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Cardiff's Fanzone opens 5pm Friday

Thousands watched Wales beat Northern Ireland. Credit: PA Wire

Cardiff Council says the city's Fanzone will open at 5pm on Friday for the 8pm kickoff.

Wales is now the only home nation still in Euro2016.

The Welsh team is now leading the way, with their passion and commitment in the way they are playing football. We have provided a fanzone for every Welsh game and it has been a continued success.

I hope that this success continues and the atmosphere is electric and I would like to thank all the Welsh fans for their continued support and good behavior.

We would also like to thank Rhondda Cynon Taf and Swansea Council for putting on events to show the game for their residents. Cardiff’s fanzone has a capacity of 6000 people and we want people to avoid disappointment, by coming to Cardiff and being turned away as we are expecting the facility to reach its capacity.

– Peter Bradbury, City of Cardiff Council

Taylor insists Wales can upset Belgium in the quarter finals

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Neil Taylor has warned Belgium that Wales can hurt them just like they did in Cardiff a year ago.

The two adversaries will meet for the fifth time since 2012 at the quarter-final stage of Euro 2016.

Wales have won two and drawn two of those four previous games - no mean feat against opponents ranked second in the world - and were victorious in their last meeting in June 2015 when Gareth Bale's first-half goal decided a Euro 2016 qualifier.

On paper they are an unbelievable team. They could put two teams out who are able to compete at these Euros, they have had a blessed generation of players coming through.

Teams like that can force you to be defensive. They move the ball so well, the type of players they have got, you have to respect them otherwise they can blow you away completely.

You have to show them respect they have earned from being good players and a good team, but we also know that we can hurt them. We have got our ways of hurting teams when we need to do but, first and foremost, we must try not to concede.

– Neil Taylor, Wales Defender


Coleman believes Belgium will be under pressure to beat Wales

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Wales manager Chris Coleman believes all the pressure is on Belgium in their Euro 2016 quarter-final clash.

The two nations will meet in Lille on Friday night, just a few miles from the Belgian border, and Wales supporters are expected to be heavily outnumbered in northern France.

But Coleman thinks that will bring the best out of Wales as they seek to repeat their memorable 1-0 victory over Belgium in qualifying for this competition.

We're good normally in that situation when we're right up against it. When we have to stand up to the challenge we do. Belgium will be the fancied team and they are right on their own doorstep, but it's something we can use as an advantage to ourselves.

I think Belgium have to produce with the team they have got. It's not getting out of the group stages for them, but getting to a semi-final or final. I am not saying anything that Marc (Wilmots, Belgium coach) doesn't know. Our pressure is different.

– Chris Coleman, Wales Manager
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