Fans exploded with joy as Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal completed their landmark win over Wales to reach the Euro 2016 finalLISBON: Tens of thousands of fans packed into one of Lisbon's main squares exploded with joy as Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal completed their landmark win over Wales to reach the Euro 2016 final.
Wales kept their opponents quiet in the first half but could not recover the two-goal deficit, ending a scintillating run that has captivated millions back home and turned their players into heroes.
"They could only give what they had and we looked a bit exhausted tonight", he told reporters.
Joe Ledley described one of Cristiano Ronaldo's efforts in the Euro 2016 semi-finals as "useless", with the Wales midfielder claiming the Portugal captain "did not really do anything in the game" apart from score.
"Tonight was one too far for us, but I've told them all how proud I am of them, the nation is proud of them".
Speaking on the game Coleman gave Santos' side credit for the way they defended, despite the absence of their star centre-back Pepe.
Bale's Real Madrid team-mate Ronaldo nodded home the opener in Portugal's 2-0 victory.
Portugal, meanwhile, will travel to Paris for Sunday's final, where they will play either France or Germany.
Ronaldo rose majestically above the Welsh defence to head the first goal.
We want to know what you think about Wales's journey and what message you have for the team. We still haven't won anything, but the dream's still alive.
On asked about the 2004 final, he said: "This is different. This is a proud moment for us, we have achieved a lot". "I can't explain the emotions that have overcome me", said the 29-year-old who has just completed a move to Spanish side Valencia. We got through to the knockout stages and when you think Nani, Renato [Sanches] and [Ricardo] Quaresma have all scored. It's a dream, I've always said, to win something with Portugal. "We've given everything on the pitch, off the pitch".
"We believe in ourselves, we have always believed".
"We can be a better side from it", Bale said.
Portugal, losing their only previous final to Greece in 2004, will fight for the title against the victor of the other match between hosts France and world champions Germany, which will be held in Marseille on Thursday, Xinhua news agency reported.
"I wished them good luck and, as for the rest, I would rather not say".