On the biggest night in their football history, Wales beat Belgium 3-1 to arrive at the semi-finals of Euro 2016. Second-half goals from Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes isolate a stunning comeback winning for Chris Coleman’s men after Ashley Williams had regularized Radja Nainggolan’s early strike in Lille. The result comes as Wales will play in the first major semi-final in their past against Portugal in Lyon on Wednesday after knocking out the number two side in FIFA’s world rankings.
Wales vs. Belgium
A first semi-final performance at the biggest tournament awaits Wales as they ready for a clash with Belgium, the highest-ranked European side. Eight goals without respond in the past three games will give the Belgians a lot of confidence ahead of Friday’s quarter-final. But Wales captured four points off Belgium and are already making history at their maiden European Championship.
When it comes to Wales, it all starts with Bale. The world’s most costly footballer has undoubtedly appreciated himself greatly as the leader of a happy, united team. Possibly the explaining image of Bale’s tournament came after Wales beat Northern Ireland 1-0. The easy going playtime with his toddler daughter on the Parc des Princes field presented a man seemingly free of stress. Bale has delivered three goals and one assist puts him top of the Golden Boot table and his 12 goal attempts on target is also the most at Euro 2016.
The defender narrated by Bale this week as “priceless, he’s the rock, the captain.” He is called as Wales star because Williams was slowed ahead of facing Belgium by an injury to his left shoulder, generate by an accident with a teammate in the round of 16. It has been a harsh tournament for the 31-year-old Swansea defender. His misguided header teed up Jamie Vardy to level for England in a group game Wales led but lost 2-1. Still, Wales coach Chris Coleman won’t rest Williams unless he has no options. From his 63 games for Wales, Williams has played all 14 in qualifying and here in France. Only Bale and defender Chris Gunter can match that record.
Of all the Arsenal players at Euro 2016, with eight different teams, Ramsey has been possibly the most successful. Only Eden Hazard of Belgium has more assists than Ramsey’s two. While rivals must have a master plan for containing Bale, Ramsey gives an extra threat as the Wales No. 10. Their 33 career goals for Wales, 22 for Bale, 11 for Ramsey are more than rest of the squad joined.
Wales’ Joe Allen is often compared to Spain’s Xavi Hernandez or Italy’s Andrea Pirlo. Allen is at the heart of the national team after being on the fringes for much of the season at Liverpool. One of many past and present Swansea players in a squad which looks as close as a club team under Coach Chris Coleman.
The best player for Wales in the 23-man Euro 2016 squad. Gunter will make his 72nd performance if, as awaited, he lines up at right wing-back against Belgium. Still, it is believable that 73rd game in a semifinal next Wednesday that has become a family affair for Gunter. Gunter revealed this week that several family members were already flying to Mexico ahead of the quarterfinal. Belgium has been known as a team of star-studded players. They finally gelled together against Hungary in a 4-0 rout. Here are the 5 players from the Red Devils who could prove to be far too much to handle for Chris Coleman’s Wales.