BALE OUT

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sport -

MATCH FACTS

This will be just the fourth meet­ing be­tween Wales and Slo­vakia, with the Dragons win­ning two and los­ing one – most re­cently a 2-1 vic­tory at Euro 2016 in the group stages.

In Slo­vakia’s only pre­vi­ous visit to Wales in any com­pe­ti­tion, they ran out 5-1 win­ners in a Euro 2008 qual­i­fier at the Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium back in Oc­to­ber 2006.

Dur­ing that 5-1 de­feat, Gareth Bale scored what was his first-ever goal for his coun­try.

Un­der man­ager Ryan Giggs, Wales have won two and lost two of their four pre­vi­ous com­pet­i­tive matches, fall­ing to a 2-1 de­feat in their last such match ver­sus Den­mark.

Slo­vakia are now win­less in their last six away games in all com­pe­ti­tions

(D1 L5), since they achieved a 2-1 vic­tory in Lithua­nia back

in June 2017.

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