Joao Mario revels in Portugal win

Portugal midfielder Joao Mario admits he is living a dream after Portugal booked their place in the final of Euro 2016 with a 2-0 win over Wales on Wednesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani's scored in the second half to secure a memorable win for Fernando Santos' side, making the final of the competition for the first time since they were tournament hosts in 2004, where they lost to Greece.

Joao Mario has impressed in the playmaker role throughout the tournament and revealed their head coach believed they would achieve the feat before the rest of the squad did. Now they are looking to secure their first major silverware as a football nation.

"[Santos] has said since the first day that we would be in the final. He was the first person who believed and sent this message," Mario said after the game.

"We didn't win any games in the first stage. It was a warning. We didn't want to qualify in third place. Maybe we had a little bit of luck. But now we are waiting for a strong team and we will be prepared.

"Our dream was to be in the final, whatever the opponent," the 23-year-old added. "We don't choose rivals. We did our job and now we will see which team we will play against.

"I am living a dream. Our group has always believed, we promised to be there. Now it is time to try to win it.

"Portugal has never won a title, and we hope to make history."

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