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Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani send Portugal into Euro 2016 final

Cristiano Ronald and Nani struck in quick-fire succession early in the second half on Wednesday night and Portugal defeated Wale 2-0 in the Euro 2016 semi-final.
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani celebrate with teammates during their Euro 2016 semi-final victory on Wednesday night. Carl Recine / Reuters / July 6, 2016
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani celebrate with teammates during their Euro 2016 semi-final victory on Wednesday night. Carl Recine / Reuters / July 6, 2016

Portugal 2 Wales 0

POR: Ronaldo 50’; Nani 53’

Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani struck in quick succession early in the second half to fire Portugal to a 2-0 win over Wales in the first Euro 2016 semi-final on Wednesday.

After a tense and tactical first half, Ronaldo broke the deadlock five minutes after the re-start when he leapt majestically to head Raphael Guerreiro’s pinpoint cross into the net following a short corner.

Ronaldo inadvertently set up the second three minutes later with a mis-hit shot which Nani deflected in past Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

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Portugal, who also reached the European Championship final in 2004 when they lost to Greece, will play Germany or France in the final on Sunday.

Ronaldo and Nani each took their tallies in the tournament to three goals as Portugal won a game inside 90 minutes for the first time at Euro 2016.

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Updated: July 7, 2016 04:00 AM

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