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Portugal vs. Wales – 5 talking points from the first Euro semifinal

Portugal vs. Wales – 5 talking points from the first Euro semifinal

The first Euro 2016 semifinal was a historic set-up in the beautiful city of Lyon; the dark horse Wales, pitched against a rather unimpressive, four time semifinalist Portugal. Both teams defeated teams who were expected to be playing this match. Belgium were obliterated by Wales and Poland lost out narrowly to Portugal. Some called it a battle between Ronaldo, the best player in the world and Bale, the most expensive darling of Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. But the match up was many things more than that. With both teams missing a few key players due to the one match suspension (following two yellow cards), things became more complicated. The Welsh were probably the most hurt as they missed out on having the explosive attacking edge of the in-form Aaron Ramsey.

The match ended up being a strong Portuguese display, who completely took the match away from Wales, scoring 2 goals in 3 minutes. Cristiano Ronaldo finally managed to shine, making fans forget his almost average performances in this tournament. He scored the first and helped establish the second goal. Nani looked sharp too. The Welsh, who had a great defensive display, really missed a link in the midfield. The game saw Gareth Bale end up as the only threat for the Portuguese. Here, we point out the 5 takeaways from the game:

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