UEFA Nations League Final : Portugal had already booked a place in the final after beating Switzerland 3-1 in the last four on Wednesday, thanks to a hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo. The Juventus star is in the right form to help his country win, but he won’t find it easy to get past a formidable Netherlands defence.
The Nations League final, in Porto, between hosts Portugal and Holland.
Portugal progressed to the final thanks to a 3-1 victory over Switzerland, courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick.
And Holland advanced to face Portugal following a 3-1 win over England.
The overall winner DOES NOT receive automatic qualification for Euro 2020, but does get prize money of around £9.3 million.
After scoring a hat-trick in Wednesday’s semi-final, Cristiano Ronaldo is itching for more action in Sunday’s UEFA Nations League final meeting with the Netherlands.
The 34-year-old Juventus striker spoke to UEFA.com as the home side look to add another major trophy to their cabinet, following their Ronaldo-inspired triumph at UEFA EURO 2016.
Former Netherlands captain Ruud Gullit thinks the timing of the UEFA Nations League matches will be detrimental to England and the Netherlands.
The semi-finals kick off in Portugal just four days after Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final.
Between the two clubs who played for Europe’s showpiece prize in Madrid, ten players in total featured who we can expect to see in the Nations League matches.
But Gullit feels the players need more time to recover.
“It’s the end of the season, people want to go on a holiday,” Gullit told Yahoo Sport exclusively at the UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour presented by Heineken.
Portugal have a chance to win a second piece of silverware in just three years when they face the Netherlands in the Nations League final.
Cristiano Ronaldo was stretchered off injured during the Euro 2016 final before his team secured the trophy, but he will be front and centre of proceedings this Sunday.
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