Gareth Bale says Wales “can have no regrets” after a 2-0 loss to Portugal in the Euro 2016 semi-final ended their hopes of a first major tournament win. Two goals in three second-half minutes sealed their fate in Lyon. “We have to be proud of ourselves,” the forward said. “We have given everything on the pitch and off the pitch and tried to enjoy the experience.”
Prime Minister David Cameron said Wales had “inspired a nation and made Britain proud” with their exploits in France. First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones said he was “sad it’s over” but “very proud again”. Chris Coleman’s side upset the odds to reach the last four as the likes of England, Italy, Spain and Croatia were knocked out in earlier rounds.
But he admitted: “It hurts that we lost. The players are gutted, but they need to look back and see they have done their country proud.”