The semi finals of Euro 2016 start tonight with Wales v Portugal the game that no one expected to be a semi final game, especially after Portugal haven’t won a game in normal time all tournament and Wales who everyone expect would find it difficult to get out of their group.
The Wales V Portugal game should be a fascinating game with Wales coming of a fantastic 3-1 win over Belgium and Portugal having come through the tournament not really playing the way people would have expected. Portugal have been fairly poor this tournament and haven’t won a game in normal time, while Wales have looked fantastic and only lost to England in the last five minutes of that game. The real talking point of this game will of course be of Bale v Ronaldo, but Wales are more of a team and do not relay on Bale while Portugal have some very talented players but they just don’t seem to be clicking in this tournament.
In the second semi final on Thursday night the hosts France will be taking on Germany who have possibly been the best team in the Euros so far. Germany are missing quite a few key players such as Hummels, Khedira and Gomez, while France have Rami and Kante back from suspension. It will be interesting to see how both these teams line up with the players currently available to them, with France playing the best attacking football against Iceland with Griezmann playing through the middle and no defensive midfielder. While Germany will have no out and out striker to play of front so will they play Muller there or go back to playing Gotze as a false number nine. France will also have to take into consideration that Germany are probably the best team they have played in this tournament so far, so what worked against Iceland will probably not work the same way against a very good German side.
The two semi finals look like real tasty affairs and we will know by Thursday night who will be playing in the final on Sunday in Paris.