Friday 9 December 2016

Watch: Alex Ferguson reckons even Spielberg couldn't have scripted Wales' run to the Euros semi-final

Tom Rooney

Published 06/07/2016 | 18:21

Alex Ferguson has said that Wales’ incredible journey to the semi-finals has been the high point of the European Championships, and that he wouldn’t be the slightest bit surprised if they bettered Portugal tonight.

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Wales have gone from strength to strength since losing to England in their second group game and, now, are just hours away from the biggest game in the nation’s history.

Their comeback 3-1 victory over Belgium, pre tournament favourites, in the quarter final was unquestionably the shock result in France to date - even outshining Iceland’s antics against a rudderless England.

Few could admit to be being unmoved by this improbable tilt towards European glory, especially when considering Wales have not been in a major competition since the 1958 World Cup.

The former Manchester United manager has loved every minute of the exploits of Bale and co, and fully appreciated the style of play they’ve employed – part collective effort, part  technically proficient.

“It’s been the story, it’s made the European Championships. Wales and Iceland, it has to be said. But because it is on our island, Wales’ story is fantastic,” Ferguson told BBC Sport.

“Nobody could have made that. The best film director in the world couldn’t have fashioned what’s happened. It’s been absolutely magnificent.

“And the game against Belgium, I had a slight feeling that they could win it. After the first goal, you thought it was a challenge, but from there on they absolutely outplayed them.

“The confidence that they had on the ball, the belief that they should play football – it was absolutely brilliant, and they deserved to win that game.”

This evening, without the suspended Aaron Ramsey, Wales must navigate Portugal, who have been praiseworthy if unexceptional. Ferguson reckons Chris Coleman might be able to conjure at least one more memorable night.

“And now they’re into the semi final and the story has not ended, they could beat Portugal. I think the manager has done a fantastic job, I really do.”

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