Euro 2016 Semi Finals Preview

We have all the results from the quarter-finals at the European Championship, the complete list of semi-finalists is known. We take a look at what's still to come at Euro 2016.

If you missed some of the results, you can check it out here:

So let's take a look at the semi-finals:

1. Portugal vs Wales

Portugal didn't shine in the group stage and qualified to the knockout stage despite failing to win a single match in Group F. In the round of 16 they faced Croatia and it looked all-but-certain there will be shootout until a decisive goal in the 117th minute from Ricardo Quaresma.

Then in the quarter-final they faced Poland and the game finished 1-1 after extra-time and penalties were needed to decide who will qualify into the semi-finals. The portuguese players kept their calm and scored all their penalties while Poland missed won and it finished 5-3.

Wales topped group B pulling off some storming results with Gareth Bale scoring in every game, showing outstanding form. In the round of 16 they faced Northern Ireland in an all british encounter neither of the teams impressed, but Wales qualified after a late own goal from McAuley.

In the quarter-final they eliminated Belgium, one of the teams that were expected to reach the final. But Wales put on an excellent display despite being led by the opposition, they equalised before half-time and scored two more times in the second half to achieve a historical victory 3-1.

Portugal and Wales met only three times in their history and never in a competitive game. Portugal has the upper hand winning two games the first in 1949 and the second victory came in their most recent encounter in 2000. Wales have won one game in 1951.

The key players are Cristiano Ronaldo for the Portuguese and Gareth Bale for Wales, even though Ronaldo didn't impress except the game against Hungary when he scored two goals. Bale was the most important man for Wales in the group stage of the competition when he scored once in each of the three games his team played.

Home Result Away
Portugal
vs Wales

2. France vs Germany

France topped group A after two "last minute" wins over Romania and Albania then drawing against Switzerland. They haven't always shown what the home fans were expecting, but enough to get the job done. In the last 16 they were one goal down until Antoine Griezmann's double in just three minutes. They won 2-1.

In the quarter-finals they fulfilled every expectation with an excellent display against Iceland. The home side won comfortably 5-2, in the competitions record game for most goals so far.

Germany topped their group without conceding a goal showing a good form and an offensive play. In the round of 16 they put in an impressive display against Slovakia winning 3-0.

In the quarter-finals they had a tough opponent in Italy, the Germans opened the score sheet in the second half but the Azzurri equalised, sending the game in extra-time. The winner was decided in the penalty shootout, where both teams missed a lot, but Germany came out victorious in the end 6-5.

France and Germany have played 27 times against each other, France having the advantage with 12 wins, 5 draws and 10 victories for Germany. But if we look at the competitive games, Germany have won two World Cup semi-finals against France(1982 and 1986) and they also eliminated France in the 2014 World Cup in the quarter-finals.

In the first semi-final it was much easier to choose one key player from each team. France and Germany have many great players Griezmann, Payet, Pogba on one side, Ozil, Kroos and Muller on the other side just to mention a few.

Home Result Away
France
vs Germany

Quarter-final results


Euro 2016 results and schedule

Euro 2016 results and schedule

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