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Summary

  1. Portugal through to Euro 2016 final
  2. France or Germany await on Sunday in Paris
  3. Ronaldo heads in powerfully from corner
  4. Nani pokes in from skewed Ronaldo shot

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By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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Match of the Day

You can see highlights of tonight's game on BBC One and at the top of this page right now.

And on that note, we are heading off into the night.

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'For my fatherland, my flag'

Portugal 2-0 Wales

Portugal manager Fernando Santos: "The final on Sunday will be the highest point in my career so far. Professionally speaking it's like any other moment... but it's my flag, my fatherland, my family, my friends, from a personal point of view it's hugely important. 

"Two teams face off tomorrow, I'll try to analyse our opponent, like I said, we're in it to win it."

Fernando Santos
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'Don't care if it's pretty or not'

Portugal 2-0 Wales

Portugal manager Fernando Santos: "Portugal always have a game-plan, an attacking and a defending game-plan. We know we're not the best team in the world, that's our starting point, but we also know it's not easy to beat us. We try to study our opponents to avoid surprises, and ever opponent is different. Today, the game-plan worked.

"I have always said sometimes we have played pretty football, other times not, but our game against Croatia was amazing, a very strategic game. We've been doing what we should do - according to me - and we don't care if it's pretty or not. Today was a prettier game though and that's good for all those watching."

'Coleman is a great coach'

Portugal 2-0 Wales

Portugal manager Fernando Santos: "I expected the game to be different and it was, but there had to be a time when our quality came through. Otherwise it is always the opponents who play poorly. 

"Chris Coleman is a great coach, his team was very well organised, they made it very difficult for us. They had a great run. Two years ago we set a goal for ourselves, myself and the players, that we'd be here two years later. With a lot of unity, cooperation and effort we've reached that goal.

"Now we have a final to play."

Fernando Santos
AFP

How did they rate?

There are six '5s' in the Wales player ratings tonight.

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Chris Coleman consoles Ashley Williams
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Chris Coleman has conducted himself superbly well there. A very gallant news conference. Full of praise for Portugal and his own team.

Where next for Wales? Where next for Chris Coleman?

'They've all been fantastic'

Portugal 2-0 Wales

Wales manager Chris Coleman: "I can't say I'm disappointed with any of my players. They've all been fantastic. The first goal in a game like this, the team that scores it gets a huge boost in confidence, and for us to concede again so quickly afterwards, it's a huge disappointment. 

"I said at half-time, Portugal have paid us a huge compliment by setting up in the way they did, to deny us space, but you have to congratulate them. They had a plan and it worked. They played as a team and once they'd got the two goals it was too difficult for us. We couldn't do it tonight." 

Chris Coleman and Aaron Ramsey
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'Immensely proud'

Portugal 2-0 Wales

Wales manager Chris Coleman: "I'm immensely proud of the players. It's incredible, what they've done, and how they've performed. To get here is amazing but the nature of how they've achieved that too, the only game we didn't show what we are was against England. You can only ask someone to give their best. You win or you lose.

"If you lose and you've given your best, that's how it goes. But I've told the players this isn't the end. Some of them will be here a lot longer than I will be here as manager. We've come through some big tests, it's been a great experience. Now we have to go into the next campaign with the same hunger and desire as we've had over the also three years. 

"I'm prouder of this team than any other team I've been involved in."

'Healthy, positive vibe'

Portugal 2-0 Wales

Wales manager Chris Coleman: "It was important for us to get over thepsychological barrier and qualify for the first tournament. There's nothing like this. It's such a healthy positive vibe, we absolutely loved every minute. We need some more of that. So now, what are we going to do? The only one thing that can stop us will be ourselves, because we're good enough."  

Chris Coleman
AP

Watch highlights

Portugal 2-0 Wales

There was to be no fairytale ending for the Welsh tonight but they certainly gave a good showing of themselves, if you missed the match you can watch highlights here now.

'We pushed them all the way'

Portugal 2-0 Wales

More from Chris Coleman: "This is Portugal's seventh semi-final, they've been here before, this is our first tournament, we pushed them all the way.

"There's loads of positives to take back and we have to make sure this is not the end of a journey, our players have got more, more success in them, we just have to make sure we go and get it."

'First goal was crucial'

Portugal 2-0 Wales

Wales manager Chris Coleman: "The first goal was going to be crucial. The first half, it was a tight match, not much in it. We never really got into our rhythm with the ball, but we have to give credit to Portugal. But we lost our concentration for five minutes and when you're up against quality in a semi-final, you're going to get punished. We've done plenty of winning, it was our turn tonight to lose. It's not a nice feeling, but congratulations to them. I hope they go and win it."

Watch again

Portugal 2-0 Wales

He may have turned down the delights of Stoke for a jaunt to Valencia but you can see exactly why Nani still has it. If you missed his winning goal for Portugal watch it again here.

Watch again

Portugal 2-0 Wales

There was some power in that Ronaldo header, if you missed it earlier you can watch it again here.

'I'm proud of the nation'

PORTUGAL BEAT WALES TO REACH THE FINAL

Wales manager Chris Coleman: "I'm proud of the players, the staff, the whole nation. The supporters have been brilliant every time. I know it's cost them a lot of money and I hope we've repaid that with some happy memories. We've seen the scenes back home, it's been incredible. 

"It still hurts, the fact that we've lost the semi-final, players are gutted but that will subside. When they look back they need to understand they have done their country proud.

"Once you give what you have got, it's always enough, even if you don't get the result."

Coming up on BBC TV

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BBC One

If you fancy watching the highlights later, tune in to BBC One from 22:55 BST. 

Or if you'd rather watch the whole game again in its entirety, BBC Two is the channel you want, from 00:30 BST (01:00 in Scotland).

PORTUGAL BEAT WALES TO REACH THE FINAL

Chris Coleman is out to face the cameras and he instantly praises the supporters in Lyon tonight, and across France for the last month.

Quite right too. 

Chris Coleman claps
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'Thanks to the Greeks...'

Portugal 2-0 Wales

Portugal manager Fernando Santos: "I feel very happy. Happy for the players, for every single Portuguese. For the many Greeks who supported me throughout, especially in the knockout stages. 

"My first game at the helm of the team was two years ago, and our goal was to reach here. Thankfully everything worked out for us. We are stronger, more solid, more united." 

Who would you rather play in the final? France or Germany? "The first final I had in my career somebody said to me: 'Finals are not about playing, they're about winning.'"

A different team

Portugal 2-0 Wales

John Hartson

Ex-Wales striker on BBC Radio 5 live

I've been to every single Wales game here, they've done us all so proud. We were all so emotional against Russia and Belgium. They had the final in touching distance but just fell short. There were one or two efforts from range but we didn't look like the team that beat Belgium, that passed the ball so confidently then. 

Wales fan cries
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'The legacy'

Portugal 2-0 Wales

BBC Radio 5 Live

Former Wales Striker Nathan Blake

Wales
AP

I hope this is just the start for Wales. The legacy now has to be the kids back home at school going on to develop, the Welsh clubs producing players of their own, homegrown talent. I hope this leads to more players emerging who can take us to the European Championship, to the World Cup.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos says he is very happy "for every Portuguese person, and many Greeks."

That's a big list.

'We have to congratulate Wales'

Portugal 2-0 Wales

Portugal defender Cedric Soares: "This is all about winning and that's why we're going to Paris. France and Germany are both amazing teams, but we'll prepare the best we can for the final.

"It's amazing. Incredible to be in the final, it defies description but we've earned this, we deserved the congratulations. We were united, focused, but we have to congratulate Wales too, it was the first time they reached the semis, we knew they were a good team but we came out on top."

Portugal celebrate
AFP

'The bigger picture'

PORTUGAL BEAT WALES TO REACH THE FINAL

Gareth Bale claps
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Wales forward Gareth Bale: "It's very disappointing to be so close to the final but we have to be proud. This is a proud moment for us, we have achieved a lot. We had pride and passion.

"The fans are the best in the world, by far. We wish we could have done it for them. We'd like to thank all the fans at home and all the fans who traveled out and behaved themselves.

"We've had a taste of it now and we look forward to the future. We have confidence. We don't want to turn up to one tournament, it's about the bigger picture." 

'Portugal have a plan'

PORTUGAL BEAT WALES TO REACH THE FINAL

Andy Brassell

European Football Expert on BBC Radio 5 live

Portugal came into this tournament with a plan, and it's a good plan. There is no difference between how they played in qualifying and in the finals, not great football, not great to watch but it gets the job done.

Portugal have looked really solid and once they took the lead you couldn't see Wales getting past them.

Portugal don't care about playing good football. The press have been using the criticism to stoke the fire.

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Admirer Kenny:  Proud Wales at Euro 16; You stood proud, you stood tall; You were first to every ball; The passion, the pride, the will to win Was a joy to watch as the goals flew in; Welsh dragons' hearts beating as one; At Euro 16 you were second to none; Team spirit & unity were 'Par Excellence' As opponents were led a merry dance; Wales we salute you for showing the way, You showed Europe the brave way to play.

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Who next?

PORTUGAL BEAT WALES TO REACH THE FINAL

Germany? Or France?

They are the possible opponents for Portugal now in the Euro 2016 final. They meet tomorrow night in Marseille in a game live on BBC One.

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Stacy Phillips: Don't worry Gareth, at least you can score direct from a free kick...

Ronaldo statfest

PORTUGAL BEAT WALES TO REACH THE FINAL

Cristiano Ronaldo is the first player to play in three Euro semi-finals (also in 2004 and 2012).

Ronaldo also appeared in his 20th Euros finals game, three more than any other player (Buffon and Schweinsteiger on 17).

Ronaldo equalled Michel Platini’s record of nine Euros goals.

Five of Ronaldo’s nine goals have been headers.

This is fourth time Ronaldo has scored and assisted in same Euros finals game, twice as many as any other player (Since 1980).

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Wales
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Neil Cheese: For me, teams of the tournament have to be Iceland and Wales, both on and off the pitch.

demy: Wales need to try to produce more players and coaches so this high doesn't become another low in football.good team.

Lee Parkinson: Unlucky Wales but you have been awesome this tournament it has been great watching you.

First world problem

PORTUGAL BEAT WALES TO REACH THE FINAL

Portugal forward Nani: "I wasn't even able to prepare my celebration, it was mainly instinct.

"We cannot pick and choose our opponent. We have to believe in ourselves and play our best."

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One of football's, maybe life's, psychological questions raised there from Callum.

Is it better to get hammered in a semi-final, or lose like tonight and have a nagging feeling that it could have been so different?

Chris Gunter cries
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Rachel: If anything the match has proved that it's not Bale that's pivotal to Wales, it's Ramsey. The link-up play was missing tonight.

Kyle: Bar a crazy three-minute spell with one lucky goal and poorly defended corner there was nothing between the sides.

Callum Mackenzie: This Welsh team has been incredible, but I can't help but think that Portugal were there for the taking.

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Still friends. 👏 #PORWAL #EURO2016

Still friends. 👏 #PORWAL #EURO2016

'Magnificent fans'

Portugal 2-0 Wales

John Hartson

Ex-Wales striker on BBC Radio 5 live

The Wales fans have been unbelievable. Everybody all over the world people are talking about how well the players have done. But the fans, they haven't stopped, and there's been not an ounce of trouble, magnificent from all of them.

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The Wales players line up, now all bedecked in red T-shirts which say 'thank you' in Welsh and French, and listen as the supporters once more serenade them with the national anthem. 

Spine-tingling stuff. Even 10 minutes after the full-time whistle. 

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John Bennett

BBC World Service

Portugal getting a lot of criticism... I would take being in a final over being entertaining any day & you can't fluke your way to a final.  

PORTUGAL BEAT WALES TO REACH THE FINAL

That performance against Belgium will live long in the memory, that's for sure. 

'One game too far'

Portugal 2-0 Wales

John Hartson

Ex-Wales striker on BBC Radio 5 live

The Wales fans, players, staff have had some huge, momentous moments in this tournament. One was beating Russia, the other beating Belgium, when we were magnificent. But tonight looked just like one game too far.

Wales
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The Wales staff and players form a perfect circle around captain Ashley Williams as he leads a speech. A penny for his thoughts? A superb tournament from the Swansea man.

'Today it went against us'

Portugal 2-0 Wales

BBC Radio 5 Live

Former Wales Striker Nathan Blake

I don't think Wales played that badly, it was just a three-minute spell when the best player in the world turned up. Today it just went against us, there was a little misunderstanding on the defending for the second goal as well.