We've only just to begun to live, believes Bale

Wales' forward Gareth Bale reacts during the Euro 2016 semi-final football match between Portugal and Wales at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium on July 6, 2016.

Sihlangu are within touching distance of a first ever Africa Cup of Nations appearance and new a win in September's away clash to Malawi, to hover any chances of qualifying for next year's tournament, to be hosted by Gabon as one of the best second place finishers.

Portugal hadn't previously won a match in regulation 90 minutes in France, but there would be no late drama here thanks to Ronaldo. Cristiano Ronaldo said here on Wednesday that he believed Portugal can win the title of the European Championship, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

It's remarkable: He came into football as a winger and has developed into a Nat Lofthouse (who has one of the greatest goals-per-game ratios of any player to represent England ). "I hope we will make it a attractive end".

"We've got to be proud of ourselves".

"It does not matter to us whether it is spectacular or not".

Ronaldo finally produced a classic performance in the 2-0 win over Wales - scoring one goal and making one for Nani.

"It was our turn to lose tonight, but I told the players that, whatever the end date was at this tournament, it is not the end for this group of players", Coleman said. Santos says he wants to "strengthen" Ronaldo with some of the characteristics of the other players in the squad.

Portugal, who usually dominate possession but rarely throw caution to the wind, owe as much to their young, versatile, dynamic midfield as to Ronaldo in attack and they gave Wales precious little breathing space on Wednesday. His last - and only - major final with Portugal ended badly, with him in tears after the team lost to Greece at Euro 2004.

Santos, who previously coached Greece at Euro 2012 and the last World Cup, emphasised that Portugal had not given an inch to their opponents once again.

"Probabilities don't win matches", said the Sporting Lisbon star when asked about French hopes of a home win on Sunday. It is now time to prove they are actually worth the combined 100 million Euros they would command on the transfer market (Sanches just moved to Bayern for around 45 million Euros).

The best moment from Bale came when, wide inside his own half, he lured Danilo into an ill-advised challenge, floated past him and then sprinted deep into Portuguese territory before unleashing a low drive that was, however, too close to keeper Rui Patricio.

We have worked like insane to get here. Sunday's Stade de France finale against France or Germany may have evaded them, but Wales return home as heroes - with the chorus of songs that echoed long into the night a sign of the welcome that awaits them.

"Sir Alex told me: "Franz, you can not imagine a harder-working player than Ronaldo".

Wales' achievement of reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2016 is set to be recognised by thousands of fans at a Cardiff homecoming party on Friday afternoon.

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