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Euro 2016: Semi-Final Round-Up

24 teams started, just two remain. The Euro 2016 final is upon us as some of Europe’s top talents fight for the right to be crowned Champions of Europe.

Wales 0-2 Portugal

Wales and Portugal played out a cagey first half in Lyon on Wednesday, before Cristiano Ronaldo stole the show. The Real Madrid forward, who had endured a troublesome tournament, rose like a Phoenix from the flames to thunder a header past Wayne Hennesey in the Welsh goal. Ronaldo was instrumental in the second too, dropping deeper to pick up the ball, before his wayward shot was stabbed home by former Manchester United teammate Nani, who bagged his third goal of the tournament. Wales pressed for an equaliser to no avail and exit the competition as the last remaining Britisg side, despite England, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland all making it to the last 16.

France 2-0 Germany

The Favourites are out! The hosts are through.

Reigning World Champions Germany bossed the first half, dominating every statistic going, until Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger was deemed to have intentionally handled the ball in the box as the referee awarded France a last minute, first half penalty. Atletico Madrids Antoine Griezmann stepped up to score in stoppage time to give the tournament hosts a 1-0 lead.

The hosts lead was doubled in the second half as Germany pressed for an equaliser. The winger grabbed his second of the game, and the fifth of the Tournament, after Manchester United target Paul Pogba delivered a delicious ball into the box, only for Manuel Neuer to flap at the ball, allowing the Griezmann to calmly finish through the German ‘keepers legs, sealing his countries place in the final against Portugal.

Final

Portugal v France (20:00)

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