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¡¡¡¡Through the gaps between the concrete pillars and iron gates, a glimpse can be stolen into Wales¡¯s home from home for the next ten days here in Baku. It is pretty bare, in truth. A stadium dating back 80 years and built in Joseph Stalin¡¯s honour, featureless but for a few Wales flags pinned to one stand and a giant marquee set behind one goal. Crowded House¡¯s Weather With You blasts from inside, perhaps appropriately in the searing heat of early afternoon, and the likes of Gareth Bale are going through their stretches before their first training session, a day after travelling 3,000 miles from south Wales.

¡¡¡¡Security is tight. Army officers with guns and German Shepherd dogs patrol the main complex entrances and police