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Ronaldo, Nani send Portugal into the Final of Euro 2016

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Cristiano RonaldoTwo goals inside four minutes from the former Manchester United duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani earned Portugal a place in the Final of Euro 2016 with a comfortable 2-0 win against minnows Wales, who struggled to really create anything of note during the course of the contest without the attacking nous of Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

After a dull first half, reminiscent of so many of Portugal's displays in the tournament thus far, the European Championship regulars dealt a double blow to Wales' hopes of reaching their first major final.

 

A bullet header from Cristiano Ronaldo, as the Real Madrid superstar rose imperiously in the box and produced some serious hang time to meet a corner, thumped his side into a lead in the 50th minute.

And then just over 3 minutes later, Nani slid in to make it 2-0 to Portugal as the versatile attacker met an attempted mishit shot from Ronaldo that appeared to be creeping wide of the far post.

On both occasions, Wales' defending could have been better with Wales also not really making up for the loss of Tottenham defender Ben Davies, who like his north-London rival Ramsey, was suspended for this match.

There was little doubt before the game about the difference in quality of the two sides, but the absence of two of Wales' regulars further emphasized the gulf in ability of the two squads as Portugal easily killed the contest and probably should have added to their lead with Danilo and Ronaldo missing chances to make the game safe.

Wales' best opportunities in the game came from Gareth Bales' long distance shooting. While his first two efforts were straight at Rui Patricio in the Portuguese goal, his third was a dipping, curving effort which came close to embarrassing the Portuguese keeper, who did well to eventually keep the ball out and preserve his clean sheet.

Wales bowed out of Euro 2016 with a bit of a whimper after having given so much of themselves over the last few weeks, while for Portugal it is another chance for them to win a first major, despite not having played at their brilliant best so far in the tournament. A Final against either Germany or France awaits.

Teams:

Portugal: Rui Patricio, Cedric, Bruno Alves, Fonte, Guerreiro, Danilo Pereira, Joao Mario, Renato Sanches (Gomes 73'), Adrien Silva (Moutinho 79'), Nani (Quaresma 86'), Ronaldo.

Subs: Lopes, Carvalho, Joao Moutinho, Eder, Vieirinha, Andre Gomes, Rafa, Eliseu, Quaresma, Eduardo.

Wales: Hennessey, Gunter, Chester, Collins (J Williams 67'), A Williams, Taylor, Allen, Ledley (Vokes 58'), King, Robson-Kanu (Church 63'), Bale.

Subs: Fon Williams, George Williams, Edwards, Richards, Cotterill, Vokes, J Williams, Vaughan, Church, Ward.

Final Score: Portugal 2-0 Wales (Ronaldo 50', Nani 53')