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Euro 2016 • Semifinal
  • 2nd Half
  • Portugal
  • Wales
  • Bale
    88'
  • NaniQuaresma
    86'
  • SilvaMoutinho
    79'
  • SanchesGomes
    74'
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    72'
  • Alves
    71'
  • CollinsWilliams
    66'
  • Robson-KanuChurch
    63'
  • Chester
    62'
  • LedleyVokes
    58'
  • Nani
    53'
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    50'
  • 1st Half
  • Portugal
  • Wales
  • Allen
    8'
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Tom Bennett
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The final whistle goes and Cristiano Ronaldo screams to the heavens in celebration. Portugal are into the final of the European Championship, thanks in no small part to the efforts of their star man tonight. The Wales players are down on their haunches, with some breaking down in tears at the disappointment of it all, but it's hard to argue with the result on the night. In Lyon it finishes Wales 0, Portugal 2.

  • End of 2nd Half
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Beep, beep, beeeep!

92' 

There's no cherry on top for Ronaldo, whose free-kick efforts cannons into the Welsh wall. This game is all over, with Portugal heading through to the final and Wales leaving the tournament with their heads held high.

91' 

Allen gives away a foul on the edge of the area and is fortunate to escape a second yellow. That's kind officiating from the ref.

90'

There will be three minutes of added time, during which Wales need to find two goals. The travelling Welsh fans are in fine voice, but they are saying goodbye rather than offering up vain hope of a comeback.

89' 

Ronaldo toys with his full-back before teasing a pass through to Moutinho, who in turn finds Quaresma. Wales aren't able to get hold of the ball, let alone find two goals to force extra-time.

  • Gareth Bale
    Yellow cardGareth BaleWalesA high boot from Bale shows his frustration and he earns a yellow card for his troubles.
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88' 

A high boot from Bale shows his frustration and he earns a yellow card for his troubles.

87'

And this fortuitous flick has left Wales needing something spectacular in the remaining few minutes:

87'

This moment of brilliance is what put Portugal in their dominant position:

  • Ricardo Quaresma
    OffNaniPortugalNani has been good tonight and gets a deserved rest ahead of what looks likely to be a start in Sunday's final in Paris.
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  • Ricardo Quaresma
    OnRicardo QuaresmaPortugal
86' 

Nani has been good tonight and gets a deserved rest ahead of what looks likely to be a start in Sunday's final in Paris.

85' 

Ronaldo gets in behind the Wales defence and rounds the goalkeeper, but the angle is extremely tight and he can only find the side-netting.

84' 

Bale's free-kick crashed into the wall and hope is beginning to fade for Wales.

  • João Moutinho
    OffAdrien SilvaPortugalMoutinho snuck on for Portugal a few moments ago - the perfect player to see out this sort of game.
    TodayFouls1Fouls against1Wide1
  • João Moutinho
    OnJoão MoutinhoPortugal
83' 

Moutinho snuck on for Portugal a few moments ago - the perfect player to see out this sort of game.

82' 

Bale is felled and the free-kick is in shooting range for the first time.

81' 

Vokes can't get out of the way of Ashley Williams' shot, but it wasn't on target so the defender lets his team-mate off.

80'

A stunning strike by Bale fizzes towards the Portugal goal and draws an excellent save out of Patricio.

79' 

Nani tried to force Hennessey over the line with the ball in his grasp, but the keeper was having none of it.

78'

Wales give the ball away and Danilo has a great chance to make it 3-0. Hennessey makes the save, but it trickles through his legs and forces the stopper into a moment of panic to prevent Nani bundling the loose ball over the line.

77'
76'

Bale has a go from range as the ball drops nicely on to his left foot, but it's a comfortable save once again for the keeper.

75' 

Gunter whips in an excellent cross, but none of a string of black-shirted Welsh players can get on the end of it.

  • André Gomes
    OffRenato SanchesPortugalSanches makes way after another stylish display. He's quite the talent this boy.
    TodayFouls1Fouls against2Wide1
  • André Gomes
    OnAndré GomesPortugal
74' 

Sanches makes way after another stylish display. He's quite the talent this boy.

74' 

Portugal break and Renato Sanches lets fly after gliding up to the edge of the box. He's a terrific player, but his shot isn't the best...

73' 

Bale's free-kick is met by the head of Chester, but he can't keep his effort down.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    Yellow cardCristiano RonaldoPortugalA huge cheer greeted that booking for Ronaldo's cynical challenge in midfield.
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72' 

A huge cheer greeted that booking for Ronaldo's cynical challenge in midfield.

  • Bruno Alves
    Yellow cardBruno AlvesPortugalIt's a needless booking for Alves, who prevents Hennessey from clearing the ball quickly.
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71' 

It's a needless booking for Alves, who prevents Hennessey from clearing the ball quickly.

70' 

It's the Portugal fans who are making all the noise in Lyon right now, and who can blame them. They are 2-0 up in a European semi-final - this is truly a moment to savour.

68' 

Bale curls in a great cross, but nobody can quite get onto the end of it.

  • Jonny Williams
    OffJames CollinsWalesWilliams is Wales' final replacement. To be fair to Chris Coleman, that's a brave set of substitutions.
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  • Jonny Williams
    OnJonny WilliamsWales
66' 

Williams is Wales' final replacement. To be fair to Chris Coleman, that's a brave set of substitutions.

65' 

Nani's shot is parried straight out into the danger area by Hennessey, but Joao Mario can't hit the target on the follow-up. That should have been 3-0 and game over.

  • Simon Church
    OffHal Robson-KanuWalesRobson-Kanu's night is over, but is that the last we'll see of him in the tournament?
    TodayFouls2Fouls against2
  • Simon Church
    OnSimon ChurchWales
63' 

Robson-Kanu's night is over, but is that the last we'll see of him in the tournament?

63' 

Bale whips in a free-kick cross, but it's too close to the keeper and he shouts out in anguish. This isn't how tonight was supposed to go for Bale.

63'

Ronaldo takes a pop at goal from a free-kick (of course he does), but this time it's a decent hit and skims the crossbar on its way over.

  • James Chester
    Yellow cardJames ChesterWalesThe Wales central defender is the latest Welsh player to go into the book.
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62' 

The Wales central defender is the latest Welsh player to go into the book.

60' 

Bale threads a clever pass in to Vokes, but the striker isn't able to bring the ball down off his chest in time to get a shot away.

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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal

Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after scoring the team's first goal during the Euro 2016 semi-final football match between Portugal and Wales at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Décines-Charpieu, near Lyon, on July 6, 2016
59' 

There's still plenty of time left for Wales, but the next goal is absolutely key. 3-0 will surely be too much at this stage.

  • Sam Vokes
    OffJoe LedleyWalesWales make a very attacking change, bringing on a striker for their holding midfielder. Portugal will be able to play on the break now, so it's a dangerous move, but it's all or nothing for Coleman and his boys.
    TodayCorners2
  • Sam Vokes
    OnSam VokesWales
58' 

Wales make a very attacking change, bringing on a striker for their holding midfielder. Portugal will be able to play on the break now, so it's a dangerous move, but it's all or nothing for Coleman and his boys.

56' 

Wales have not been two goals behind prior to this moment at Euro 2016 and Chris Coleman is going to have to pull a rabbit out of the hat to keep his title dream alive.

55'
54' 

It wasn't intentional, but that mis-hit shot by Ronaldo fell perfectly for Nani to poke past a wrong-footed Hennessey. That's a goal and an assist in a matter of seconds for Cristiano.

  • Nani
    GoalNaniPortugalGOOOAAALLL!!! Nani makes it 2-0, beating the offside trap and poking home a sliced shot from distance by Ronaldo.
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53' 

GOOOAAALLL!!! Nani makes it 2-0, beating the offside trap and poking home a sliced shot from distance by Ronaldo.

52' 

Wales look to hit back immediately, but Bale's clipped free-kick is punched away.

51' 

That was a truly breathtaking piece of athleticism from Ronaldo. Towering above the defenders before generating huge amounts of power with his header, it looked as if he was a different species to the players around him. Sensational.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    GoalCristiano RonaldoPortugalGOOOAAALLL!!! It's a thumping header from Ronaldo, who generates incredible power from the corner to leave the keeper with no chance. 1-0 Portugal.
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50' 

GOOOAAALLL!!! It's a thumping header from Ronaldo, who generates incredible power from the corner to leave the keeper with no chance. 1-0 Portugal.

49' 

King does well to head a dangerous free-kick cross behind for a corner.

48' 

Joe Allen makes a sloppy foul in midfield. He's already been booked, remember, and the Liverpool man is going to have to be very, very careful.

47' 

Chester shows impressive upper body strength to ease Sanches off the ball when the midfielder looked the favourite to emerge from a challenge with the ball.

  • 2nd Half
46' 

Portugal get the game back underway with neither side making any changes.

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  • End of 1st Half
45' 

The half-time whistle goes to bring the half to an end without a second of added time.

44'

Ronaldo gets his first big chance, leaping like a salmon at the back stick and heading marginally over the bar. That was astonishing athleticism by Ronaldo to hang in the air and make contact with that cross, let alone get power on his effort.

43'
42' 

A floated corner causes panic in the Wales box as Hennessey hesitates, but his defenders bail him out by keeping Ronaldo shackled.

40' 

Is it too early to say it? This feels a bit like penalties.

39' 

To say this is "evenly-balanced" is an understatement. There's absolutely nothing to separate the two teams.

38' 

Portugal have made a bit of a habit of playing like this - they've only been ahead for 20 minutes in the whole of the tournament and are yet to win a game in normal time.

36' 

The Wales fans are in fine voice, no doubt encouraged with how comfortable their team are looking against Ronaldo and co.

35' 

If you want to remember what Euro 2016 was like in a few years' time, dig out the recording of this first half. It's been tactically interesting but painfully short of clear-cut chances.

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Gareth Bales carries the ball forward at pace

Wales' forward Gareth Bale (L) and Portugal's midfielder Danilo Pereira vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 semi-final football match between Portugal and Wales at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Décines-Charpieu, near Lyon, on July 6, 2016.
33' 

Bale has been marginally better than Ronaldo so far, but the two stars are being closely marked and space is at a premium.

32' 

And no, this isn't the Andy King fan blog. It's just that he's doing such a good job in place of Ramsey that he deserves the mentions.

31' 

King is finding plenty of space off the back of the Portugal defenders, with the opposing back-line understandably more concerned about Bale and Robson-Kanu. There will be a decent chance coming for Leicester' all-time record goalscoring midfielder.

30'
28' 

King does superbly again to chest back a long ball forward, but Robson-Kanu isn't able to take advantage.

26' 

This is a fascinatingly balanced game. Both teams have had reasons to feel positive, but it remains 0-0 with the half-hour mark approaching.

25' 

Sanches shows the sort of class that attracted Europe's top clubs with a gliding run that causes panic in the Wales defence. There's little support up with him and he's not capable of beating the whole Welsh back-line on his own, but that's a timely warning that Wales are up against some seriously talented players this evening.

24' 

The effort took a deflection and the corner comes to nothing, but it's yet more encouragement for Wales.

23'

King clears the bar after doing brilliantly to get on the end of a ball into the box. That's twice the Leicester man has found himself some space inside the area with his cleverly-timed late runs.

22'

Like a Rolex, fizzing like Moët?

21'

Wales break and it's Bale on the ball. He cuts inside on to his left foot and goes for goal rather than look for one of the two players up with him, but the powerfully-struck shot is straight at the keeper. The options either side of Bale were well covered, but he'd have hoped to have done better with the shot in that sort of position.

20' 

Bale skims outside two Portugal defenders (one of whom is Ronaldo) and slides in a low cross, but King can't quite get on the end of it and the goalkeeper snaps it up.

19' 

Chris Coleman will be reasonably pleased with what he's seen so far. Wales have more or less kept Portugal's best players quiet and have enjoyed a fair bit of possession in the centre of the park.

18'

The corner picks out the run of Bale across the edge of the box, but it's a tricky skill to whip a shot virtually behind him at full pace and the Real Madrid man's effort fizzes narrowly wide.

17' 

Bale gets his first run at the Portugal defence and wins his team a corner.

16'
15' 

Joao Mario has the first sight of goal but drags his shot wide of the far post from the edge of the box. That's more like it!

13' 

The fear with these two tactical teams was that we could get a slightly slow game and that is looking worryingly true at the moment. Neither side have been able to test the opposing goalkeeper of yet.

11' 

Portugal are playing quite narrow in midfield, but so far Wales haven't been able to get their full-backs outside them.

10'
9' 

Renato Sanches shows his class with a nice cross in towards Ronaldo, but Collins eases him off the ball and Ronaldo fails to make contact with an overhead kick as a follow-up cross comes in.

  • Joe Allen
    Yellow cardJoe AllenWalesAllen is the first player into the book for a late challenge in central midfield. That leaves the Liverpool man in a perilous position with so much time left to play against Portugal's tricky attacking midfielders.
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8' 

Allen is the first player into the book for a late challenge in central midfield. That leaves the Liverpool man in a perilous position with so much time left to play against Portugal's tricky attacking midfielders.

6' 

A wonderful turn by Robson-Kanu draws a roar of appreciation from the Welsh fans. The former Reading forward is in fine form and has been the standout player on the park in the opening few minutes of the game.

4' 

It's been a cagey start, with the two teams testing each other out and not taking too many risks. This could be a slow first half if we don't get an early goal, with both Wales and Portugal more comfortable sitting off and inviting the other team to make the running.

3' 

A brace of dubious decisions get both sets of fans riled up. First Ronaldo is felled by an Ashley Williams challenge that was only just considered legal, and then Robson-Kanu is pulled up for a push on Fonte despite the Southampton centre-back handling the ball just moments earlier.

2' 

Wales start the game brightly with King flicking a cross in the direction of Wales. It doesn’t quite sit for the Real Madrid man, but that’s an encouraging start by the underdogs.

  • 1st Half
1' 

Wales get the game underway, kitted out in their charcoal-grey kit. Portugal line up in their white/mint change strip.

19:55
19:55 

The players emerge into the late evening sunshine in Lyon. It's anthem time!!!

19:55

And tonight sees yet another record broken by Ronaldo. He must be getting sick of breaking them...

19:50 

Kick-off is just ten minutes away and the atmosphere is building... except for the moment that the Wales fans stubbornly – and brilliantly – refused to join in with the stadium announcer's orchestrated Mexican wave.

19:45 
 
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Portugal fans wait for the start of the Euro 2016 semi-final football match between Portugal and Wales at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais

Portugal fans wait for the start of the Euro 2016 semi-final football match between Portugal and Wales at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Décines-Charpieu, near Lyon, on July 6, 2016
19:40

This may be the biggest game in the history of the Welsh national team. But it is definitely the biggest night of Eurosport's Ben Snowball's life:

19:35 

This is the biggest night in Wales' history and they are going into it without one of the players of the tournament - Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey. But they still have Gareth Bale and he will be very interested by the space Portugal have left ahead of their full-backs so far in this tournament.

19:30 

Half an hour in and I haven't mentioned Cristiano Ronaldo yet. That's a sign of how little he influenced Portugal in their win over Switzerland, but CR7 (urgh!) doesn't stay quiet for two games in a row all that often. Can Wales' back five deal with him tonight?

19:25

That's it settled then, Nelson has spoken.

19:20 

The big news from the Portugal line-up is that Pepe has not recovered in time to start. The Real Madrid centre-back may be a liability at times, but he's a terrific defender and will be missed hugely. Gareth Bale will be licking his lips at the prospect of running at his replacement... 34-year-old Bruno Alves.

19:10 

Wales make the two expected changes with James Collins and Andy King coming in for the suspended pair of Ben Davies and Aaron Ramsey.

19:05
19:00 

Hello and welcome to LIVE commentary of Wales vs. Portugal in the European Championship semi-finals (I know, it didn’t feel right writing Wales either!). I’ll be bringing you build-up over the next hour, followed by full text commentary of the game.