UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE final: Portugal rely on Ronaldo to face the Dutch boom

Portugal are counting on their superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to face a Dutch team that began to recall its previous beautiful levels, Sunday in Porto in the final of the first edition of the European Football League.
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Portugal are counting on their superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to face a Dutch team that began to recall its previous beautiful levels, Sunday in Porto in the final of the first edition of the European Football League.

Portugal are counting on their superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to face a Dutch team that began to recall its previous beautiful levels, Sunday in Porto in the final of the first edition of the European Football League.


The 34-year-old Ronaldo missed the first round of the youthful competition to focus on his first season with Juventus, but the former Real Madrid star returned in time, scoring a nice 3-0 win over Switzerland 3-1 in the semi-finals on Wednesday.

Switzerland had a chance to settle the game, but the world's best player five times, with their defense and a 53th haterik record in his brilliant career.

"This is the preparation - a practical law, I feel good, despite my 34th birthday," Ronaldo told the European Union (WEFA) website.

"The most important thing is to think, to feel motivated and happy, and to continue my career as a player because I feel my ability to do more."

Portugal's successful career without goals was promising, with Bernardo Silva, João Felix, 19, Robin Neves and Bruno Fernandez, but when the Don arrives, Portugal's accounts and opponents are different.

"We know it's sometimes impossible to defend Cristiano Ronaldo well," said Dutch coach Ronald Koman.

"I think the best we can do is keep the ball, because when we're in possession we can not do anything offensive."

The Netherlands have continued to compensate for their decline in recent years when they failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and the 2016 European Cup. Despite the loss of the "Windmills" match against Germany 2-3 in the European Cup 2020, fans are assured of a return to major competitions.

The men of coach Koman proved that their victory over France, world champion and Germany in the group stage was not coincidental, as Ajax stars starred the young men who surprised the fans of reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League this season after the exclusion of Real Madrid and defending champion Juventus.
                 
Van Dyck turned

Fortunately for Koman, he has the right man to keep Ronaldo out of the net, relying on Liverpool's English Premier League hero Virgil Van Dyke last week.

The world's most expensive defender has justified his move to the Reds for 75 million pounds ($ 95 million) since coming from Southampton 18 months ago.

 After turning his defense into Liverpool's defense, he will manage to give the Netherlands its first continental title since the 1988 European Cup when he was a defender of Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard.

In the two encounters between Ronaldo (88 goals in 157 internationals) and van Dyck, he won the first in the 2018 Champions League final when Liverpool keeper Carrios made two serious mistakes and Welsh scored Gareth Bale a wonderful goal, and in the second record Van Dyck during the Netherlands friendly against Portugal 3 - Zero in March.

Luxe Couman has the best European defense duo with Premiership van Dyck, 27, and 19-year-old Matthias de Leicht, a leading European player. Young midfielder Frankie de Jong, who moved to Barcelona in a big deal, In all directions, stressing that it is a special deal for the Catalan team.

De Liechte made a serious mistake in the semi-final against England, but Ajax defender Amsterdam equalized for the equalizer, before Orange took advantage of the mistakes of the "Three Lions" and settled the game 3-1 after the extension.

De Licht will try to help van Dyck stop Ronaldo's driver, who in turn is looking for a revenge for the young player who scored against Juventus and contributed to his elimination from the Champions League, as part of the great Ajax, who ended up narrowly against Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-finals.

But Ronaldo, who is fond of the titles, is standing after a game of adding a new title after the coronation with his country in the European Cup 2016 when he came out of the final injured against France, and trying to avenge the loss of the final of the European Cup 2004 by playing again in front of the fans of his country.

Before the match, England meet Switzerland in the third place match, in the new competition, which partly replaced the venue of friendly matches in the old continent.
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