Bale confident ahead of Belgium clash

Wales talisman Gareth Bale believes the Dragons have become Belgium's bogey team in recent years and is confident they will be able to get the the Euros semi-finals.

Chris Coleman's men have not lost to Belgium since 2012 and beat them as recently as June last year in qualifying for the European Championship.

"We're like their bogey team, aren't we?" Bale asked reporters ahead of their quarter-final clash on Friday. "Hopefully that edge gets into their heads – you never know. We will definitely draw on those qualifiers, it gives us more knowledge on them.

"We know how to play against them and how they play. We know it will be a different game from the qualifiers and it is a more pressurised situation. But we understand what they are about, how they work, and we will hone our game plan to try and stop them but help our attack."

The Real Madrid forward's words are backed up by the fact Belgium failed to score a single goal against Wales across the two qualifying games.

"We have done well and the country is proud of us even if we do get knocked out," he added. "But we want to keep going, we want to keep riding this wave. We want to go as far as we can and try to win the tournament.

"We understand the position we are in and everything else goes to the back of our mind. It is all about trying to beat Belgium and getting to the semis."

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