Portugal Vs Wales Preview

We take a look at the Euro 2016 semi-final clash as Portugal and Wales go head-to-head in Lyon for a place in the final.

Portugal defender, Pepe has picked up a problem with his thigh muscle and subsequently didn’t take part in training on Monday. However he did a separate training with the team’s backroom staff on Tuesday and now is facing a race against time to be fit.

Pep takes part in training
Pep takes part in training

Portugal will have to do without the experience of William Carvalho, who will miss the game through suspension after picking up two yellow cards.

As for Wales they have their own suspension problems, with Ben Davies and Aaron Ramsey suspended as they both picked up their second yellow card in that historic win over Belgium.

Gareth Bale scores a Free kick against Slovakia
Gareth Bale scores a Free kick against Slovakia

Their main man Gareth Bale will be key if Wales are to progress to the final of Euro 2016. He has taken part in full training over the past two days.

This will be their fourth match on Wednesday night between the two nations. It will also be their first match between the two teams since their last meeting in 2000 when the Portuguese ran out 3-0 winners in a friendly.
Despite reaching the Semi-finals in a Euro participation for the fifth time, Portugal have failed to register a victory in 90 minutes.

Hal Robson-Kanu celebrates after scoring Wales' second goal against Belgium in the Euro 2016 quarter-final in Lille
Hal Robson-Kanu celebrates after scoring Wales’ second goal against Belgium in the Euro 2016 quarter-final in Lille

Hal Robson Kanu has notched in two goals in his first European Championship including a sublime individual goal against Belgium.

Only France have score more goals (11) than Wales (10) at Euro 2016.

Cristiano Ronaldo is within one goal of equalling the record number of goals in this competition with Michel Platini holding that record with nine goals.

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