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The first ever Nations League final will be played on Sunday as the Estadio do Dragao as Portugal hosts Netherlands. The Portuguese got through to the final thanks to a 3-1 win over Switzerland on Wednesday, where Cristiano Ronaldo scored all three goals for his country. The Dutch beat England by the same score but needed extra time to do it, setting up as tasty a final as possible.
Portugal and the Netherlands will meet on Sunday in the inaugural UEFA Nations League final.
The Netherlands made it to showpiece after a dramatic win over England on Thursday, when they won 3-1 after extra time, continuing their resurgence under the guidance of manager Ronald Koeman.
Standing in their way in the final will be Portugal, who will provide a massive challenge. Not only will they be well backed as the host nation, but they also have a red-hot Cristiano Ronaldo leading the line. The Juventus man grabbed a wonderful hat-trick in the semi-final win over Switzerland.
Read on for all the key details ahead of Sunday’s showdown, including the latest odds on the game, the viewing information and a preview of what’s to come.
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While the Netherlands have arguably the best defender in the world in their side in Virgil van Dijk, in Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, they also have two extraordinary prospects.
De Ligt made amends for an early error with the equalising goal against the Three Lions, while De Jong’s midfield mastery was key in helping the Dutch apply pressure on the England defence. Bleacher Report’s Dean Jones had high praise for the latter, who is moving to Barcelona this summer:
The forward played with a sense of freedom, wandering around the final third and picking the ball up in some deeper positions.
However, as is so often the case with Portugal, he did his best work in front of goal. The 34-year-old scored a stunning free-kick in the first period, and after the Swiss had worked their way back into the game, he fired home twice in quick succession in the second half to kill the game.
Having failed to qualify for the previous two major tournaments, Dutch football was at a nadir. On the evidence of their performances in the Nations League, they are on their way back ahead of the UEFA European Championship in 2020.
In the win over England, they were not at their best for long spells. Still, there was a resilience among the players, as they fought back after Marcus Rashford’s penalty and took the game away from the Three Lions in extra time.
The spirit of the side is something Koeman praised after the match via social media:
Portugal: Ronaldo absolutely took over against Switzerland and looks to be in midseason form rather than vacation form. He scored a brilliant free kick and took all of his shots really well. Not short of confidence, he enters in top form with Bernardo Silva also at a high level with an assist against the Swiss.
Netherlands: The Dutch didn’t finish particularly well against England but created a boatload of chances. They have so much speed down the wings that they can give Portugal trouble if they send their right back and left back forward. Playing on the road won’t be easy for the Dutch, but they have the defense to keep Ronaldo without a goal.