Connor Roberts expects that when the squad moves on from Baku, more Wales fans will be able to attend games.


Connor Roberts expects that when the squad moves on from Baku, more Wales fans will be able to attend games.

After their trip to Azerbaijan, Connor Roberts hopes that more Wales fans will be able to cheer on Gareth Bale and his teammates at Euro 2020.

After an 11-day stop in Baku, where they played their first two matches 3,000 miles from home, the Wales side flew to Rome on Friday for their final Group A match against Italy.

The Welsh Government warned fans not to travel to Baku since Azerbaijan was on their coronavirus ‘amber list,’ and quarantine laws were in force when they returned home.

A few hundred intrepid supporters made the long trek to see Wales win four points against Switzerland and Turkey, putting Robert Page’s side on the verge of qualifying for the last 16 before Sunday’s match against group leaders Italy.

“Hopefully we can progress as far as possible in the competition,” said Swansea defender Roberts, who sealed a 2-0 win against Turkey in the last seconds on Wednesday.

“Perhaps we can attract more and more people to the games to cheer us on.

“It’s one thing to support from home, but it’s another to be there and experience it.”

Wales would win their group if they could end Italy’s 29-match unbeaten streak at the Stadio Olimpico.

That would set up a last-16 clash at Wembley against the Group C runners-up, most likely Austria or Ukraine, with about 40,000 fans allowed.

However, it is more likely that Wales will finish second to Italy and travel to Amsterdam to face the Group B runners-up, most likely Denmark, Finland, or Russia.

On Thursday, 12,000 people attended Holland’s group game against Ukraine at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Wales could also qualify as the best third-placed team, with last-16 matches taking place in Bucharest, Glasgow, and Seville.

By victory in Amsterdam, the Dragons would advance to the quarter-finals in Baku.

“If you offered that to me right now, of course I would take it,” Roberts told BBC Wales (take it).

“I guess they’ve all been here (Baku) compared to Scotland, England, and most teams. (This is a brief piece.)


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