Full-time: Portugal 2-0 Wales

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What a brave effort, then, from Wales, who exceeded all expectations to make it to the semi-final stage. Ultimately, though, they fell fractionally short - and it is Ronaldo's Portugal side who win the day.

That's all we have for you from this semi-final, but be sure to join us tomorrow for coverage of the mouthwatering game between Germany, the world champions, and France, the hosts of Euro 2016.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates victory
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates victory over Wales Getty Images


Full-time: Portugal 2-0 Wales

All over in Lyon! Wales' dream comes to an end - and it's two familiar faces who have defeated them, Ronaldo and Nani.

They've gave it their all, but ultimately, weren't quite good enough. Portugal go to Paris.

Gareth Bale waves goodbye to Welsh fans
Gareth Bale waves goodbye to Welsh fans Getty Images


From Portugal's latest corner, Ronaldo once again climbs above James Chester - but he cannot find the net on this occasion.

Three minutes of time to be added. And still the Welsh fans proudly cheer their national anthem.


Bale goes into the book for a high foot. Just two minutes left now.

Wales are going home; Portugal are going to Paris. It's going to be a heartbreaking night for Chris Coleman and his men.

Neil Taylor looks down
Neil Taylor looks down Getty Images


It is, in fact, Portugal who appear most likely to score the next goal. Their latest counter-attack ends with Ronaldo rounding the goalkeeper and hitting his shot into the side-netting from a tight angle.

Nani has been taken off, by the way, and Quaresma has been introduced.


Time is running out on Wales. There are a few defeated-looking players out there now. Only five minutes left in Lyon.

Gareth Bale goes close for Wales
Gareth Bale goes close for Wales Getty Images


Bale takes another powerful shot at goal, but again, Patricio does well to punch it clear. He's given it everything tonight - not sure it'll be enough, though.


Danilo almost makes it 3-0! He bursts through on goal and his effort almost slips under Wayne Hennessey, who does well to recover and stop the ball on the line.

Meanwhile, Portugal have introduced Moutinho, who'll look to keep the ball in the closing minutes.

Ronaldo brings down Williams
Ronaldo brings down Williams Getty Images


Now, the first effort from Wales in ages and it's Bale with the volley from distance, which is well held by Patricio.

Wales need to show a bit more urgency in these closing stages. They might as well risk getting hammered...

Portugal fans cheer their side on
Portugal fans cheer their side on Getty Images


Fifteen minutes left and still no sign of a goal for Wales. This is all starting to look depressingly predictable.

Wales fans can barely watch
Wales fans can barely watch Getty Images


Renato Sanches goes on a darting run up the field, but ultimately blazes his right-footed effort over the bar.

And with that, the Bayern Munich man heads off and is replaced by Andre Gomes. Once again, though, that was a mightily impressive performance from the teenager.

Welsh players look downbeat
Welsh players look downbeat Getty Images


Another opening for Portgual at a corner. This time Jose Fonte leaps high and gets his effort on target, but it's well held.

Chris Coleman cuts a frustrated figure
Chris Coleman cuts a frustrated figure Getty Images


As it stands, Wales are on the cusp of elimination. Too many passes are being misplaced and there's a lack of inspiration in their ranks this evening. Bale has slipped out of the game, too.

Portugal players celebrating
Portugal players celebrating Getty Images


Wales are within inches of being buried! Nani's shot from distance takes a deflection, which the keeper can only parry. The ball falls in the box to Joao Mario, who blasts his effort wide. Just.

Meanwhile, Coleman has replaced Collins with Jonny Williams, who started Wales' opening game.


Ronaldo lines up a freekick from distance. He has become a bit of comedy figure because of his recent shot-to-goal ratio, but his latest effort is decent-ish. It flashes just over the top.

Meanwhile, Wales have replaced Robson Kanu with Church.

Ronaldo shoots at goal
Ronaldo shoots at goal Getty Images


Wales have 30 minutes to save themselves. In truth, they've barely created anything all night, but they won't give up.

Ronaldo pumps his fist
Ronaldo pumps his fist Getty Images


Chris Coleman is going to make a change - and it's needed. Sam Vokes is preparing to come on for Wales. They need something and they need it quick. Joe Ledley makes way for him.

There was huge element of fortune about Portugal's second goal. But they won't care, as they're within touching distance of the Euro 2016 final.

Ronaldo celebrates his goal
Ronaldo celebrates his goal Getty Images


GOAL: Portugal 2-0 Wales (Nani)

It's all going wrong for Wales in Lyon! Nani has doubled Portugal's lead, poking Ronaldo's mishit shot home from close range.

There was a suspicion of offside about it, but the linesman was correct. The goal stands and Wales are facing elimination now.

Nani celebrates making it 2-0
Nani celebrates making it 2-0 Getty Images


GOAL: Portugal 1-0 Wales (Ronaldo)

Portugal lead - and as you might've suspected, it's Cristiano Ronaldo with the goal! The corner comes in from the left side and Ronaldo leaps in the air and powers his header into the net.

Wales face an uphill task now.

Ronaldo opens the scoring
Ronaldo opens the scoring Getty Images


It's all a bit scrappy in the opening stages of the second half. Too many misplaced passes and silly fouls.


Right, neither side has made a change at the break. We have 45 minutes and possibly extra-time and penalties to settle this.

Time for a hero to step forward...

Ronaldo backheels the ball
Ronaldo backheels the ball Getty Images


Half-time: Portugal 0-0 Wales

Tactical. Nervous. But still enthralling.

The first 45 minutes have come and gone in the blink of an eye and we're still no closer to knowing who will play in the Euro 2016 final on Sunday.

Welsh fans inside the ground
Welsh fans inside the ground Getty Images


A little glimmer of an opening for Ronaldo, who climbs above James Chester at the back post, but his effort drifts high and wide. He hung like an NBA player there, though.

Renato Sanches on the ball
Renato Sanches on the ball for Portugal Getty Images


Ronaldo takes a left-footed shot from distance that is well blocked by Collins, who is growing into this game.

The resulting corner comes to nothing, and half-time is almost upon us.

Collins beats Ronaldo in the air
Collins beats Ronaldo in the air Getty Images