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Euro 2016 Match preview (Wales vs Portugal): Bale has score to settle with Cristiano Ronaldo

Gareth Bale of Spurs shows his dejection as Real Madrid goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates beside him

Gareth Bale has inspired Wales to their first ever major tournament semi-final but has another score to settle as his side prepare to take on Portugal on Wednesday evening.

Much has been made of the forward coming up against his Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, and Bale has yet to taste victory in five matches against his colleague.

The pair have never faced each other in a full international – their countries last meeting in 2000 in Chaves, Portugal prevailing 3-0.

Bale made his Tottenham debut against Ronaldo’s United shortly after joining the London club in August 2007, but the Portguese missed the Old Trafford match through suspension.

The Welshman then missed two later meetings that season with a foot injury and was an unused substitute as Spurs drew 0-0 with United at White Hart Lane in December 2008.

The pair finally lined up against each other in January 2009.

24 January 2009: Manchester United 2-1 Tottenham

Gareth Bale watches on as Cristiano Ronaldo passes against Tottenham at Old Trafford

Gareth Bale watches on as Cristiano Ronaldo passes against Tottenham at Old Trafford

Both players started this FA Cup fourth round encounter at Old Trafford before substituted halfway through the second period. Neither played scored or assisted as United came from behind to reach the last sixteen.

1 March 2009: Manchester United 0-0 Tottenham [after extra time; 4-1 on penalties]

Cristiano Ronaldo scores his penalty in the shoot-out at Wembley

Cristiano Ronaldo scores his penalty in the shoot-out at Wembley

Ronaldo played the full 120 minutes while Bale only came on for the final 20 minutes of extra-time in this Capital One Cup final at Wembley. Ronaldo scored United’s third spot-kick in the shoot-out as United prevailed to lift the trophy. The United man was also booked.

25 April 2009: Manchester United 5-2 Tottenham

Cristiano Ronaldo scores his first against Spurs from the spot at Old Trafford

Cristiano Ronaldo scores his first against Spurs from the spot at Old Trafford

Ronaldo started and played the whole match, scoring two goals and setting up another as United came from behind again to beat Spurs for the third time in three months. Bale entered the fray with four minutes remainig at Old Trafford with the scoring already completed. Ronaldo was again booked.

5 April 2011: Real Madrid 4-0 Tottenham

Gareth Bale takes on Sami Khedira in the Champions League quarter-final at the Bernabeu

Gareth Bale takes on Sami Khedira in the Champions League quarter-final at the Bernabeu

With Ronaldo leaving for Spain in the summer of 2009 the pair did not line up against each other for a further two years, as Spurs traveled to the Bernabeu for the first leg of a Champions League quarter-final. Both players played the whole match as Real eased to victory against the 10-man Premier League side. Ronaldo volleyed the fourth goal in the closing minutes to continue his stranglehold over his future colleague.

13 April 2011: Tottenham 0-1 Real Madrid

Gareth Bale is dejected as Cristiano Ronaldo is congratulated on his goal at White Hart Lane

Gareth Bale is dejected as Cristiano Ronaldo is congratulated on his goal at White Hart Lane

Bale played the full match of the return leg at White Hart Lane as Ronaldo was taken off halfway through the second period having scored the only goal of the night. Real progressed to the last four, where they would lose to Barcelona, and Bale would have to wait two more years before sharing a pitch with Ronaldo again.




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