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We've met before - France vs Wales
WE’VE MET BEFORE: WALES VS FRANCE
The two nations are set to meet for the first time in 35 years, and Chris Coleman would certainly settle for a repeat of Wales’ last trip to France. In June 1982, all-time record goalscorer Ian Rush netted in the 55th-minute to earn Mike England’s men a famous 1-0 victory in Toulouse. The friendly scalp was made all the more impressive by the fact the French side, including the likes of skipper Michel Platini, Alain Giresse and Jean Tigana, went onto finish fourth at the World Cup in the following weeks and won the European Championships on home soil two years later.
The two nations have only met on three other occasions – all friendly matches. They squared up for the first time in Paris in 1933, when Tom Griffiths’ 57th-minute opener for the Welsh was cancelled out by Jean Nicolas 12 minutes from time.
Wales returned to the French capital six years later, when Dai Astley bagged a consolation in a 2-1 defeat, after Jules Bigot and Desire Koranyi had fired the hosts 2-0 up inside 13 minutes.
Wales’ next trip to Paris in 1953 produced their biggest defeat to Les Bleus, losing 6-1. Incredibly, Ivor Allchurch, the nation’s joint-third highest goalscorer, had fired the visitors into a second-minute lead but braces from Rene Gardien and Raymond Kopa put the French 4-1 up at the break. Late second-half goals from Antoine Bonifaci and Joseph Ujlaki completed the rout.
1933 Paris Friendly France 1 Wales 1
1939 Paris Friendly France 2 Wales 1
1953 Paris Friendly France 6 Wales 1
1982 Toulouse Friendly France 0 Wales 1
PLAYED WALES FRANCE DRAWS
Friendly 4 1 2 1
Total 4 1 2 1
WE’VE ‘NEVER’ MET BEFORE: WALES VS PANAMA
The Vauxhall International Friendly match at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday, November 14 will be Wales’ first-ever fixture against the Central American nation.