EURO 2016: Northern Ireland v Wales previous meetings

Robbie Savage and Michael Hughes square up to each other back in 2004

Robbie Savage and Michael Hughes square up to each other back in 2004

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Euro 2016 opponents Wales and Northern Ireland have played each other 60 times since the partition of Ireland in 1921.

Here, News Letter Sport looks at five of their memorable meetings before Saturday’s last-16 tie at the Parc des Princes in Paris.

March 31, 1954

Wales 1 Northern Ireland 2

The 1953-54 British Home Championship doubled up as a qualifying group for the 1954 World Cup. Peter McParland scored twice to give Northern Ireland a 2-0 lead at Wrexham before John Charles claimed a late consolation. But it was still England who made it through to the finals in Switzerland that year.

April 15, 1964

Wales 2 Northern Ireland 3

A British Home Championship game in Swansea remembered for George Best making his Northern Ireland debut. Martin Harvey, Samuel Wilson and James McLaughlin scored for Northern Ireland. Ron Davies and Brian Godfrey replied for Wales.

September 8, 2004

Wales 2 Northern Ireland 2

An incredible 2006 World Cup qualifier in Cardiff saw three players sent off and Wales recover from a two-goal deficit to draw. Robbie Savage and Michael Hughes were dismissed after an eighth-minute clash before Jeff Whitley and David Healy scored for Northern Ireland. Healy was red-carded for an over-exuberant goal celebration and John Hartson and Robert Earnshaw secured a share of the spoils.

October, 8, 2005

Northern Ireland 2 Wales 3

The Belfast return just over a year later saw Wales claim their first win of the campaign. Simon Davies fired Wales ahead, Carl Robinson added a second and the game would have been over but for Maik Taylor saving Hartson’s weak penalty. Keith Gillespie and Steve Davis levelled for Northern Ireland, but a stunning Ryan Giggs free-kick gave Wales victory.

March 24, 2016

Wales 1 Northern Ireland 1

The most recent game between the two countries was in March ahead of the Euros. Craig Cathcart’s shot on the turn on the hour mark looked like handing Northern Ireland their first away friendly win in almost a decade. But Wales - who were without star men Ramsey and Gareth Bale - rallied in the final quarter and Simon Church converted a last-minute penalty.

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