Wales' forward Gareth Bale reacts during the Euro 2016 semi-final football match between Portugal and Wales at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Décines-Charpieu, near Lyon, on July 6, 2016. / AFP / MARTIN BUREAU
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Gareth Bale believes Wales made a nation proud in their unprecedented run to the Euro 2016 semi-finals and backed Chris Coleman's men to reach the World Cup in Russia in two years' time.Bale's Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo ended Welsh dreams of reaching Sunday's final as he powered home the opener before teeing up Nani for a quickfire second as Portugal emerged 2-0 victors in Lyon.However, Bale reflected upon an incredible rise for Wales from 117 in the world rankings less than five years ago to their first ever semi-final in a major tournament.West Ham defender James Collins had come into the Wales side due to the suspension of Ben Davies.He kept Ronaldo quiet for long spells, but lamented the split second when the three-time world player of the year showed his true class.
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