Portugal have qualified for the final of the 2016 European Championships after two quick second-half goals secured a 2-0 victory over Wales.
The win was Portugal’s first within the full 90 minutes after three draws in their group games, along with two extra time victories in Round 16 and the quarter-finals. Wales’ heroic run fell short, but they still managed to present a proud piece of international history by achieving their greatest progress in a major international tournament.
Neither side was consistently threatening in the first half, with only one quality opportunity coming the way of Welsh midfielder Gareth Bale whose his individual run ended with a shot that was easily saved.
It didn’t take long for goals to arrive in the second half when Portugal found the breakthrough five minutes in. A short corner was tapped to Raphael Guerreiro who whipped in a cross from the left side where superstar captain Cristiano Ronaldo rose above the defence to power a header into the roof of the net and out of reach of the Welsh keeper.
Ronaldo was pivotal to Portugal’s second shortly after, as his shot was redirected past the keeper, Wayne Hennessey by fellow forward Nani for a comfortable lead.
Portugal’s defence never wavered in the latter stages of the match; they held on for a 2-0 victory and a spot in the final. – Patrick Staveley
Photo of Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating his goal against Wales in the semi-final from UEFA EURO 2016 Facebook Feed.