Portugal beat Wales 2-0 with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani: Euro 2016 semifinal as it happened

Wales' fairytale at Euro 2016 ended with Portugal winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 7, 2016 11:48 pm
Portugal vs Wales, UEFA Euro 2016: Portugal beat Wales 2-0 to seal a spot in the final

Portugal bagged their first win at Euro 2016 (in regular time) against Wales in Lyon to seal passage into the final. With two second half goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani, Portugal ran out 2-0 winners. They take on the winner of the other semi-final between France and Germany.

Football Updates: Portugal vs Wales

Celebrations!

FULL TIME: Portugal are through to the final after beating Wales 2-0. Their first win in 90 minutes this tournament. Goals coming from Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani

91′ It has been a great run for Wales

90′ Three minutes added on

89′ Stat by UEFA: Nani’s goal was his 20th for Portugal and it the fifth of those goals to have been laid on by Cristiano Ronaldo.

87′ Bale gets booked for a raised foot. Dangerous play

85′ CLOSE! Ronaldo goes close to making it 3-0. Chests down a long ball but the angle is too much to tuck it in

79′ João Moutinho (in) – Adrien Silva (out) (Portugal).

78′ CLOSE! Danilo goes very close for Portugal. Bale gets dispossessed with Danilo charging forward but his effort is saved by Hennessey

76′ SHOT! Bale once again is on target but his effort is straight at Rui Patricio

74′ First Portugal change is Renato Sanches going off for Andre Gomes

73′ CLOSE! Renato Sanches with a beautiful run but his final effort is over the bar. Had the support on the left and the right but opted not to use them

72′ Now Ronaldo goes into the book.

71′ Bruno Alves has been booked for Portugal

70′ CLOSE! Fonte gets a header on a Joao Mario corner and it is plucked by Hennessey from near the goal. Almost crept in that

69′ What do you guys reckon?

67′ Record breaker Ronaldo!

67′ Final Wales change sees Williams come in for Collins

66′ CLOSE! Nani has a go from distance and Hennessey parries with João Mário missing from close range!

63′ Second Wales change: Simon Church comes in for Robson-Kanu

62′ CLOSE! Ronaldo free kick goes over the wall and is just narrowly over the goal. Grazes the top netting

61′ Chester booked for bringing down Ronaldo just outside the Welsh box

57′ Joe Ledley goes off, Sam Vokes comes on for Wales

55′ Wales about to make a change. Sam Vokes set to come on

55′ Two attempts on target for Portugal and two goals. Talk about accuracy

53′ GOAL! Nani doubles Portugal’s lead within three minutes! Ronaldo with a shot from distance and it is deflected home by Nani inside the box. Flags stays down

52′ With that, Cristiano Ronaldo has matched Michel Platini’s record of 9 goals at Euros.

50′ GOAL!! Ronaldo heads Portugal ahead!! Guerreiro with the corner for Portugal and the skipper with a bullet header to put the team ahead

46′ Back underway in the second half

# Couldn’t stifle a laugh!

HALF TIME: No goals at the break in Lyon. No real chances for either sides. Portugal did go close at the close with Ronaldo

44′ CHANCE! Ronaldo gets a first sight of goal, meeting Cedric’s far-post cross with a header that flies narrowly wide

37′ RIP Gary Speed!

36′ Wales with solid defending to deny Portugal any chances or movement to beat the lines. Forcing the 2004 finalists to taking shots from distance.

31′ SHOT! Adrien Silva with a shot from distance but it is tame and easily wide of the Welsh goal.

29′ SCENES!

26′ Nice cross from the left by Cedric to steal the ball from the Welsh player and then create a possible chance. But the cross is held by Hennessey before Ronaldo could get his head to it

22′ CLOSE! Bale with a breathtaking run from Welsh half and takes a shot from outside the box but it is held calmly by Rui Patricio

18′ CLOSE! Clever corner by Wales. Kept flat and into the box where Bale gets a shot but it goes over

17′ And then this guy got a hug and a photo with Ronaldo. Still undecided on whether it is humane to pay heed to a pitch invader or a security issue that shouldn’t be entertained

16′ SHOT! João Mário has a go at the goal but it goes across the face of Hennessey’s goal

13′ Already signs of some roughing up by the Welsh defenders being meted out to Ronaldo in the penalty box. Though no appeals made for penalty…

8′ Allen (Wales) is shown a yellow card.

5′ Away from Lyon, there is good news for Germany. Joachim Loew has confirmed that Bastian Schweinsteiger is fit to play France. He suggested that the midfielder may even start. Will he? Remains to be seen.

1′ KICK OFF!

# SCENES!

# Anthems sung. We’re seconds from kickoff!

# Davis and Aaron Ramsey have been replaced with Collins and Andy King by Wales

# No Pepe then for Portugal as expected. Danilo starts with William Carvalho suspended.

# LINEUPS:

Portugal: Rui Patricio, Bruno Alves, Fonte, Guerreiro, Ronaldo, Mario, Danilo, Renato, Nani, Cedric, Adrien

Wales: Hennessey; Gunter, Chester, Collins, Williams, Taylor; King, Ledley, Allen; Bale, Robson-Kanu

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