Bale Can Smell Euro Glory For Wales

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Paris: Gareth Bale be­lieves Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship glory is in Wales’ hands but warned they can­not look past the next chal­lenge of Portugal. The Real Madrid star hailed his side’s per­for­mance against Bel­gium in the 3-1 win as il­lus­tra­tive that a true team can over­come a tal­ented col­lec­tion of in­di­vid­u­als and vowed to con­tinue that ap­proach in Wed­nes­day’s semi-fi­nal. Bale was also quick to play down the in­evitable hype around his face off with Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, in­sist­ing the fo­cus should be on two na­tions as a whole. “It’s in our hands now,” he said when asked if Wales could go all the way. “We’re go­ing to en­joy the vic­tory but we can’t af­ford to look past the semi-fi­nal, we just have to keep do­ing what we’ve been do­ing and we’ll stick to that.

“It’s just in­cred­i­ble. We knew we had it in us, we ob­vi­ously had a game plan. “We felt we knew Bel­gium well from pre­vi­ous games and we ex­e­cuted the plan amaz­ingly. “We cov­ered ev­ery blade of glass and def­i­nitely de­served the win. “We’ve grown in con­fi­dence, we’ve been learn­ing from mis­takes we’ve made be­fore. I thought we dom­i­nated the first half, we kept the ball very well and we felt very com­fort­able. “We know they’re a very good side with a lot of tal­ented in­di­vid­u­als but we showed what a true team we are.” Wales went be­hind early to Radja Naing­golan’s thun­der­bolt but showed huge char­ac­ter to re­spond and take back con­trol in the game. Ash­ley Wil­liams equalised be­fore half-time with a header, be­fore Hal Rob­son-Kanu scored with a won­der­ful turn and fin­ish to take the lead. Sam Vokes added gloss af­ter com­ing off the bench. The play­ers cel­e­brated wildly on front of their fans at the end, and are aware of the mas­sive im­pact their run has caused back home.

“This is the first time Wales have ad­vanced to the last four of a com­pe­ti­tion, go­ing one stage fur­ther than the team of 1958 who lost to Brazil in the World Cup quar­ter fi­nals. “The fans here and the fans back at home have been in­cred­i­ble,” said Bale. “We love our fans we try to in­te­grate with them all the time. “It’s go­ing to be an amaz­ing day for the semi-fi­nal, we’ve al­ready made his­tory and hope­fully we can make more.

“We’re just en­joy­ing be­ing here, we’re en­joy­ing the ride. It’s our time and we look for­ward to the semi-fi­nal. “We’re very proud at what the ‘58 team did. “They had some amaz­ing play­ers. But we’ve al­ways spo­ken that this is our time to shine. “We’ve def­i­nitely done that.” And his duel with Real team­mate Ron­aldo?

“It’s Portugal ver­sus Wales, noth­ing more,” he said. The Daily Mail

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