Wales coach Chris Coleman praised his “soldiers” after a shock 3-1 win over Belgium at Euro 2016 took the country to their first major tournament semifinal.
Coleman says: “I know my team are good enough to perform against anybody. We defended like soldiers, our performance was fantastic. The whole experience is unchartered.”
The stunning victory against a side ranked second in the world was the greatest result in Welsh soccer history and will embolden the players when they meet Portugal on Wednesday to fight for a place in the final.
Second-half goals from Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes sealed Wales’ triumph after captain Ashley Williams’ first-half header cancelled out an early strike from Radja Nainggolan.
Man-of the-match Robson-Kanu said: “We were underdogs to even qualify but knew the quality in our group. The performance today is a credit to everyone.
“We kept to our game-plan. We’ve got world-class players – we can be as solid as a rock defensively. With those two combined we stand a good chance.”
On a sour note for Wales, though, they will be without midfielder Aaron Ramsey for their semi after he picked up a booking that has ruled him out of the match.
Boss Coleman says: “I’m gutted for Aaron. He’s been one of the best players of the tournament.”