Portugal vs Wales Euro 2016
The UEFA Euro 2016 is a popular tournament that pits the best soccer playing nations in Europe against each other every four years. The 2016 tournament is already well underway with many soccer fans already on edge awaiting the outcome of the last round of matches. This year’s tournament is being held in France from the 10th of June to the 12th of July. This year’s tournament will be played in ten stadia in ten cities across France; Wales is one of the surprise teams to make it to the semis with match against one of the favorites Portugal.
For the first time the tournament included 24 teams having moved up from the 16 team format that has been used since 1996. For sport fans around the world this meant greater competition and many more matches to watch. The new format saw teams divided into 6 groups of four teams each followed by a knock out stage and the finals.
In the soon to be contested semi final match that will pit Portugal vs Wales Real Madrid stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale will step onto the pitch in opposing changing rooms. While Portugal have for several years been a hot favorite Wales performance in the Euro 2016 semi final will most likely be one of the must watch matches of the tourney. The second semi final match will also be an exciting match that will pit the host France (automatic qualifiers) against Germany. France is the host for the third time this year and has managed to win the tournament twice.
Portugal vs Wales Euro 2016 is already getting lost of press coverage given the performance of both teams in the tournament so far. Wales have been quite an eye opened having recorded decent wins against some big names in the qualifiers and early rounds. Some of the names that have fallen to the Welsh team include Russia, Northern Ireland, Slovakia and the World number 2! Belgium. However the Welsh are not going against their opponents unaware of their strengths; Portugal have played world Cups, and previous tournaments giving them an edge that will have Wales taking the field as underdogs.
Nevertheless the Welsh team is not be taken lightly and is the second debutant team to reach the semi final since Sweden in 1992; Sweden were bundled out of that tournament by Germany and suffered a 5 nil loss. IN what is bound to be widely viewed game the Welsh team will take to the field without defender Ben Davies and Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal both of whom had received two bookings earlier in the tournament that earns them a one game suspension. Davies will be replaced by James Collins while Ramsey will be replaced by Andy King. Portugal will also be without William Carvalho who received a caution after their tussle with Poland in the quarter finals. Despite all the pressure the Wales manager Chris Coleman is confident his team will perform well given they have from the beginning of the tournament focused on one match at a time; no pressure from big names or favorite’s just one match at a time.