10 pictures that capture the emotion, passion and pride of the Euro 2016 semis

first_imgEuro 2016 is approaching its climax and what a tournament it has been.There was a touch of fate in France’s progression to the Paris final, beating world champions Germany in Marseille just months after a friendly meeting between the two sides was interrupted by horrific terrorist attacks in the French capital.The host nation will now meet Portugal, who made the final two thanks to the inspirational Cristiano Ronaldo, whose magnificent headed opener put his side on the path to victory over Wales.Despite falling short in the last four, the Welsh have probably achieved more in this tournament than any other nation, including the finalists and the memorable Icelandic team.Take a look at our gallery of fantastic frozen in time pictures from the past week’s action, plus a memorable moment from Wales’ magnificent quarter-final victory. 8. Heaven and heartbreak – The contrast between German and French emotions is clear to see. 5. And proud Welsh fans – If there was one thing more impressive than Wales’ performances on the pitch, it was the support they received off it. 10. Dragons fly – This picture was actually taken after Wales’ incredible 3-1 quarter-final win over fancied Belgium, but we wanted to sign off this week’s Frozen In Time gallery with a moment that summed up the elation this Home Nation brought to the tournament. 10 10 3. The Real deal – Team-mates for Madrid, rivals for Wales and Portugal, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have inspired both their teams to reach heights few expected of them before the Euros kicked off. 10 10 10 4. Proud Welshman – Bale’s commitment to the Welsh cause shone through. 10 1. French fate? This could well be the defining image of the tournament so far, as France came together in scenes of joy, with a final now to look forward to. Take a look at another nine stunning images from the Euro 2016 semi-finals, just click the arrow above – It’s only football, but France reaching the Euro 2016 final can only help a nation that’s been rocked by problems away from the pitch in the recent past. 10 9. Triumphe – French fans flocked to Paris’ most famous landmarks to celebrate reaching the final. 2. Giant leap forward for Portugal – Ronaldo towered above the Welsh defence to power his nation into the Euro 2016 final. 6. Germany pay the penalty – A hero of the 2014 World Cup, Bastian Schweinsteiger was penalised for handball just before half-time, gifting France the chance to go 1-0 up. 10 10 7. Griezmann at the double – Antoine Griezmann scored twice to take his finals tally to six goals and make him the toast of the host nation. 10last_img

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