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Wales fans gather round their TVs to watch Gareth Bales' men take on Switzerland in Baku

Wales fans have gathered around their TVs to watch the national side take on Switzerland in their first Euro 2020 match today.

Supporters rushed to the pubs to see Gareth Bales' men take on the continental opposition in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 2pm.

A group of five wore their dragon-coated shirts with pride as they sat at the Wales' fan zone at Vale Sport Arena in Cardiff.

But some 300 hardcore Welshmen ignored the government's travel advice and made the 3,000-mile trek across the world for the game.

Two fans smiled as they clutched their beers in the 86F (30C) at the Baku Olympic Stadium after making the mammoth journey.

Former England striker and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker wished the side good luck this afternoon, tweeting: 'Pob lwc @Cymru.' 

Supporters rushed to the pubs to see Gareth Bales' men take on the continental opposition in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 2pm

Two fans smiled as they clutched their beers in the sun at the Baku Olympic Stadium after making the mammoth journey

In a promo clip ahead of the match, Wales's official Twitter showed off the 'rugged' landscape and asked fans if they were having 'pre-match goosbumps'. 

A woman's voice in the video said: 'Behold this land of rugged beauty. Weathered by the elements. Enduring and iron-willed in spirit.

'Built on centuries of grit, resilience and determination. It's soul forged in the smoke and fires of industry. One land, with many voices.

'A modern nation with an ancient heart. A heart that's been battered, bruised and broken too many times before. But our spirit? Our spirit will never be broken.

'We will not go gentle into that good night. We rage, rage against the dying of the light. Because to be Welsh is to feel the blood pound in your veins.

'Like the pounding of the sea upon these ancient shores. And to be Welsh is to know that victory hard-one is the sweetest victory of all.

'So when we stumble, we get back up. We dig deeper and we go again. Yes our history made us, but there's so much history left for us to make.

'And we all have a part to play. Working together. Standing together. Singing together. Through the highs and lows. The victories and defeats.

'We win together and lose together and throughout it all we stay together. A shared vision built on craft, Welsh spirit and the unconquerable will to win.

Passion. Progress. Pride. A football nation reborn. An identity remade. And a fire that never, ever goes out. Because together we are stronger. Gorau chware, cyd chware.' 

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