EURO 2016

Bale and Coleman hail the Welsh wonder at Euro 2016

EURO 2016By Kevin Palmer
Bale the talisman for Wales
Bale the talisman for Wales

Gareth Bale paid tribute to his Wales team-mates as they stormed into the Euro 2016 semi-finals after a 3-1 win against Belgium.

The Welsh nation erupted with joy as Ashley Williams, Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes saw the goal to see off a star-studded Belgium side, setting up a last four clash with Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal next Wednesday.

"We fought as hard as anyone," said an elated Bale. "We covered every blade of grass. I think we deserve to be in the semi-finals. We believe in ourselves. We know what we're doing.

"It feels incredible. We fully believed we could get this far. We said we'd give it a good go. We're enjoying the journey.

"We'll go into the semi-final with confidence. We can't afford to look past that game. 

"We'll do our homework and work on our game plan. It's not long before the next game. I'm sure there'll be a few celebrations but not too much.

"It means everything. Our fans were 10 times as loud despite there being much more Belgians in the crowd. We'll enjoy the journey together."

Emotional Wales boss Chris Coleman offered up these words for his heroes in red, on a night that will live long in the memory for a coach who was on the brink of the sack four years ago.

"When you have players like Aaron Ramsey, Gareth Bale and Joe Allen, you've got to play football," said Coleman. 

"Get the best out of your best players, and you get the best out of your team. 

"Our only gripe in the England game was we didn't pass the ball - we have in every other game.

"We wanted to come and show people we can be a very offensive team. And we've done that."