The semifinal round of the 2016 European Championships begin at Wednesday July 6th as Portugal will meet Wales. The teams begin play from France at 12PM Eastern Time and ESPN TV has the coast to coast broadcast.
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Wales moved onto the semifinal round of Euro 2016 with the 3-1 victory against Belgium in the quarterfinals. The Welsh spotted a 1-0 deficit early in the 13th minute but scored three unanswered goals on the way to victory. The game winner came in the 55th minute by Hal Robson Kanu. There hasn’t been much history in competition between these squads. Wales only loss in this tournament came in their second group game in a 2-1 defeat to England. They earned victories to Slovakia and Russia to move into the knockout stages. Wales faced Northern Ireland in the Round of 16 and were victories 1-0. The Welsh are playing in their first European Championship and last played in the World Cup way back in 1958. Wales has several players who compete in the English Premiere League. Their best player is 26 year old Gareth Bale who plays with Real Madrid. In 23 appearances last season Bale scored 19 goals.
Portugal met up with Poland and needed penalty kicks to advance. The score was tied at 1-1 after regulation and extra time. The Portuguese fell 1-0 early by allowing a goal in the second minute of play. The score was tied at 1-1 in the 33rd minute as Renato Sanches scored. No scoring the rest of the way and Portugal made all five of their penalties and Poland had one critical miss which decided the outcome. Portugal struggled through their group play as they failed to win a game. They drew with Iceland, Austria and Hungary. In the Round of 16 it was Portugal earning a 1-0 victory to Croatia which was their first win in Euro 2016.