Wales vs. Portugal, Euro 2016 Semi-Finals Sports Betting Odds, Teammates to foes, Ronaldo faces Bale

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Wales vs Portugal. UEFA EURO Semi-final. Today, 3:00 PM, Parc Olympique Lyonnais.

Vegas Sports Betting Odds. Vegas Coverage Pick: Portugal, 1-0.

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07/06 3:00 PM ET.
26249 Wales
26250 Portugal
26251 Draw
26252 Total
UEFA EURO FRANCE 2016 – Semifinals – Wednesday, July 6th

LYON, France – When Portugal and Wales will compete for a place in the final of the European Football Championship, fans will expect two players stand out from the crowd.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, teammates in the Real Madrid and the most expensive players of their time, carry the hopes of their respective nation Wednesday night at the stadium in Lyon.

None of the 48 previous clashes at Euro 2016 has two opposing players in such a super star status and has such importance for their club.

As it should, the game stakes could not be higher. The winner deserves his place in the final on July 10, against either Germany, the world champion title, or France, host of the competition.

“These are two of the best players in the world, admitted the Welsh coach, Chris Coleman. I do not think they will be gifts by cons. We know what is at stake. The friendship will have to wait after the meeting. ”

There are less than six weeks, Ronaldo and Bale celebrated the conquest of a second title of the Champions League in three seasons together at Real Madrid.

Since he joined the Spanish club after a transfer record of € 132 million – which then broke the mark set by Real in obtaining Ronaldo -, Bale has always played the role of stooge to that three-time player of the year. This match in Lyon is now offering Bale a chance to challenge this hierarchy. A good performance of one of the two could also tip the vote for the Golden Ball in his favor.

Bale had a better tournament than Ronaldo so far. Welsh is one of the top scorers in the competition with three goals, including two on kicks. Only the French Antoine Griezmann, with four, ahead of him.

The Wales also has the wind in its sails following the biggest win of his history, when he came from behind to beat Belgium 3-1.

What’s even better for Coleman is that his players were able to overcome this deficit without the contribution of Bale. The captain Ashley Williams began the ascent, complemented by Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes. This victory enabled Wales to become Underdog supporters following the elimination of Iceland by France on Sunday.

This is the last tray reached by Wales, who was not part of the 100 best countries in the world four years ago. Bale has scored seven goals to allow Wales to qualify for their first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup in France Once there, he beat the odds by finishing ahead of his English neighbors at the top of its group . He then became the first country to reach the semifinals of the tournament in his first appearance since Sweden in 1992.

The Wales has shown great form in this tournament. With 10 goals, only France has so far scored more often and these two nations are the only to have won four games without recourse to penalties.

Portugal has taken a different path to reach his fourth semi-final in his last five tournaments. He snuck into the round of 16 with three draws verdicts, before winning in overtime against Croatia and then in the shootout against Poland.

In five games and more than eight hours of play, Portugal had advance for a total of 22 minutes at Euro 2016.

One of the big problems of Portugal was the performance of Ronaldo far, far below what he usually offer. His two goals against Hungary are his only two successes. If Bale leads all players in the tournament with 13 shots on goal, Ronaldo leads meanwhile the column of off-target shots, with 14.

“If Cristiano Ronaldo does not score, it does not mean he plays poorly or does no good, defended the coach Fernando Santos. Cristiano Ronaldo is a master copy. He did an excellent job. He wants to win.

If ever was to mark Ronaldo , he would join and Michel Platini , who scored nine goals in the European Championship.

Portugal will be without the services of midfielder William Carvalho , suspended. Danilo , who lost his starting job to benefit Carvalho after the draw 1-1 against Iceland in the opening game , should reinstate the starting lineup .

But Santos could fill a greater loss to the rear centre.Pepe did not train on Monday because of a thigh injury . The Real Madrid defender was by far the best player in Portugal since the start of the Euro.

Wales will also face daunting absences, those in the middle Aaron Ramsey and defender Ben Davies , both suspended for accumulation of yellow cards.

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