Our match prediction:
A place in the Euro 2016 final will be at stake when Portugal and Wales take on each other at Parc Olympique Lyonnais on Wednesday evening. Real Madrid aces Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale will take on each other in the European Championship finals and, no doubt, there will be fireworks when the Dragons face A Selecao in Decines-Charpieu. Portugal have been far from impressive at the tournament in France and they are widely expected to adopt a defence-minded approach in Wednesday’s football clash. Wales, on the other hand, produced a terrific display in the 3-1 win over Belgium, but you should bear in mind that Belgium coach Marc Wilmots could not count on two important defenders (Vermaelen and Vertonghen) for the clash. Wales are after their first ever Euro 2016 final and given Portugal’s experience at the major tournaments, we predict that Fernando Santos’ troops will make it to the Euro 2016 final.
Highligted Player (Ronaldo):
Cristiano Ronaldo is considered one of the world’s best football players. The Portuguese ace was born on 5 February, 1985 in Funchal, Madeira and he played for the likes of Andorinha, Nacional and Sporting during his youth career. CR7 made his Sporting debut in Primeira Liga on 7 October, 2002, scoring two goals in a 3-0 win over Moreirense. Manchester United scouts spotted him and one year later he joined the Old Trafford outfit. Ronaldo became the most expensive teenager in the history of the Premier League and he received the number 7 shirt. He quickly established himself as the team’s key player and it has to be noted that he won three consecutive Premier League trophies with the Red Devils (2006/2007, 2007/2008, 2008/2009). In 2008 he helped the Old Trafford outfit beat Chelsea in the Champions League final, scoring for Alex Ferguson’s troops in the regular time. Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009 and he helped the Spanish giants with two Champions League trophies. In 2016 he won the European Championship trophy with Portugal. The Real Madrid ace has two Golden Ball awards (2013, 2014).
Highlighted Team (Wales):
Despite being part of the United Kingdom, Wales national football team has been competing in FIFA tournaments since 1950, although they have so far only reached two tournament finals. The Dragons surprised everyone by making it to the quarter-finals at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, but little did they know that it would remain their only World Cup appearance up to date. Wales had plenty of problems in the European Championship qualifiers as well, but they finally managed to end the barren run by securing their place at the Euro 2016 in France. Led by the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen and Ashley Williams, the Dragons performed admirably throughout the campaign and even reached the 8th position in the FIFA Rankings in October 2015. Neville Southall remains the team’s most capped player, but the generation that included Ryan Giggs, Gary Speed, Craig Bellamy and John Hartson will also be remembered for some impressive performances against top European national teams.