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Published: 14:54 | 4/7/16

Bale plays down Ronaldo threat

Gareth Bale has rubbished suggestions that Wales' Euro 2016 semi-final against Portugal will develop into a battle between him and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Real Madrid team-mates will be on opposite sides of the pitch on Wednesday night when Wales and Portugal meet in the last-four clash in Lyon.

While much will be made of Real Madrid superstars, Bale insists the match will come down to which team performs best on the day.

"It's not about two players. We know and everybody knows that it's about two nations in the semi-final - 11 men against 11," Bale told reporters.

"[Ronaldo] is a fantastic player, everyone knows what he can do. But we don't worry about the opposition. We just do what we do. It's about how we perform as a team, and as a team we can shut out a lot of threats.

"The star in our team is all of us. We are all together, we all work as one, running for each other, tackling for each other. We get on like brothers and we're having fun, enjoying the occasion, with no fear. It's working so far."

After finishing top of their group, Wales defeated Northern Ireland and Belgium to reach the semi-finals and Bale is confident they will not be intimidated going into Wednesday's match.

"It's the most honoured I have felt. We want to continue the journey and make more history," he said.

"We aren't going to fear anything and we're going play the best football we can. Hopefully that's good enough. It's a dream to win the tournament, but our aim is to make sure we win the next game against Portugal. There are no stars in our team, we all get along like brothers.

"We just take each game as it comes and it's going well so far. We have come here to do business and we want to win the tournament. We can't think past this semi-final and we want to get the job done and get through the final."

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