With Portugal facing Wales tonight, the match brings together two of the superstars of world football. Here we take a look at how their tournaments have gone so far.
As most observers would agree, Bale has had a good tournament scoring 3 goals and is in with a good shout of being top goalscorer should Wales go all the way to the final. The change in some of his attacking stats since before the Belgium game make interesting reading though.
|Shots per game||4.2||7.2|
|Key passes per game||0.8||1.6|
|Dribbles per game||4||0.4|
Bale's shots per game has dropped from 4.8 to 4.2 after that game and his dribbles per game have dropped form 4.8 to 4. This shows that Bale was more effective during the group stage, when the opposition was not as strong or as organised as some of the better teams at the tournament.
Belgium did a good job of stifling Bale's potency and reducing the opportunities he had to run at their defence. The only problem was that the rest of the Wales team were excellent, in particular Aaron Ramsey, who picked up two assists in the game. His suspension for the Portugal match is a real blow for Wales and if Portugal can do a similar job on Bale, Wales could find it difficult to make an impact in the final third.
Ronaldo, on the other hand, has had more shots than anyone else at Euro 2016 having 7.2 shots per game. While Ronaldo has been relatively quiet at this tournament, Portugal have been able to call upon Nani and Renato Sanches to pitch in with a significant amount of goals. It's a case of trying to stop all three of those players rather than just Ronaldo for Wales, which will be a very tall order.
Renato Sanches' best odds to score first in the match are a massive 15/1, while Nani is 11/2 to score first and 12/5 anytime.
On the other side, Jonny Williams has often come off the bench to fill the Ramsey role and could make an impact from the start here. His best odds to score first are 26/1 and 9/1 to score anytime.