ICYMI: Portugal Defeat Wales To Reach Euro 2016 Final

Portugal have defeated Wales to reach the Euro 2016 final.

A stunning header which gave Portugal the lead, followed by a pass to Nani for the second, three minutes later, saw Ronaldo win the personal duel with Real team-mate Bale.

Collins escaped a strong Portugal penalty appeal when referee Jonas Eriksson dismissed Ronaldo’s claims, despite the Wales defender clearly hauling the Portuguese captain to the ground with an arm around the neck.

Ronaldo scoring the opener
Ronaldo scoring the opener

Coleman had urged his players to fight fire with fire in anticipation of similar rough-house tactics from Portugal, but Wales were jumping the gun and their over-exuberance threatened to cost them dearly.

When Ronaldo freed Joao Mario to shoot wide on 16 minutes, Wales were beginning to creak, but the near miss served as a delayed warning and Coleman’s players settled down and did as they did against Belgium by taking more care in possession.The first goal eventually came from Ronaldo on 50 minutes and it was a majestic contribution by the Real Madrid forward.Having lost Collins just inside the penalty area for Adrien Silva’s corner, Ronaldo burst into the six yard box and, with incredible spring, outjumped the static James Chester to send a bullet header from Joao Mario’s cross past the helpless Wayne Hennessey.

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And just as Coleman and Wales were beginning to plot a route back off the ropes, Ronaldo hurt them again three minutes later by creating the opening for Nani to double Portugal’s lead.The former Manchester United winger, who this week confirmed a transfer to Valencia from Fenerbahce, has performed well as a central striker in France and he did so again, ghosting between Collins and Ashley Williams before diverting Ronaldo’s cross past Hennessey with his right foot.

Hennessey then spilled a Nani shot before Bale, dredging the energy to launch a late assault, attempted to make a difference with two long range efforts.But it was all in vain. Wales had nothing left, their heroics had run out.

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