and have a good team spirit.”Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill expected at tough game against their well known opponents.“Wales won their group, they’re in a good place – a great performance against Russia in particular which we’ve watched back- so we expect a tough game.”Wales starting XI (Probable): Hennessey, Gunter, Chester, Williams, Davies, Taylor, Allen, Ledley, Ramsey, Bale and Robson-Kanu.Northern Ireland starting XI (Probable): McGovern, Hughes, McAuley, Cathcart, J Evans, Baird, Davis, Norwood, Ward, Dallas and Lafferty.(UNB)

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