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Semi Final 1 - Wales vs Portugal

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ITV - 7.15 Coverage

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Proven pedigree meets the darkest of dark horses on Wednesday when Portugal take on Wales with a place in Sunday's UEFA EURO 2016 final at stake.

 
  • Portugal tackle Wales in Lyon for a place in the final
  • The winners will face either France or Germany at the Stade de France on Sunday
  • This is Wales's first major semi-final; Portugal have won one of four previous semis
  • Portugal have yet to win at UEFA EURO 2016 inside 90 minutes
  • Ben Davies, Aaron Ramsey and William Carvalho all banned; Pepe is a doubt


Possible line-ups
Portugal: Rui Patrício; Cédric, Fonte, Ricardo Carvalho, Guerreiro; Danilo, João Mário, Adrien Silva, Sanches; Nani, Ronaldo.
Out: William Carvalho (suspended)
Doubt: Pepe (thigh)

  • Fernando Santos faces an anxious wait on Pepe after he picked up a thigh injury in training; Ricardo Carvalho is his likely replacement. Raphaël Guerreiro has shaken off a knock and is set to return on the left, while Danilo will come in for William Carvalho in a like-for-like switch in front of the back four.

Wales: Hennessey; Chester, Ashley Williams, Collins; Gunter, Allen, Ledley, Jonathan Williams, Taylor; Bale, Robson-Kanu.
Out: Davies (suspended), Ramsey (suspended)

  • For the first time in France, Chris Coleman will make enforced changes with influential duo Ben Davies and Aaron Ramsey both banned. James Collins is the probable understudy for Davies, while Jonny Williams could cover for Ramsey and offer Wales an extra attacking option as opposed to a more defensive deputy.
  • It's not about Cristiano v Bale, though. All four teams in the semi-finals and every player, they have the same goal. Wales are a very good side, technically gifted. I learned a lot from Jimmy Hagan [an English manager at Benfica when Santos was in his late teens]; the British school of football was very important to me. Wales are very good at it.Coach quotes
    Fernando Santos, Portugal coach
    We're responsible for writing our own history. History and tradition is important for people and countries, and that helps us here, but we're writing a new chapter now. This is a gigantic step towards our goal against incredibly strong opponents. It will be complicated but we have the talent to win it.

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Portugal: DWDDDWLWWL
Wales: WWWLWLLDLW

Did you know?

Portugal beat Wales 3-2 in a 1949 friendly but lost 2-1 two years later in Cardiff. Their most recent encounter was in Chaves in June 2000, a 3-0 Portuguese victory. Read more in our extensive match background.

 

 

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You man need to respeck Collins.

Shoulda said Neil Taylor.

COME ON YOU FUCKING CYMRU!!!

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Portugal manager aint shit

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Just now, FA23 said:

Kanu is GASSED

after all the offers he's received, he aint worried about nuttin

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Just now, Lieutenant said:

LOL @ CR going for the overhead kick

 

His body was like nah, not anymore fam.

:rofl:

 

man was going down in stages , coming like fifa 12 lag

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midtable serie a game

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This is the Gareth Bale Show with Robson-Kanu being the main guest

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Joao Mario dropped a shoulder and i thought lets see whats hes got

then deaded the move with a stray pass

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3 minutes ago, Fresh said:

Wales look so much better without Wayne Ramsey

Who dat?

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Nonsense post tbh, hes been one of there best players previously

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Ronaldo has been living that la liga loca life for too long, staying in the box, waiting for crosses like he's gonna beat these man in the air.

 

Collins is some viking ffs.

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