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Wales v Portugal Euro 2016 Preview: Will Wales' fairytale continue into tournament final

Ross Aylward 6 Jul 2016
  • Wales and Portugal face off in the Euro 2016 semi-final on Wednesday night
  • Real Madrid team-mates Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo will face off in Lyon
  • Can Wales pull off another upset?
Wales star Gareth Bale

Wales first international tournament in 50 years has been a memorable one already but with a win over Portugal on Wednesday they could make it even more memorable by reaching the final.

Portugal have managed to battle their way through to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 without winning a match in normal time. The Seleccao were expected to blitz Group F as winners but instead needed to qualify as one of the best third-placed teams as they drew all three of their matches with Iceland, Austria and Hungary in the group stages.

After stumbling through that group, Fernando Santos' men have hardly been much better in the knock-out stages, drawing in 90 minutes against both Croatia and Poland and needing an extra-time winner from Ricardo Quaresma in the round of 16 and penalties in the Quarter Finals. They'll have to be better if they're to win this game in normal time as the bookies expect.

Wales' tournament has been a special one. Having ended the 50 year wait to compete in the finals of a major tournament, the Dragons have made the most of their opportunity, winning Group B over rivals England (despite losing to them over 90 minutes) thanks to impressive victories over both Slovakia and Russia. 

Taking confidence from that, it was no surprise when Chris Coleman's men battled their way to a 1-0 win over fellow Brits Northern Ireland, but very few people expected them to overcome Belgium in the Quarter Finals. After overcoming the much-fancied Rode Duivels, you have to say the odds of a Wales win seems like great value.

Portugal simply haven't been at the races this tournament. They may have made it through to the semi-finals, but they are better than every team they've faced so far on paper and yet they've struggled to beat all of them in normal time. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Joao Moutinho have failed to put in the performances we've come to expect from them on the big stage.

Wales on the other hand have shown plenty of spirit and heart to reach this far in the tournament and they'll be desperate to continue this dream run straight through to the final. It won't be easy.

Gareth Bale is undoubtedly Wales' star man in the attacking ranks and he also has the opportunity to win the golden boot as he currently sits joint-top of the scoring charts with three goals. The Real Madrid man is capable of scoring all kinds of goals and this shaky Portuguese defence will struggle to cope with him.

This is simply not the semi-final we were expecting before the tournament began. Portugal have had a degree of luck in reaching the semi-finals whereas Wales have performed above and beyond what we were expecting. The question is, which side will be heading to the Stade de France for the final and which side will be heading home?



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