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Bale and Wales suffered heartache at the semi-final stage.

Gareth Bale "proud" of Wales as Euro dream ends

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Gareth Bale was unable to put on the masterclass he would have liked as Wales lost 2-0 to Portugal in the semi-final of Euro 2016. 

In the tournament's battle of the Galacticos, it was Cristiano Ronaldo who instead came out on top, leading his side to the final. 

And yet, it was Wales who attracted many of the plaudits, having left the tournament with their head held high. 

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Bale proud 

That was a sentiment echoed by Bale, who after being embraced by Madrid team-mate Ronaldo, hailed Wales, telling ITV: 

"We're disappointed but we're a proud nation. We're proud of what we've achieved."

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Take a look at his interview here: 

The Dragons truly upset the odds to reach the last four, beating Belgium, one of the favourites, along the way. 

The underdogs 

Although Bale was unable to be the difference against Portugal, the former Spurs and Southampton man was key in getting them there, scoring three goals in six games. 

Chris Coleman also echoed his pride after the game, looking back at what has been a truly memorable campaign. 

And with plenty of promise in their talented young side, Wales can surely look forward to a bright future and even the participation in plenty of future tournaments. 

Portugal will now face either France or Germany in the final. 

Did Gareth Bale have a better Euros than Cristiano Ronaldo? Have your say in the comments. 

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