Wales' dream run at Euro 2016 finally came to an end Wednesday. A 2-0 win for Portugal sends the The Dragons back to the United Kingdom.
Cristiano Ronaldo got the best of his Real Madrid teammate, Gareth Bale, outplaying him individually in a classic striker’s performance. Ronaldo was a menace the entire game:
In the 12th minute, James Collins (forced into action by the suspension of Ben Davies) takes Ronaldo down in the box by his neck. No call was made but a penalty should have been given.
ITV discussing whether Collins had his arm round Ronaldo's neck. Erm .... look at the two behind them! pic.twitter.com/iPxBK2SoGA
— David★Jack (@DamJef) July 6, 2016
In the 50th minute, Ronaldo rockets home a header off a Raphael Guerreiro service after a short corner.
Just three minutes later, Ronaldo threads the needle on a pass in the box, finding Nani, who doubles the lead for Portugal.
In the 63rd minute, Ronaldo almost made it three with a powerful strike on a set piece that grazed the crossbar.
Gareth Bale was notably quiet all game. His best chance came in the first half when a long run down the right sideline led to a decent shot that landed in the arms of Rui Patricio.
Portugal will play France or Germany in the Euro final on Sunday. They have also earned a spot in next summer's Confederations Cup in Russia.
Despite the loss, Wales will return to a heroes' welcome, as Iceland did.
— BBC Heroes (@BBCWales) July 6, 2016
— Lorna Prichard (@LornaITV) July 6, 2016
France and Germany square off Thursday.