Tuesday 16 July 2019

Video: Cristiano Ronaldo in classy gesture to Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale following Portugal win

Wales' Gareth Bale (left) and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo embrace
Wales' Gareth Bale (left) and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo embrace

Real Madrid team-mates Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale shared an emotional embrace following Portugal's Euro 2016 semi-final win over Wales.

Bale insisted Wales should be proud at having defied expectations by reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

Goals from Ronaldo and Nani meant their journey ended a game from the final, but the Real Madrid man still took great pride in their achievements over the last five weeks.

"We're massively disappointed, but we've got to be proud of ourselves first and foremost," Bale told ITV.

"We've given everything on and off the pitch and tried to enjoy the experience of the tournament.

"We want to thank all the fans because the support we've had has been absolutely incredible.

"Naturally we're disappointed. Maybe we felt we should have got more out of the game. They got the first goal and were a bit lucky on the second.

"We tried our hardest to get back into the game and fought until the last second. We're sorry we couldn't get to the final, but we gave everything.

"They shut up shop quite well and limited our opportunities, so fair do's to them.

"We gave everything and have no regrets. We're a proud nation and are proud of what we achieved.

"Obviously we'd have loved to get to the final and challenge for the trophy, but it wasn't to be."

Bale's Real Madrid team-mate Ronaldo nodded home the opener in Portugal's 2-0 victory.

"He's a natural goalscorer and he scored yet again," Bale said.

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