Joe Ledley claims 'frustrating' Cristiano Ronaldo didn't do much against Wales

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Despite making their way to the Euro 2016 semi-finals having not won a game in normal time, Portugal delivered when it mattered most by beating Wales 2-0 on Wednesday night.

After a somewhat underwhelming first half, the game finally came to life when Cristiano Ronaldo rose highest from a corner to head his side in front before Nani added a second minutes later.

Wales were ultimately unable to recover the deficit but exited the tournament as heroes.


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Ronaldo's dream of guiding Portugal to European glory lives on, then, but it would seem his performance at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais left a bad taste with midfielder Joe Ledley.

In a surprise and perhaps uncalled for attack, the Crystal Palace midfielder has criticised Ronaldo's display, even using the word "useless" to express his feelings.

According to the Telegraph, he said: "He’s one of those players who frustrates you.

"He’s never in the game compared to Gareth [Bale]. He’s always in the game, always on the ball, always wanting it, always dribbling and always trying to do something.

“They were two crappy goals. Ronaldo’s shot was useless. Normally he hits them from there but he scuffled the cross for a tap-in.

"With the header, the guy can leap, but apart from that he didn’t really do anything in the game.”

One would assume Ledley isn't a fan of Ronaldo's based on his scathing assessment.

“You can’t disagree with his ability," the 29-year-old added. "He’s a fantastic player, one of the best in the world.

"But we just had one of those days where things he did came off. He’s now in the final and you wish him well."

For Ledley, missing key players - such as Aaron Ramsey - played a damaging role in the end result.

"They gave us a lot of respect in the game, sitting back and letting us have the ball. We tried to play our game but their system worked and in the end ours didn’t.

"We were missing key players. We want to achieve better things than this and hopefully we can do that with the World Cup.”

Nevertheless, Sunday's final beckons for Ronaldo and co. where they will face hosts France, who secured their own place after beating Germany 2-0.

Joachim Low's side dominated proceedings for much of the 90 minutes but fell to a brace from Antoine Griezmann, who converted a dubious first-half penalty.

France are favourites heading into the clash but a side boasting a player of Ronaldo's quality can never be ruled out.

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