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Euro 2016 semi-final player ratings: Portugal 2-0 Wales

Portugal's Nani celebrates at the end of the game

PORTUGAL

Rui Patrício 6

Saved comfortably from Bale midway through the first half and had very little to do throughout. Made a couple of solid, but straightforward saves from long range late on.

Cédric Soares 6

Pushed on quite a bit, sending in numerous good cross from the right. Took a pointless shot from 35 yards over after half an hour but he solid without possession.

Bruno Alves 5

An obvious downgrade on Pepe, his lack of speed was exemplified by Robson-Kanu speeding past him so easily after 25 minutes. Yellow carded in the second half.

José Fonte 7

Did well to intercept a Robson-Kanu cross from the right with King lurking menacingly behind. Had a good attempt entering the final 20 minutes, heading a corner just wide.

Raphael Guerreiro 6

Provided the delivery for the opening goal and pinned back Chris Gunter sufficiently, which was tactically at least quite important. Had a simple evening in terms of defending

Danilo 6
Coming in for William Carvalho, he took a while to get going. Made a naive sliding challenge to allow Bale speed past in the first half but also went close to scoring a third.

João Mário 6

Had a low shot from just inside box dragged wide after 16 minutes and fluttered about midfield with plenty of intent – though the end product was often lacking.

Renato Sanches 6

Appeared quite unhappy to be taken off 17 minutes from the end but that was more down to his performance than the manager’s decision. Bright start but faded rapidly.

Adrien Silva 6

Provided a teasing cross for Ronaldo from the left wing late in first half and was comfortable in possession without any truly blistering moments.

Nani 7
Not especially prominent in the opening half but he got a stretched leg to Ronaldo’s scuffed shot after getting a yard in front of Collins to score the second – his third of the tournament.

Cristiano Ronaldo 8

Early claim for a penalty waved away but made his impact count eventually with that typically brilliant header. Also had an assist – from a scuffed shot. Set a leaders’ example.

WALES

Wayne Hennessey 5

Not much he could have done for either goal, particularly the second which was from such close range his time to react was minimal, but parried a couple of later shots nervously.

Chris Gunter 5

The wing back could not get forward as often as in other games, giving perhaps his least impressive performance of the tournament. Did OK defensively but ultimately muted.

James Chester 5

Comfortable first half but it went wrong after the interval when losing Ronaldo from the corner for the opening goal. He was booked just after the hour for a foul on the same player.

Ashley Williams 6

Made a delicious tackle on Ronaldo inside three minutes, sliding in and winning the ball with his right boot, that looked to set the tone early on. Caught out of position for second goal.

James Collins 6

Lucky not to concede a penalty when heading away Cédric Soares’ cross with Ronaldo about to leap, putting a hand around his neck, but was aerially dominant before being taken off.

Neil Taylor 6

Handled Sanches well but, much like Gunter, his attacking opportunities were limited. Perhaps it was caginess but Wales suffered by him being penned back.

Joe Ledley 6

Clever corner to Bale early on, which the Real Madrid striker drove over. Worked tirelessly in midfield but was sacrificed less than an hour in for the more attack-minded Sam Vokes.

Joe Allen 5

Conceded two early fouls, the second leading to a booking seven minutes in and never really took control. After a fine tournament, it was a disappointing note to end on.

Andy King 6

He was never going to be a direct replacement for Ramsey because they are such different players but worked hard and got forward. Almost got on to a low cross from Bale early on.

Hal Robson-Kanu 6

Carried through plenty of confidence from that performance against Belgium and gave Bruno Alves a tough time at the start but was spent by the hour and swapped with Simon Church.

Gareth Bale 7

Lively from the off, making a darting run past Danilo. He threatened from range on numerous occasions but was never allowed close enough to do real damage. Still Wales’ best player.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Alan Smith, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 6th July 2016 22.03 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010

 

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