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Published: 21:46 | 6/7/16

Wales Euro 2016 dream ended by Portugal

Ronaldo's contribution books final place

Wales' dreams of Euro 2016 glory are over after Cristiano Ronaldo booked Portugal's place in Sunday's final.

Having shaded a first half featuring few opportunities, Chris Coleman's side would have been confident of finding the goal that would have sent them through to the decider against Germany or France.

But in the so-called battle of the superstars it was Cristiano Ronaldo who provided the decisive contribution, opening the scoring five minute after the break with a majestic, towering header from a corner.

The former Manchester United forward then inadvertently supplied a second for Fernando Santos' side, his mishit effort flying across the goal for Nani to slide home from close range.

Gareth Bale provided Wales' most potent threat with his powerful running on the ball creating some good opportunities for his side but he was mostly restricted to taking shots from distance.

Even still, the ex-Tottenham Hotspur attacker threatened to beat Rui Patricio in their opponent's goal, forcing the goalkeeper into pulling off a couple of smart stops.

However, as they pushed hard for a goal which would have brought them back into the game, the loss of the suspended Aaron Ramsey began to tell on Wales, deprived of his creativity and movement the onus was on Bale to produce some magic but although he tried gamely, he was unable to conjure up anything.

The match eventually petered out - although Wales kept on trying to the final whistle - and Wales were forced to admit defeat to a side who were more clinical with their attacking situations.

Ronaldo's header will live long in the memory but no Welshman present will forget the occasion or the moment after the match when Coleman and his players, bedecked in red tshirts which said 'thank you' in Welsh and French - went to their supporters to thank them for the incredible journey they have all been on together.

The fans responded by serenading them with the national anthem, a spine-tingling moment to witness.

However, it is Ronaldo and Portugal who march on to the final at the Stade de France where they will have the chance to win a first ever major international trophy.

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