Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies
Ramsey and Davies are both suspended for semi-final Getty


  • Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies are both suspended for the Euro 2016 semi-final showdown.
  • Gareth Bale goes head-to-head with Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

Wales manager Chris Coleman is confident his side can stand toe-to-toe with Portugal in their historic Euro 2016 semi-final despite the absences of Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies.

Arsenal midfielder Ramsey, a candidate for player of the tournament in France, will miss out on Wednesday's clash in Lyon after picking up a booking in the 3-1 win over Belgium on Friday 1 July.

Tottenham full-back Davies is also suspended for the crucial tie but Coleman is sure the replacements he will be calling upon can sufficiently fill the void.

"It's about the squad and not the team. Aaron Ramsey's performances have been among the best at the tournament and that's not being biased," Coleman told a press conference, BBC Sport report.

"Ben Davies has been slightly out of position playing for us but he's grown in stature and been excellent for us. The boys who come in I have no worries about them. They know their jobs and as long as they have the same mentality as the other lads I have every confidence in them. We just need to go and enjoy the occasion."

Wednesday's match also pits Real Madrid galacticos Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo against each other. The Portugal skipper has endured a mixed tournament in France, where he has frequently cut a frustrated figure accused of inhibiting his team while still managing to produce moments of individual brilliance as he did in the group stages against Hungary.

But Coleman insists his side cannot afford to focus on one player.

"I think the key to winning the game is getting the game plan right and concentrating on ourselves. I don't think Gareth [Bale] needs to tell us about Cristiano Ronaldo, we've been watching him for long enough. It won't just be about one player, all our players know about their opposite numbers."