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Welcome to the full match rerun of the most historic occasion yet in
the history of Welsh football. It is the first semifinal of the European
jabbing chip, Portugal against Wales. I'm your match commentator
and joining me is Danny Murphy. -- European Championship. Wayne
Hennessey plays behind a defence which a change for the first time in
France. Collins coming in for the banned Davies. The Premier League
winner Andy King comes in hoping to follow the lead of Ramsey in
providing chances for Gareth Bale and the man who might even have
upstaged him, Hal Robson-Kanu. Depleted by two. Suspensions with
Portugal and Wales and Pepe not even fit enough for the bench.
Has taken his place just behind. I am sure he can fall out from there.
Together stronger, the Welsh motto. They really do live by it. It is a
together team getting ready to kick off their country's first ever major
tournament football semifinal. It is Portugal in the pale mint
green and Wales in grey and bright green change strip, for only the
second time in the tournament. The other was in losing against England
but that seems like a different time. It seems a long time ago. Uefa
have decreed Portugal, technically being the home listed team, the dark
red kit was not allowed to clash with the darkness of the Wales
change strip. We have the ludicrous situation of neither team in their
preferred red. Wales try to take it the Portugal straightaway. Danny
Murphy is with me for the match. Can this dream go on? Yes, it can. What
a rendition that was, by the way. The hairs on the back of my neck
were to attention. A good start for Wales. Passing well. The main thing
we are going to see, Wales without the creativity of Ramsay, who was
pivotal in the last game. Hopefully, we can. Hopefully, we can. Contrary
to most of the hype it is not about Rinaldo against Bale. These are two
teens. Portugal have managed largely without their star man. Topping the
ball 19 times in the entire match. The first free kick of the goes
against Joe Allen. Get away with those earlier in the game. Rinaldo.
A shimmy and a shake. Jose Rondon. Portugal will continue with the
composed approach to football. It has always been the way of Fernando
Santos. The young man in the team. Getting the ball away.
And here is Williams. James Collins. His first start actually since that
3-0 win in Israel in qualifying. His only appearance in the qualifying
campaign. Very experienced. A really good header of the ball. Important
on set plays. We can see how dangerous Wales can be when they get
good deliveries into the opposition box. Joe Allen. Could not take it
under control. Allowed it to run to them on man you do not want it
running two. He feels he is felt by Ashley Williams. He felt it was a
perfect tackle by the Swansea man. Robson-Kanu. He has been penalised
for handball. I thought he shovelled it. Cristiano Ronaldo is fuming. He
thinks it was a foul. I have the say it looked like a free kick from
here. Got some of the ball, actually. A good tackle by Ashley
Williams. Wales will not mind that being part of the plan very early
on. Cristian Ira now though rattled. -- Cristiano Ronaldo rattled.
Collins steers it away from you know who. Coming across to take the flow.
Still pointing the finger and mumbling towards the referee.
Mario. Bruno Alvez. Picked ahead of, Leo. It is sensible. I think he has
got a bit more athleticism. In the back of the mind of the manager must
be the pace of Gareth Bale. Fonte. Giving Narnia chase. Williams
is across. -- Nani chase. I think that is why he has kept in in the
middle of the three. Renato Sanches. Portugal have to go back to come
forward. Guerreiro. Closed down by the ever willing Chris Gunter.
Gunter denied winning his 73rd, making him joint fifth on the
all-time Welsh list with Peter Nicholas and Ian Rush. Great name.
He is doing something they never got to do, starring in a major
championship. Renato Sanches. He might be a start to come in the
future. -- superstar. Ronaldo. Joao Mario. Collins can step across in
front of Guerreiro. Welsh goalkick. Cagey start. Both teams,
understandably so, getting a feel for it, knocking the ball around.
Not been a high press from either side. An easy way in on such a big
occasion. White normal. -- quite normal. Portugal managed against
Poland when they were behind after 100 seconds. I think I'm right to
say they came from behind in the game against Hungary as well. They
seem to start rather slowly. They have done the same again. They are
not trying to get on the front foot. They are just sitting in. Three
times against Hungary in this stadium. Wales of course had to do
it the hard way in their last round. Against Belgium. Gunter.
Robson-Kanu. He arguably scored the goal of the tournament and he is
spinning and turning and showing his skill once more. Bale. Gunter is
wide. Bale was only ever going to cut inside. Great play from
Robson-Kanu. Nice and strong. A good touch. What you want from a striker
early in the game. He has lost it. He lost it twice. He has recovered
this time. The referee has deemed that challenge a foul. Cristiano
Ronaldo Rinaldo has gone across to -- Cristiano Ronaldo has gone across
to take an issue with it and that is a booking. Definite booking, Joe
Allen. Sloppy. A bit nervous. Legs not going as quickly as your brain
is telling them. Sometimes on a big stage in a big game, I have been
there myself, he needs to sharpen up and play a bit quicker. He has been
absolutely mirthless in the games before this tournament. --
nerveless. Fonte. Before he could be blocked by
Bale. Safely back to Wayne Hennessey. A little bit of a fumble.
Gunter. Mets to be in Mexico tomorrow for his brother's wedding.
Not sure he is going to make it. As are his parents. I am sure they
understand. Biggest game of his life. There are some stories like
that around the Welsh camp. Joe Ledley has had to postpone his
wedding which was this weekend in IB that. Chris Coleman might this the
birth of his child. Incredible, isn't it? What a wonderful story for
these guys. There will be other weddings and other kids. There might
not be another semifinal. Neil Taylor missing a John say concert.
-- concert. Here is Guerreiro. Two balls on the pitch. They will have
two through the original in one small. -- have to throw. Here is
Renato Sanches. Scored a delicious equaliser against Poland. That is a
good cross. Wayne Hennessey stays back. James Collins did his work for
him. Joao Mario. Another good ball. Cristiano Ronaldo winding up for the
big one. It should be his again. And he is already showing that familiar
trait of being frustrated and wanting all about his own way. Maybe
he has a case with Collins wrapping his arm. Fantastic header. His arm
is on him a little bit. But brilliant. Sticking with your man
and making sure you are not beaten. Crucial.
Never been any doubt of Cristiano Ronaldo's talents, but he knows
every trick in the book and has written a couple of new chapters
B-sides. Forward by Pepe. Just a little bit too far in front of Andy
King. He makes terrific runs from the midfield area. If he keeps doing
that, he will get in. He is really good at timing those runs. Good
effort from Gareth. Fonts. Collins, saw that Bale was going.
Even he cannot catch that want to keep it in. It is OK. This is the
header again. He does get away with that little bit. What a leap.
Especially with Ronaldo's ability in the air. Crucial you stay close to
him when the ball is wide. You always catch your breath when his
arms are raised like that. He has to be careful. If the referee sees that
a few more times, he could punish him. Knocked down by Adrien Silva.
The midfielder has his cross blocked Azubuike Egwuekwe. -- King.
Cedric. Not his best cross. They have obviously talked about getting
crosses into the box. They have put more balls into the box in the first
12 minutes of this game than I have seen in any other game. It is a good
ploy when you have someone who can head the ball as good as Ronaldo in
there. Chris Gunter. Good spring from Bruno Alves to get above
Robson-Kanu. What an amazing story this has been as this tournament has
gone on. Wouldn't mind being his agent right now. He is in a great
position, but he deserves it. He works hard for the team. Two goals
here in France for his country, doubling what he has scored in 30
games. Only scored five for Reading last season.
It has helped he has had the calibre of players like Bale Aaron Ramsey
alongside him? Definitely, definitely. Ronaldo was
dispossessed. Hennessy, clear. Not the best or most confidence. Gareth
Bale was caught waiting for it, I allowed Adrien Silva in.
Tentative start from both teams. Nobody committing too many men
forward. Portugal making good progress in
knocking the ball around nicely. Ronaldo was fouled. The advantage
was signalled by the referee and it very nearly paid off for Portugal.
Best move of the game. Nice and patients. Joao Mario, just pulls the
shot wide, but a good passage of play from the Portuguese. Better.
Portugal are perennials in the semifinal, just about. They have
reached four of the last five championships. This is new territory
for anybody who has ever put on a Welsh shirt.
Bruno Alves. Must have had a bit of a shock when he looked up and saw
Hal Robson-Kanu was so close to him. Bale with the Little shift. Good run
from Gareth Bale. Nice and positive, but the birds time getting in behind
Fonte. He has to use that pays. It scares defenders all over the world.
Opportunity knocks for Wales. Ashley Williams, who headed them level
against Al Jim last time out. He comes, the captain to take his place
in the queue. Set pieces crucial for Wales. They have some big boys in
there. Something different! Bale! Caught nearly everybody out. Clever
corner from Wales. Couldn't quite wrap his foot around it. Have used
that one a few times myself. Catching the other team sleeping. I
think with the aerial power they have got, it is difficult to score
from the edge of the box when the ball is going away from you. Shows
the confidence in the team because of the work they have been doing.
Now Ronaldo has had to shake his head and apologise.
Chester. Nicely poked through to Joe Ledley. Good, patient build-up from
Wales. Good decision-making. Joe Allen had to think on his feet.
Bale. Good ball in! Didn't get the touch from Andy King. Nice feel to
the way Wales are going forward. Bale getting in behind using his
pace and power. Good run from Andy King. But much more positive.
There is the 18-year-old again. Raphael Guerreiro. Ronaldo. Bale,
skips past the Nilo, who dived in. Bale goes the goal. It is a shot on
target. Very comfortably saved by Rui Patricio. Bale is getting going.
Once you get him on his left foot, you expect a better strike than
Matt. Straight down the keeper's throat, but superb play again.
Collins, just got up high enough. Portugal corner. The game is
starting to fears. Bit more end to end. Good play again from James
Collins. One of its strengths in his own box, in the air. Joao Mario. It
wasn't the worst corner you will ever see. Nobody dared to attack it
and Hennessy didn't have to come for it. Doesn't quite capture it. Nice
and comfortable for the goalkeeper. Really positive run. Positive start,
by and large, from Wales. Ten goals at the tournament so far. Only
France more and that is due to the five they put past Iceland. You mean
anyone can score and put them past Iceland, is that what you are trying
to say? Not at all. Just one mention of England. Only one more UK team
has scored more than Wales at a major tournament and that was by Sir
Alf Ramsey's men in 1966. Nothing we have seen in the game so far has
suggested it will not happen. Clips it in nicely. Andy King lot in front
of Fonte and it was a good bit of defending to put it behind. Super
run from Hal Robson-Kanu. Andy King loves to get in the box. Three times
already he has got in, trying to get on the end of crosses. Might have
been an important deflection. Good defending. This looks like a
more straightforward corner from Joe Ledley. Taylor goes with him.
Excellent work by Taylor. Just to heavy out by Gunter. Portugal
through. -- Portugal thrown. Could not find Renato Sanches. He did not
give up on it. He has picked out Taylor. Looking for Ronaldo. Well
held, Hennessy. You can see that coming. You worry when a player is
trying to usher it out. I always used to say when I was playing, get
out, do not take the risk. We have seen it so many times, sneaking in.
With the ball and causing problems. Ashley Williams. Waiting for it. In
came Guerreiro. And back he goes once more. Ashley Williams is
holding his hand up and Gareth Bale is saying, why did you not chase
that? I agree with him. He should have gave it a chase. Was well
within his grasp. Maybe having a rest after that run we saw minutes
ago. Fonte. Bruno Alvez. Watch him when Portugal gets a free kick and a
corner, highest scoring defender in international history, ten
international goals. Good awareness from Ledley. The Bale. Gunter.
Solid stuff from Raphael Guerreiro. Helped out Danilo. Mario nosy has
got to go here. In he comes to sort it out for Wales. Adrien Silva. Joao
Mario. Renato Sanches. Looking for the
ball. Questioned by the French coach this
week. I think it is a condiment. So composed. -- compliment. On the ball
again. It bypassed Raphael Guerreiro. Wales clearing. They are
having to soak a little bit up now. Ronaldo. Raphael Guerreiro's cross
is met by Williams. King. Danilo. Soares lets fly and that is what the
ball does. Not the best effort. But he is capable. The Portuguese
supporters have been buoyed by the last couple of minutes, seeing their
team dominated possession in the Welsh half. I think one thing we can
be sure, there is nothing to fear from this side. They look more than
capable of opening the Portuguese out. The pace and positiveness of
Bale in the early stages. This time he is deeper. Looking for Andy King.
Ledley place it behind Gunter. -- plays it. Allen. Awkward for Bruno
Alvez, slightly. He does his job. Chester. 30 tentative minutes
played. Collins. Taylor. They all call for it. Taylor look instead to
the centre. Did not put his cross and there. That was poor from
Taylor. Just give the ball to the better players. Let them do it. Let
them create the chaos, make the magic.
The fans have warmed up their throats a little bit more. Getting
into full cry. Chris Coleman looks relaxed enough for now. I am sure if
it stays like this he will reemphasise his general message to
the players at half-time. No fear. Robson-Kanu. King. Here is Allen.
Renato Sanches. Always seems to be the Portugal player most willing to
receive. Looks full of confidence, full of running. Composure on the
ball as well. The young man. As really impressed me as the
tournament as regressed, his performances. -- has progressed.
Joao Mario. Nani. Adrien Silva. On for the shot. Just wanted it to be a
little bit tighter in front of him. Strong message from Fernando Santos
to the men in pale mint green. Can Renato Sanches show what he is
all about by taking penalty number two in the quarterfinal? Great
mentality. Ronaldo is not hanging back to number five these days after
what happened some years ago. Last semifinal of the Euros in
Donetsk, losing against Spain on penalties. 4-2. Ronaldo was waiting
for the moment and he never got the chance. Here he goes now. We are a
bit away from that tonight yet. Got that feel already. Kind of. A very
tight. Very even. As the game goes on you will see a bit of tiredness
and space. We might not get to extra time. Let's hope it improves a
little bit. Fonte. He wanted more movement in front of them. Joao
Mario obliges. That is going to move too far in front of Renato Sanches.
Perplexed expressions on Portuguese faces, not least his.
King. A foul. Free kick, Wales. Good feet, Andy King. He has done well.
He has got big shoes to fill this evening and has really done well. He
got himself in the box and made an impression. He only started nine of
Leicester's Premier League games last season. Hamstring injury. And
he could not get in. Such a group. -- grew.
Cedric Suarez. Danilo. It has moved away from him. And there is Fonte.
Looking for Ronaldo. Collins. He seemed to lose Ronaldo for a minute
but never lost sight of where the ball was going.
Chester. Joe Allen had a little glance. Adrien Silva was giving him
a bit of space this time. Allen. Robson-Kanu pulling away. The ball
towards is not accurate enough. He will cover and prevent the corner.
Ledley. Ledley. Taylor. Bale. Lost it. Nani
left it. Ronaldo returns. Might have a problem. They have got numbers
back. Renato Sanches to fire it in. Collins watched it. Good defending
again. That man, James Collins. Right place at the right time.
Danilo. Joao Mario. Renato Sanches. Ronaldo doesn't want
it. Even with his -- does want it. Even with his leap he is not going
to get there. Clattering right over the top of Hal Robson-Kanu. I do not
know why he does that, Ronaldo. This is the foul. No argument here.
Throws his arm up, looking at the bench, blaming people. Just using up
your energy for nothing. Get on with it. Just out of your picture he has
got a major comp on at the moment. There he is. He is back now.
Collins. King. I thought for one second he might just get there. He
did not manage it. Goalkick, Portugal. They are try to mix their
game. Try to get people on the diagonal with the long ball.
Sometimes they are playing short, building up. I like the variation in
the Welsh game. Not quite coming off for them yet. But very difficult to
play against a team mixing up their pace so well. With the exception of
Gareth Bale they are all British raised players. They are not looking
like a British team to watch tonight. They look like a
continental team the way they are knocking it around. They have done a
lot of hard work in training. You can see that from the movement, the
rotations, playing the system 3-5- two. They have to work on it and
they do. You can see that. Credit to Chris Coleman and his staff, of
course. They have been through the bad times to get to these lofty
heights. Trial three at the back with a qualifying match against
Andorra, almost winning from a late Gareth Bale free kick. Only winning
14 competitive games since but almost scrapped before they started.
So was Chris Coleman. He had a tough time and he got a bit of stick. Some
patience and perseverance and look where they are today. Unbelievable.
It is a game of patience and perseverance. Renato Sanches did not
show any here. Portugal are the taking. Hal
Robson-Kanu. To grips with Danilo. Raphael Guerreiro, found some space.
Ronaldo was quickly closed by Collins. Superb again. Spots danger,
get out quickly and get the block. Hasn't put a foot wrong, yet.
Joao Mario, gives the signal. Bruno Alves at the back. That was always
the keeper's. Missed the first game with an injury, but so many of these
Wales players have grown. James Chester hardly got a looking at West
Brom. But nailed it in France for their country. And for those people.
Sometimes you find a formula that works for a certain group of
players. Definitely worked for the Welsh. Taylor. That should be really
open should cheer with ease. -- Rui Patricio. Waiting for Wales to make
the first big thing in the game. Nani stumbles. Chester with the tap
out. Hal Robson-Kanu. Not enough room for that to work. Danilo.
Raphael Guerreiro. Adrien Silva. That's the best cross of the match.
Ronaldo on the end of it, unable to finish it. That is what we are
talking about, crosses into the box. Chester just is enough to put him
off. You expect Ronaldo 2-hit the target from there. Warning sign for
the Welsh. James Chester, Manchester United junior when Cristiano Ronaldo
was strutting his stuff at Old Trafford.
They have had a flash each, Ronaldo and Bale, but the superstars haven't
really sparkled. I think Bale has been the best. Ronaldo has had
threats, but Bale has been getting in behind. No great excitement in
the first half. I think the game has been played pretty much as expected
at this time. Tentative and many nerves flying around. It is as we
were at the start. It will carry on, I am sure in a similar pattern, for
the second half. It was always going to be a game of
fine margins. It is still perfectly balanced. One mistake wins it. One
moment of brilliance wins it. No changes made by either coach to
their systems or personnel on the field for the restart.
Quite content, is probably the feeling all round. Nothing
electrifying. You are right, there is a definite pattern in the game
and both managers will be reasonably pleased. No one dominating, both
having a few chances. But you expect the game to be upped in the second
half, the tempo. Passing and running forward. It is a semifinal and if
you want to play in the final, you have to earn it. You can see in the
movement, there is the natural adrenaline boost the start of a half
brings. A little bit more busy, everybody.
It is the first 40 James Collins has put wrong. Hardly a mistake. --
Fortt. Bale, allowed the ball to drift and
gave himself a head start on Danilo. Well retrieved by James Chester.
You would expect Wales to make a change at a roundabout the hour
mark. Joe Ledley usually comes off. Don't forget he is recovering from
his season-ending injury, a broken leg at the end of May. No foul.
Given away by the Young man. Had done the hard work, nice and
tenacious and then a sloppy pass. Williams just asked a little bit too
much of Bale with that. Missing Aaron Ramsey, Danny? Yes, because he
is a quality footballer. When you are sat watching a game of football
and you want your team to win and you cannot contribute, you end up
more nervous than when you are on the pitch. Enough to turn your hair
white! I don't have that problem, as you well know. Free for Portugal.
Joe Allen, who was scrapping. Adrian Silber fell at his feet. Joe Allen
has to be careful about how he goes in. -- Adrien Silva.
It is headed behind for a corner. Came and counterclaim. The defending
by Andy King. Across and Ronaldo has met it. What
a leap! He has picked his moment, found his spot. Wales trail. And it
is one of the superstars who has made his mark on this semifinal.
What a jump that was. Incredible leap. First half he had been in the
same position a few times and Wales had managed to defend it. Watch this
for a leap! Unbelievable. That is why he is one of the best players in
the world. Big moments, big players. What a goal! It is past Wayne
Hennessey before he can get a glove to it. It is Pepe who celebrates
with the biggest smile of all. Cristiano Ronaldo, with his ninth
European Championship finals goal. It is a joint record with the great
Michel Platini. They change the angle of the corner to suit him and
it worked. They happened so many balls in the box 's tonight,
Portugal. Ronaldo has been saying to them get more balls in the box, give
me the opportunity. You will cause problems, you can't keep getting the
first head to the ball. He is going to get one. Now the game has to come
alive from a Wales points of view. They have come from behind before,
they have shown character, they have shown spirit. Gareth Bale has to
rise and respond. This will be loaded or somebody else. The
goalkeeper won it. It really is a time for no fear. Taylor. Portugal
in the position they like to be in. All eight of their competitive
victories under Fernando Santos have been achieved by a single goal. When
you go a goal up, you shouldn't back off, get deep and protect what you
have got because you are so desperate to go through. It is
difficult to change that mentality and stay on the front foot.
Ronaldo once again. It is turned past Hennessey. Finished off by
Nani. On the slide to move Portugal closer to Paris. It looks as though
Wales are sliding out. Two, quickfire Portuguese goals with a
Manchester United connection. Wales, in trouble. Good header from
Chester. Ronaldo Scots his shots, but he is onside. Good reaction from
Nani. They do have a mountain to climb now, Wales. So disappointing.
A man we mainly know as Wenger showing a striker's instinct. Read
it, met it, scored it. Wales now have to throw absolutely
every bit of spirits they have got at the Portuguese defence. Test
those men of war. The first test they will face is a
Gareth Bale delivery, once a very innocent looking Ronaldo and Joe
Ledley receive their words. It was not Gareth Bale's best when
it needed to be. A long time left in this game. One goal and they are
right back in it. They have to stay patient and also try and play a bit
higher up the pitch Tom Okker gradually moving forward as a team
together and start pressing a little bit higher a bit more punch and
power in attack. Full. Plenty of time for Bruno Alvez.
He helps it on. Could not do anything with it. Collins now.
Allen. Gave Raphael Guerreiro at the slip. Gareth Bale has two play
higher up the page. He keeps coming deep. He has two stay high and get
the ball up the pitch where he can go at people and get people
one-on-one. All that noise in the stadium is Portuguese. I am
surprised by how few Portuguese fans are here, if I am honest. Semifinal
of a big competition. They are looking mighty good at the moment.
So often the bridesmaids and never the bride at these big tournaments.
Looks like they are off to another wedding. Not a lot of pressure on
the ball right now for Cedric Suarez. Renato Sanches is caught by
Taylor. He is going to be caught up with by the referee, I think,
Taylor. You have got to start trying to ruffle some feathers. I do not
mind that. Get into them. Make some tackles. Upset them. Try and play
higher up the pitch. Got to take a risk. He has not been carded for it.
Joe Ledley's number is up. He has done his customary power shift, they
are. And on comes Burnley's Sam Vokes, who headed the third against
Belgium in the last round. That is the header which has made the big
difference tonight. That is the head which often makes a difference. It
is a world-class header from a world-class player. Everything about
it. Timing, execution, it is all there. It is the incredible... I
will say it again, the athleticism of the man. The spring, desire to
get up and head it. He must look after himself so well. We know he
does. He chooses his moments. Which means he looks after himself very
well off the pitch. The top players do. Just 51 goals last season. Ten
down on the previous year. There was a spell I was reading about the
latter stages of the season about how tired he was and he was not
contributing. But 51 goals in a season is remarkable in itself.
Incredible. Hungary managed to score three against Portugal on this
pitch. Maybe Wales can as well. Just getting one is a big barrier to
break down now. Portugal are bringing out one of their best
displays of the tournament in this semifinal, as they get closer and
closer. Foul from Robson-Kanu. Portugal free kick. Do not mind that
from Gareth Bale. Try and get after the ball and put pressure on the
back players. On Portugal. Cedric. Hennessy away. Vokes. That is what
he is on for. Allen. Taylor. Not open enough. Renato
Sanches. Coming back with him. Williams. Good play from Bale. Nice
and strong on his run, winning the ball back for his team. He was
looking for Vokes. He was arm in arm. With Bruno Alvez. Making it
clear to the pair of them that they saw it.
Renato Sanches. Well watched and good reading by Chester. He has to
move quickly again. He had to be quick. Coming into block, Ronaldo.
Williams gets on with the game quickly. Bale. Through to Vokes.
Vokes has brought it down. It is a very good bit of defending from the
experienced Bruno Alvez. A chance, that. Through to Vokes. Could not
quite control it. This is the danger for Wales. The more they go forward,
the more Ronaldo can hit them on the break and draw kicks like that. He
is going to get booked for that. Ronaldo is in full flow here. He has
done him. Yes, the yellow card is fair. Just does enough, Bruno Alvez.
Sam Vokes could not do any more. No. For this, if there is to be another
goal in the game, it is vital Wales get it. In Portugal score again it
is game over. They have the advantage now. They can put some
more men on the ball and play the counter, of course. Or Raffaele Riva
Road? Left footed option here. It is going to be Ronaldo. It was not far
away. Starting to enjoy his football again. That is as good a free kick
as we have seen in this tournament. It had movement and it was dipping.
What a strike that is. No Glory game for Hal Robson-Kanu tonight. The
Welsh number nine is off. His stock has risen considerably. On comes a
Simon Church. Only his second appearance in this accommodation. --
competition. After a late score in a March friendly, it is about time I
did something with my career. Here is the time. Would not be a bad
time, would it? Touch for church. Allen. From Joao Mario. He's done
well tonight. Best I have seen him. I have criticised him a little bit.
He has flattered to deceive and been a bit wasteful but much better with
the ball tonight. He is giving the defenders something to do here.
Bale. Chester. Could not jump. Not... All the way to the gloves of
Rui Patricio. Portuguese scarves are in the air.
Chester. King. Allen. Did not have that much time with Ronaldo about.
Joao Mario. Very good run. Renato Sanches. Nani. He is going to have a
go. Spilled it. That could easily have rocketed straight back in from
Joao Mario. Should have scored. It all started from, guess what?
Ronaldo running the ball back from Joe Allen. Can't say I have seen
that many times before. He has spilled it, Hennessy. You can see
the movement. Taking a little nick from Chester. That should be hitting
the target. Chris Coleman has pressed the button. It is all or
nothing for Wales. It has to be. Third change made in quick
succession. Away goes James Collins. Leaving the field for the busy Jonny
Williams to come on. And try and have a 25 minutes of his playing
life. All nothing. -- all or nothing. Ashley Williams. Bale.
Forced to take the long way around. Vokes with the header! Looks from
the referee. Does not think he was impeded? Things he was impeded. Jose
Rondon grabbing a whole. -- Joe say Fontaine. Just taking it back a
little bit. A good switch out wide and a good ball in. He has claimed
elbow. This is the space where Southampton meet Burnley when the
Premier League resumes. -- watch this space when Southampton meet
Burnley. Wales somehow need to sum up the
spirit of Dylan Thomas here. Do not go gentle into that good night. They
have got to rage against the dying of the light. It is. It is fading
fast for them. There cannot be anything gentle about their play
from here on in. Gunter with the foul. Can they find the energy? And
the legs to get after Portugal when they are knocking it around and
wasting time? Can they find the legs to get forward and get into the box?
Can they find a quality to get back into the game? At the moment it is
looking unlikely. Still a quarter of its to go. Neil Taylor. If it is
going to be done if will be done by those on the field now. Bale.
Gunter. He has done well with it. The cross is too high. Wales are not
done with the attack, however. Bale. Taylor is not going to get to it and
Gareth Bale rubs his head. Annoyed with him self. -- himself. Was
actually a good switch in play. A better ball in the box would have
given the two strikers, Vokes and Church a chance to attack. Just
hitting the cross. That was good from Taylor. He
hounded Joao Mario. Support from Jonny Williams. Renato Sanches. Nani
is running down the middle. Joao Mario. Ronaldo is waiting. It is
deflected, it will be a corner. Wayne Hennessey couldn't stop the
ball from going over the line. Again it was a Nani just seeing Ronaldo
peal of from the back, trying to get across in.
The additional assistance couldn't have been better placed. He was the
one who signalled for the corner. It is a Joao Mario corner. It will have
to be taken again. Bruno Alves is getting a talking to.
Danilo, is the play of the referee wants to have serious words with.
Portugal get another go at it. They are one good delivery and had away
from the final, effectively. Definitely. It is a good header.
Just too close to Hennessey that time. Yellow card for Bruno Alves.
Not sure you want Gareth Bale getting the ball of your goalkeeper.
Roy of the Rovers, stay up there. Portugal, on top. Very well drilled
in keeping out opposition attacks. Williams. Fouled. Ronaldo again with
his desire to win the ball. Yellow card. Wasn't the tackle, it was the
petulance. Sometimes it's the look on his face. He is going to be the
one with the last laugh tonight, as things stand. Good all in, but
Chester could do a lot with it. Off the top of his head. Header from
Fonte, comfortable save for Hennessey.
There is a defiant chance of Don't Take Me Home from the Wales fans at
the moment. But back to work beckons. It is a Green charge.
Renato Sanches has Chester backing away. He lost his balance, he was
falling as he hit it. We know about Nani, we know about Ronaldo, they
have a third man now. He is very good at running with the ball.
Sometimes he does make the right decisions, which is normal when you
are Young player and learning. But he has the energy and the ability to
go past people. Off he goes for Andrei Gomes to take over for the
rest of the game. No surprise Bayern Munich have got themselves another
good player for the forthcoming season. He has got to go some to get
in their team, but he is a good prospect. He can be happy with his
evening's work. Talent beyond his years. No way through.
Church trying to get there, but he was all over the back of Cedric
Soares. Little nudge. Silly. They have got to try and find a chance,
set play, whatever it takes to get back in this game. Still time. They
have scored in every game they have played in this competition, until
tonight. Williams, trying to do too much.
Bale tried to do too much. Two targets to aim for now. Chris Gunter
arriving. Sam Vokes couldn't climb, he was prevented from doing so. Joao
Mario. Neat and tidy from Cedric and Ronaldo.
It was a good ball in from Chris Gunter, I have to say. Have to get
Gareth Bale in the box when the crosses are going in because he can
do what Ronaldo can do. Scored more goals than anyone else in the league
last season. Straight down the barrel but the goalkeeper. It sat up
and backed for Bale. Decent strike from there.
Adrien Silva has worked plenty in the midfield. Ronaldo has seen Joao
Mario is coming. Andre Gomes was already there. Ronaldo... Straight
against Taylor. Taylor winced and stretched, and isn't in a rush to
get back up after that one. I think the wind was taken out of him. Yes,
it was. Joao Mario wasn't pleased with Ronaldo but taking on the
shaft. At least he gets to take corners. Ronaldo will try to be on
the end of it. Fonte is trying to attack it. Danilo wandering through
and Hennessey just keeps it out. It was Bale running out of his own
third, trying to make things happen. You cannot run the whole length of
the pitch. You have to pass the ball. Taylor. That was well won by
Sam Vokes. But that was behind Church. The Portugal change is
happening. Joao Moutinho is coming on. He has put in a good shift,
Adrien Silva. Has been under the radar with all of the superstars. He
and Ricardo Carvalho had a terrible experience at the end of last
season, they lost 6-1 DeLeon. Tipped to be returning to Porto in the
weeks ahead. This was the moment it was nearly all over. Come off his
back as he saved it. Did well to recover. Nani's slide not quite as
effective this time. Chester. Just over ten minutes to go. Those Welsh
players have given everything in this competition and they have to
give it a little bit more. That was swerving. That was away from
Patricio. Bale's best effort yet. Taylor.
Just a moment like that. If the next one beats Patricio, it is all on
again for the Welsh. It was a good strike from Gareth Bale. Mice and
confident, had more movement. The keeper did well. Chester.
Ashley Williams is wondering forward to be an extra forward whenever he
can now. Why not? Bale. Only out as far as Ashley Williams.
Block by his own man. Sam Vokes couldn't get out of the way. I think
it was Sam Vokes. Good all in fon Williams. Great header from Bruno
Alves. I don't think it was going in. Gareth Bale, see the movement on
the ball. Unbelievable technique. Decent save. Very quietly, Patricio
has been one of the standout goalkeepers of the competition.
Never better than the penalty save that one member shoot out. Full
stretch to his left. -- won them the shoot out. Keeping out everything
Wales can throw at him at the moment. Bale skipped over Joao
Mario. However much or little contact there was, the free kick is
right. He was caught. If anyone can, anyone can. We have seen him do it
from about this range, twice at this tournament. Might need a helping
hand from the goalkeeper. Time he made a mistake. And we have seen
that happen to rise from a Gareth Bale free kick. Might have another
go. That looked a foul to me. It was shoulder to shoulder. Nani has got a
lot braver. Nani has had a good game and has
scored the goal that seems to have sealed Portugal's plays in the final
of the 2016 European Championship. It looks that way. Nani has been
more reliable with his ball retention. Worked hard. Quite
performance. Can see why Valencia has paid just over ?7 million to get
him from than about you. And why Mark Hughes wanted him. Oak. --
Finne batch. I have been to Valencia and I have
been to stoke. Hand? I am with Nani. I have been to Stoke regularly over
the course of the season and never had anything but a splendid time.
Wayne Hennessey. I have to say that. I know you do. I am already
unpopular there, so it doesn't matter.
Raphael Guerreiro is showing us the range. Andrei Gomes. Strong enough
to hold off the challenge. It is in towards Ronaldo. He evaded
Hennessey, but the angle was too tight. I think he lost his bearings.
Super play from Gomes to set him away.
The Dragon's fire is in Gareth Bale now, but there needs to be more than
that. Takes it too far round Hennessey. Final Portugal change.
Nani is going. He has been terrific. Six goals in his last 13
international appearances. And the last three at Euro 2016.
And on will, Ricardo Quaresma. He has had a pretty good time to. --
and on will come. He loses the ball. Chester. Bale. 2- Taylor. -- it is
too high for Taylor. You cannot knock the effort and determination
every world player has put in. It does not seem to be enough in this
pressure situation for them. I agree. I think they will be
disappointed. The first goal was a set play. They worked long and hard
on those. They know the talent in the air of Ronaldo. Split second
lack of concentration. Then you are climbing a mountain. He gets it away
from Vokes. Ronaldo. Bursting down the middle. Chester winning the ball
for Wales. Starting the figurehead to the final, Germany or France. A
big talking point about this Portuguese team was their ageing
defence, as they are weak point. It looks to be one of their strongest
points. I think tonight they have defended well. In the game with
hungry they showed real vulnerability. -- Hungary. Gives it
away. Danilo dropping back to defend. Cedric was caught high by
Gareth Bale. He will go in the book. He's going to apologise. Well, I
wouldn't. Cedric went over about six yards after hitting him. It is a
foul. It is a foul, for sure. 2-0 down in a semifinal. I would not be
apologising. That is just me. The Portuguese fans are starting
their celebration. There is a spirit in response from the Welsh fans. The
chancing will go on to the end. -- chancing will stop -- that shan't
will go on to the end. -- chant. Ronaldo holding on. Moutinho.
Tormenting Neil Taylor and beating him. Not totally. Corner. The second
is ticking away. 90 minutes now. We have not had many stoppages in play.
Listen to that ringing around the ground. One last impassioned burst
of land of my Fathers. Quaresma's corner. Wayne Hennessey will launch
it. Portuguese goalkick. Bale tries to make them hurry. They are nearly
there. Portugal are very nearly in the final. Three more minutes left.
For the Wales adventure. They are getting around, these Welsh fans.
They are having a party come what may. They have been a credit to
their country, the supporters. As has the team. They can all be very
proud of what they have achieved, this Welsh squad. When they look
back in weeks, months and years to come at this, they will realise what
they have done and how proud they should be. Tonight will be
devastating for them because they would truly have believed they could
have won it after beating Belgium, for sure. Ashley Williams. Church.
Covered by Bruno Alvez. Andre Gomes. Joao Mario. He does have options. It
is behind Ronaldo but he has retrieved it anyway. Ricardo
Quaresma. Ingo Joe Allen. -- in goes. Let's hope the referee is
sympathetic. Just a free kick, I think. That might have been a card
if Allen had not already got one. I think so. Just frustration. Ten
seconds there, from Quaresma. A defined noise from behind the goal.
The goal but Ronaldo would want to test one last time before his work
is done for the night. What a edition for one of the greatest --
what a possession for one of the greatest in the world. Inhalation of
breath. And right on cue, pinned straight against the solid Welsh
wall. Stayed really told. -- really tall. Ronaldo has been sensational.
Never seen him work so hard for the team. When it mattered he produced a
magical moment. Bale. His magic touch has just deserted him. You
cannot fault the commitment. As he hurls it up again towards Vokes.
Church. Bale. Ricardo Quaresma is back. Stout stuff from Cedric
Suarez. Taylor. Ashley Williams. Joe Allen. Just cannot turn and get a
shot on goal. It is all over. It is all over for Wales. Portugal will be
in Paris on Sunday. And on the night's game they thoroughly
deserved their place in the showpiece event. It is a second
European ship in chip final for a nation which has so often promised
but has yet to deliver. Maybe this is now. For Wales, this is only the
end of one story. The country's greatest year with the round ball.
And in years to come, thousands upon thousands will be able to fondly say
that I was there. Portugal's night to night and it might be their
championship. Portugal, two and Wales, nil.
Reggie Yates is joining the Mexican army.
It can't be that safe if everybody is...this armed.
You could probably get shot at. Get shot at, OK.