‘Wales-Portugal, not Bale-Ronaldo’

Gareth Bale insists Wednesday’s Euro 2016 semi-final will be between Wales and Portugal, not him and Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

The build-up to Wednesday’s last-four clash has centred on how Bale will fare against Ronaldo, given past claims of discord between the pair and their hopes of a podium finish at next year’s Ballon d’Or gala, but the Welshman was in no mood to fuel such talk before the game.

“It’s not about two players, it is about two nations in a semi-final, 11 men against 11 men,” he said at a Press conference, BBC Sport reports.

“Of course we get on very well at Madrid, we enjoy playing with each other.

“He’s a fantastic player, everybody knows what he can do. But we have always spoken about what we do, what we do ourselves as a team. We don't worry about the opposition.

“We all believed from the start. As we have said many times, we didn’t come here to make up the numbers.

“We came here to do a job, we came to do the business. Ultimately we want to win the tournament.

“We know we're a step closer again but, the thing we keep saying time and time again, we can't think past the semi-final now.

“We have to concentrate everything on the semi. If we can get the job done, then we can look forward to the final.”

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