Preview: Portugal vs Wales

Tonight, Wales can reach their first ever final in a major tournament when they face Portugal in the first semi-final of Euro 2016.

Gareth Bale taking part in a training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 semi final match against Portugal
Gareth Bale taking part in a training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 semi final match against Portugal

Real Madrid stars, Gareth Bale and Christiano Ronaldo will enter opposing dressing rooms in Lyon. This is something which football fans are looking to. However, Chris Coleman stated that he will more interested in harnessing the team spirit that carried Wales this far.

Portugal are yet to win in 90 minutes, while Wales brushed aside Belgium who are ranked number 2 in the world. They also recorded wins against Northern Ireland, Russia and Slovakia.

Wales are the first Euro debutants to reach the last four since Sweden in 1992. They will now be gearing up to a historic final which is an attainable target.

Coleman admitted that Portugal will start as favourites due to having tournament experiences through participation in Euros and World Cups. Nonetheless, he seems ready to get his team to the final by stating that it is not a problem.

Portugal are no strangers to a semi-final, having lost to Spain in Euro 2012 and France in the 2006 World Cup. This will be a good chance for Portugal to win something after they had their parties spoiled in 2004 when Greece managed to beat them 1-0 in Lisbon.

This match can also be a good chance for Ronaldo to win something with his country. Throughout the tournament, the Real Madrid star has been nervous both in and off the pitch, knowing that this might probably be his last chance. This scenario will definitely make tomorrow’s match a very important one in the career of the Portuguese captain.

Wales will be without Tottenham defender Ben Davies and Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey after both were handed their second bookings of the tournament against Belgium, earning one-game suspensions. James Collins is expected to deputise for Davies, while Andy King is in line to replace Ramsey.

On the other hand, Portugal will be without William Carvalho, who was cautioned during the shootout victory over Poland in the quarter-finals. 

The match will be controlled by Jonas Eriksson from Sweden.

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