Bale: Wales dreaming of Euro title but first comes Portugal semi

Wales are dreaming of winning Euro 2016 but first comes a difficult semi-final task against Portugal, star forward Gareth Bale said on Monday.

Bale brushed aside fitness concerns after he did not train with the team Monday, telling a news conference he just needed an extra day of rest ahead of Wednesday's game in Lyon.

There Bale will run into his Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo but he warned that the game should not be reduced to a duel between the two stars.

"It's not just about two players, it's about two nations in a semi-final," Bale said. "Ronaldo is a fantastic player, but we talk about what we can do and don't worry about the opposition. It's about how we perform as a team."

Looking at the big picture, Bale said: "It's a dream to win the tournament, but our aim is to make sure we win the next game against Portugal. There are no stars in our team, we all get along like brothers. We just take each game as it comes and it's going well so far.

"We can't think past this semi-final and we want to get the job done and get through the final ... We aren't going to fear anything and we're going play the best football we can. Hopefully that's good enough."

Wales are coming off an impressive 3-1 over fancied Belgium but have playmaker Aaron Ramsey and defender Ben Davies suspended.

Portugal beat Poland on penalties to reach the semis for the fourth time in five editions of the tournament, with William Carvalho suspended and injury concerns around defender Pepe, another Madrid team-mate of Bale on the Portuguese side.

"It would be a big loss if he doesn't play but if he does he will make things very difficult for us," Bale said of Pepe.

The semi-final is Wales' biggest ever football game, after the win against Belgium eclipsed the 1958 World Cup quarter-final against Brazil.

"It's the most honoured I have felt. To have been involved in our country's biggest game," Bale said, hoping to make "more history" on Wednesday.

Last update: Mon, 04/07/2016 - 16:03
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