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Wales are determined to continue their Euro 2016 adventure in France

Wales’ Euro 2016 quarter-final against Belgium on Friday is their biggest match since the 1958 World Cup, according to manager Chris Coleman.

Wales have not reached a major finals since they were beaten by Brazil in the last eight 58 years ago.

Ranked 26th in the world, Coleman’s team take on a side 24 places above them – with a semi-final in Lyon on 6 July the reward for the winner.

“We know what’s at stake – it’s a fantastic pressure to have,” he said.

“Since that 1958 quarter-final, we have to put this down as the biggest game our country’s ever been involved in.

“People have already said: ‘Wales can’t lose, they weren’t meant to get to the quarter-final, they’re the underdogs.’ This definitely isn’t the way we see it.”

Wales are in the habit of defying the odds as a team whose unity – and sprinkling of star quality in the form of Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey – compensates for a squad lacking the strength in depth of their illustrious opponents.

Belgium, who were in the same qualifying group as Wales, lost their opening game 2-0 against Italy but have won their three matches since and have several Premier League players in their squad, including Chelsea winger Eden Hazard, Manchester City forward Kevin de Bruyne and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.

“I’m not going to play the occasion down,” added Coleman, whose team lost to England before going on to win Group B and then defeating Northern Ireland in the last 16.

“I’m going to enjoy it and savour it – but we’ll only enjoy it when we perform.

“I don’t need to ham this game up. We are where we are, it is what it is, we’ve earned it.”

Determined to continue the adventure

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It was possible to detect a hint of finality in the Football Association of Wales’ video thanking the people of Dinard, the quaint seaside town in Brittany which has been Wales’ home for Euro 2016, for their hospitality.

Paying tribute in Bretagne, French, Welsh and English, there was a faint sense of bidding farewell, perhaps mindful that Wales’ first European Championship campaign could be nearing its end.

However, a moment in the company of Wales’ players is enough to realise how determined they are to ensure their French adventure continues.

“We have done well to get this far, but when you are in the quarter-final of the tournament knowing if we can get it right there are great possibilities, it is different,” said Coleman.

“There is more football and more performances in this team.”

Wales fans set to be outnumbered

Belgium fans are expected to heavily outnumber their Welsh counterparts in Lille on Friday

It is thought there will be around 20,000 Wales fans in Lille for the match.

But with Lille just 10 miles from the Belgian border it has been estimated that there will be up to 150,000 Belgium fans making the trip for the game.

This has led to concerns that many ticketless Welsh fans may not even be able to get into the Lille fan zone, which holds 30,000. Paul Corkery, of the Football Supporters’ Federation Cymru, warned: “Once it’s full it’s shut.”

Belgium manager Marc Wilmots said his team will have home advantage, adding: “We have a team with a few worries. So it’s good to have a 12th man.”

In Wales, there are fan zones open on Friday in various locations, including Cardiff, Newport, Pontypridd and Anglesey.

A butcher in Cardiff has produced a special Euro Burger,