Ginge's Dragons bow out at semi-final stage

  • James Collins and Wales were beaten by Portugal in the Euro 2016 semi-finals
  • Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani sealed the victory in Lyon
  • The Dragons enjoyed a fantastic tournament in France, surpassing the expectations of many
James Collins’ Wales were left heartbroken in Lyon as they were beaten 2-0 in the UEFA Euro 2016 semi-final against Portugal.
Goals from former Manchester United men Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani secured the victory which ended Chris Coleman’s side’s superb campaign in France.
The last-four tie was Collins’ first start in the tournament after suspension to Ben Davies had given him an opportunity to play his part for the Dragons.
And Wales were defensively superb during the opening 45 minutes, limiting superstar Ronaldo to few opportunities and snuffing out any Portugal attacks, with Ginge particularly impressing.
But five minutes into the second half, the Real Madrid forward rose highest from a corner to break the deadlock, heading past Wayne Hennessey, before his ball into the box three minutes later was stabbed home by Nani for the second.
Despite their best attempts, Collins’ side could not cut Portugal’s advantage, and Fernando Santos’ team secured their place in a second European Championship final.
Even after their elimination, Wales will be extremely proud of their achievements in France, where they performed well beyond the expectations of many.
Collins, who was substituted in the 65th minute in Lyon, also made an appearance in his side’s incredible 3-1 victory over Belgium in the quarter-finals.
Portugal will now, in Paris, face either Dimitri Payet’s France or world champions Germany in the final on Sunday 10 July.