Uefa Nations League finals
The Uefa Nations League has commenced, and the first semi-final was a cracker. Ronaldo stole the show again scoring a hat-trick, however, it was not smooth sailing for Portugal. Ronaldo got his first goal though a marvelous free-kick but this came against the run of playas Switzerland had the better chances. Switzerland kept pushing but couldn’t get an equalizer in the first half. Then in the second half, they got a controversial penalty after a VAR review which Rodriguez slotted away. The game looked poised to go to extra time until in the 87th minute when Ronaldo scored his second. Two minutes later, after Switzerland were pushing high for an equalizer, Ronaldo got the ball on a counter and completed his hattrick to send Portugal to the final.
They will face either England of the Netherlands, who play tonight in the other semi-final. The last time the two teams played each other was in a warm-up game for the World Cup which was a very uneventful and quite boring game. England came away with a 0-1 win courtesy of a Lingard goal. Both teams have relatively young squads who are very exciting and have lots of prospects. The Netherlands will be especially pleased with their side considering that they missed out on the two last major tournaments. However, their attacking options are still quite limited, and they do not have a prolific striker in their ranks. England on the other hand, will be looking to win their first trophy since 1966 and improve on their World Cup semi-final last year.
Even though this is a new tournament that does not have that much significance it is still a trophy to be won and the remaining teams will really want to win it. It will give their nation pride even if it is only a mini-tournament. Whichever team wins it will also go into the Euro cup next year with lots of confidence, especially if Portugal win it, then they will be looking to win three European titles in a row. The final will be played on Sunday the 9th of June, with the third-place match being played the day before.