Live Match Hub: Azerbaijan vs Cymru
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14 November 2019

Live Match Hub: Azerbaijan vs Cymru

GIGGS REFLECTS ON CRUCIAL WIN

16 November 20197:14pm

Ryan Giggs spoke to Sky Sports following the 2-0 victory over Azerbaijan as goals from Kieffer Moore and Harry Wilson kept Cymru very much in EURO 2020 contention.

"The result was the main thing tonight," explained Giggs. "I was pleased with a lot of things that we did, and depending on the other result, it sets it up nicely for Tuesday. Kieffer Moore is a threat, we knew they could be weak on set-pieces, and our delivery hasn't always been perfect, so we worked on that in the week.

"It was a difficult decision to leave Aaron (Ramsey) out, you can see the quality and composure he brings when he came on, and he's a different option for us. It was great for him to get those minutes and I thought the referee handled the game well. We've done all we can at this stage.

"It's not an easy place to come, and at times we played some really good football. Overall, I'm really pleased."

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THE TEAMS ARE IN

16 November 20194:48pm

Manager Ryan Giggs has named his starting XI for the EURO 2020 qualifier against Azerbaijan in Baku. 

A play-off place was assured for Cymru last night as Sweden defeated Romania 2-0, but the focus remains firmly-fixed on automatic qualification with two games remaining.

Kick off is fast-approaching, so follow @Cymru for live updates throughout the match, and check back here later for all the post-match reaction.

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CYMRU SUPPORTERS TEAM

16 November 201911:57am

The Cymru Supporters team were in action in Baku on Friday as they took on local team Bailov Rovers for charity at the Bayil Arena. 

The Cymru fans were helping to raise money for the local Mobile Dental Clinic, which provides dental check-ups, advice on dental hygiene and treatment to children.

The Cymru supporters won the match 3-1 with Meurig Parry and Richard Simmons netting two of the goals with the third goal coming courtesy of a Bailov Rovers own goal. 

Well done to all those that took part. Da iawn.

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IT'S MATCHDAY

16 November 201911:05am

The road to EURO 2020 continues for Cymru later today as Ryan Giggs' side take on Azerbaijan in Baku (5pm).

Midfielder Joe Allen is suspended for the crucial Group E match, but Aaron Ramsey is available for the first time in the campaign. In addition, Gareth Bale is back to full-fitness despite not having played since the 1-1 draw against Croatia.

Bale was the hero for Cymru against Azerbaijan at the Cardiff City Stadium back in September as he scored the crucial goal in 2-1 victory. Click the video below to watch the winning goal again.

Meanwhile, follow @Cymru throughout the day for updates from Baku as kick-off approaches.

MEET THE REF

15 November 20197:05pm

Deniz Aytekin of Germany will referee the EURO 2020 qualifier between Azerbaijan and Cymru at the Bakcell Arena in Baku on Saturday.

The experienced Bundesliga official took charge of the match between Denmark and Ryan Giggs' side in the UEFA Nations League in September 2018 when two goals from Christian Eriksen earned the Danes a 2-0 victory.

A familiar figure in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League this season, Aytekin also refereed the EURO 2020 qualifier between Romania and Spain back in September. Fellow countrymen Eduard Beitinger and Rafael Foltyn are the assistant referees with Christian Dingert as fourth official. 

PREVIOUS MEETINGS - AZERBAIJAN v CYMRU

15 November 20196:20pm

This will be the eighth competitive meeting between the two nations, with Cymru winning six of the previous seven encounters and drawing once.

The first match did not take place until November 2002, when goals from the late Gary Speed and John Hartson earned Mark Hughes' side a 2-0 win in Baku in UEFA EURO 2004 qualifying. A 4-0 win in the return match in Cardiff the following March attracted over 72,000 fans, and their support was rewarded by goals from Speed, Hartson, Craig Bellamy and Ryan Giggs.

A return to Baku in 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying saw Azerbaijan claim their best result against Cymru, as Rashad Abulfaz Sadygov cancelled out a goal from Speed to earn his side a 1-1 draw in September 2004. The two sides met again in Cardiff in October 2005, and a brace from Giggs earned John Toshack's side a 2-0 victory.

A late winner from Sam Vokes proved to be the difference between the two sides in Cardiff when they next met in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying in September 2008, and the score was repeated in Baku the following June, thanks to a goal from midfielder Dave Edwards.

The most recent fixture took place in the current campaign at the Cardiff City Stadium during September, as a late winning goal from Gareth Bale (below) earned Cymru a valuable three points.

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GIGGS SPEAKS TO THE MEDIA IN BAKU

15 November 20196:00pm

Cymru manager Ryan Giggs joined Gareth Bale in speaking to the media in Baku today.

Giggs spoke positively about the test awaiting his team in Azerbaijan, with Bale returning to fitness and Aaron Ramsey being available for the first time in the campaign. Click the video below to watch the press conference.

BALE TALKS AZERBAIJAN, FITNESS, THE EUROS AND GOLF

15 November 20195:46pm

Gareth Bale sat down with the media in Baku this afternoon to look ahead to the EURO 2020 qualifier against Azerbaijan on Saturday.

The Cymru star made light of the press reports from Spain, and spoke positively about the upcoming fixture as he returns to full fitness. Click the video below to watch the press conference in full.

DAVIES READY TO DELIVER

14 November 20197:48pm

Defender Ben Davies spoke to BBC Sport Wales recently about the upcoming EURO 2020 qualifiers and the hunger to succeed that exists within the current Cymru squad.

"The excitement is there," explained Davies. "There are a lot of young, hungry, talented players in the squad who want to experience what we did in Euro 2016, and it's no different for the senior players."

Davies, 26, made his 50th appearance for Cymru in the 1-1 draw with Croatia in Cardiff last month. 

"There is more expectation. That's come because we have shown what quality we have. Everybody expects to be playing in these tournaments because we are a good side. We have earned that expectation. Now it's about delivering.

"I don't think there's any point in being nervous. It can be a nervy game if you start getting caught up in trying to score too early or force things to get the early goal. It's about patience. We have to trust in our plan."

GROUP E SITUATION

14 November 20197:14pm

Here is the current situation in Group E of UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying with just four fixtures remaining to decide the final placings.

On Saturday, Cymru take on Azerbaijan in Baku, before group leaders Croatia host Slovakia later that evening. The action continues on Tuesday when Wales meet Hungary in Cardiff and Azerbaijan make the journey to Slovakia.

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LAST TIME

14 November 20197:03pm

Sharing the points with Slovakia and Croatia in the last two fixtures has put Cymru back in qualifying contention ahead of the final two Group E games against Azerbaijan and Hungary.

Kieffer Moore and Gareth Bale were the respective heroes for Ryan Giggs' side as both games finished 1-1. Click the video below to watch highlights from Trnava and Cardiff.

SQUAD UPDATE

14 November 20196:57pm

Since Ryan Giggs made his initial squad announcement, three players have withdrawn ahead of the crucial UEFA EURO 2020 qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Hungary.

Neil Taylor and Danny Ward have both withdrawn for personal reasons, while Tom Lawrence has left the camp due to illness. Cymru take on Azerbaijan in Baku on Saturday, before hosting Hungary at the Cardiff City Stadium in the final group match on Tuesday evening.

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Welcome to the Live Match Hub as Ryan Giggs and his Cymru squad travel to Baku for their penultimate UEFA EURO 2020 qualifier against Azerbaijan on Saturday (16 November).

The Live Match Hub provides you with all the latest news ahead of the crucial match from across social media, written press and news updates directly from the camp. 

So make sure you keep coming back to this page as it will be updates regularly with the very latest information.