The first semi-final of the Euro 2016 championships saw Portugal book their place in Sunday’s final with a 2-0 victory over surprise package Wales who will go home heroes in the country.
The first half produced very little by the way of goalmouth action. Wales were slightly fortunate not to concede a penalty kick, as James Collins grappled Cristiano Ronaldo to the ground. At the other end Real Madrid star Gareth Bale fired over the bar, before the forward fired straight at Portuguese ‘keeper Rui Patricio.
Bale’s club-mate Cristiano Ronaldo had his first sight of goal just before half-time, heading over at the far post when challenged by James Chester.
Portugal came out the stronger in the second half and took the lead on 50 minutes. Raphael Guerreiro picked-up the ball from a short corner and found Ronaldo who produced a powerful header from inside the area that beat Wayne Hennessey in the Welsh goal.
The Selecao doubled their lead just three minutes later. Ronaldo miss-hit an effort from 25 yards out and Nani stuck his foot out to divert the ball into the net from close range.
Portugal had chances to increase their lead, as Joao Mario fired an effort past the near post and Hennessy saved a Jose Fonte header. Wales hardly threatened Portugal’s goal, but Bale produced two long-range efforts that were saved by Rui Patricio.
Hennessey kept out an effort from Danilo and Ronaldo fired wide, as the Selecao comfortably made secured their place in Sunday’s final. Both Ronaldo and Nani have the added target of the golden boot, with both players currently on three goals apiece in France.