Published on 20 Jul 2022 7:59 pm (UK Time)
Wales are within touching distance of the Euro 2016 final after their inspiring victory against Belgium. They face a Portugal side who’s footballing poster boy (Cristiano Ronaldo) has performed well below par. However on the other hand, Ronaldo’s Real Madrid counterpart Welsh counterpart Gareth Bale has been one of the tournaments star performers with 3 goals in 5 games.
The Welshman triumphed 3-1 against Belgium, with goals from Robson Kanu, Williams, and Vokes. However one downside of that great result is that Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies will be absent from the 11 that face Portugal due to accumulating too many yellow cards. James Collins is the expected replacement for Davies and Leicester City’s Andy King will most likely fill the gap left by Ramsey. Chris Coleman will have no problem motivating his men as they will understand the sheer magnitude of this momentous occasion and will want to play to their best.
Its not just Wales who are missing players through suspension, as Portugal will have to cope without William Carvalho in their midfield as he acquired a yellow card in the last round where Portugal won over Poland via penalties. Even though Carvalho will be missed the main problem for the Portugese is the countries form. Portugal have drawn all of their games in 90 mins and have performed rather poorly in all those games, even Ballon D’or winner Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t been at his best. One area in particular that has been criticized is the Portuese defence, with many doubtful that it can hold up against Bale, and Robson Kanu.
Overall this should be a thrilling encounter, as we see the Welshman within reach of the Euro 2016 final with Portugal in their way.
Will wales buckle under the pressure? or will Portugal maintain the poor form of late?
These questions will be answered when the 2 meet on July 6th.
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