UEFA Nations League Final - Portugal 1-0 Netherlands

Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo kicks a ball during a training session at Portugal's

"There is a real determination for all of us that we recognise now you don't get many opportunities as an global team and we've got to make sure we really strive to take the next step over the next couple of years".

After scoring an astronomical 53rd career hatrick against Switzerland Cristiano Ronaldo will be aiming to take advantage of an Oranje side who had to endure an extra 30 minutes to make the final, not to mention Ronaldo and Portugal have had an extra day to prepare for this showdown in Porto.

However, Ronaldo predictably took center stage as he struck twice in the final two minutes to set up a clash with England or the Netherlands, who meet in the second semi-final on Thursday, in Sunday's final.

In their last game against Switzerland, Portugal had 45% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks and 86% of correct passes but their chemistry and compactness came to the light and with another hat-trick from Ronaldo, Portugal has won this match 3-1 and advanced into the finals.

His first effort had come in the 25th minute with a free-kick, but Switzerland levelled 11 minutes after half time in controversial fashion.

Portugal will be seeking its second global title after winning the 2016 European Championship with a team led by Ronaldo.

City are reportedly set to pay Felix's 120-million-euro ($135 million) buyout clause from Benfica, but the 19-year-old missed a glaring chance to mark his global debut with a goal just before the break as he blasted over from Ronaldo's pass.

How do you think the Nations League final between Portugal and the Netherlands will pan out?

Considering Portugal also have Bernardo Silva, Rui Patricio, Ruben Dias, Bruno Fernandes, Ruben Neves. they've rather sneakily become an absolutely superb team.

While many are looking forward to seeing what England and the Dutch can do in their semi-final, it seems to have slipped under the radar that hosts Portugal should probably be considered the favourites.

"It's all about routine I would say, if you watch the top penalty takers, if you watch Harry Kane, he has got his own routine so you've got to create your own routine to make sure everything is done to perfection".

England penalty hero Jordan Pickford admitted he was surprised to be asked to take the fifth penalty in their shootout win over Switzerland in the Nations League.

"I've not seen them yet, so it's quite ironic really that we've had to go through another third-fourth play-off and the one we win, we don't even get them in front of the fans!"

Referee Felix Brych had initially signalled for a penalty to Portugal but the VAR alerted him to an incident seconds before in the Portuguese box.

"Given that bottles were being thrown at police officers and that obviously is a risk to life, they had a right to charge".



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