Wales’ remarkable run in the Euros has come an end after losing 2-0 to Portugal in the semi-final of Euro 2016.
Cristiano Ronaldo opened with the scoring after 49 minutes with a brilliant header from Guerreiro’s corner. Ronaldo rose above James Chester, who had the beating of Portuguese forward in the first half, and heading the ball past Wayne Hennessey.
Three minutes later Wales were two down for the first time in the tournament when Nani turned in Ronaldo’s scuffed shot. Ronaldo looked to add to his first goal but dragged his long range shot along the ground but Nani was unmarked in the box and turned the effort beyond Hennessey.
The first half was a cagey affair with neither side prepared to risk testing the opposition’s defence, following many other first halves at this year’s Euros. Neither Bale nor Ronaldo were able to influence the game with Bale looking to run from deep while his Real Madrid teammate took a central role looking to latch onto crosses.
Portugal were in control of proceedings from the first to the last whistle as Wales were unable to get a grip on the game and string passes together. Bale came deeper and deeper in search of the ball but only took himself out of the game.
Wales, who missed suspended Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davis, did little to trouble to Portuguese defence only managing a handful of shots on target mostly from outside the box.
Despite missing key players, Wales played with their twelfth man doing the nation proud from the stands who were with the team the entire game.
The end of the game saw a bittersweet Welsh side who could have done so much better in the semi-final but the end of this tournament is the start of exciting times for this Welsh side.
As for Portugal, they face either France or Germany in the final after winning their first game inside 90 minutes of the tournament with easily their best performance to date.
Portugal: Rui Patricio; Soares, Fonte, Bruno Alves, Guerreiro; Danilo, Renato Sanches (Gomes), Joao Mario, Adrien Silver; Nani (Quaresma), Ronaldo.
Wales: Hennessey; Gunter, Collins (J Williams), A Williams, Chester, Taylor; Allen, Ledley (Vokes), King; Robson-Kanu (Church ), Bale.