Wales set for historic game with Portugal

Wales are preparing for the biggest game in their history when they play Portugal in Lyon on Wednesday for a place in the final of Euro 2016.

Chris Coleman’s side have already enjoyed a memorable run to reach their first semi-final at their only major tournament since 1958.

England were the last British team to reach the final of a World Cup or European Championship 50 years ago.

“We’ll be the underdogs, but we believe in each other,” said manager Coleman.

Jonathan Ford, chairman of the Football Association of Wales, said: “It is history in the making, it’s a dream come true.

“These players will run through brick walls for us. This has been a fantastic demonstration of team spirit, team morale, teamwork.

“Sport and culture are the two things that really help us define Wales and the Welsh people.”

More than half of Wales’ population of three million are expected to watch their country take on regular European semi-finalists Portugal – eclipsing the national television record for a sporting event, which was only set on Friday for their 3-1 quarter-final victory over Belgium.

The Prince of Wales sent the team a “huge good luck” message, saying: “I’m sure they have got a very good chance of beating Portugal. Everyone here will be keeping their fingers crossed.”

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