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5 June 2019 Portugal 3 Switzerland 1 UEFA Nations League

 

Another Cristiano Ronaldo masterclass.

Featuring a trademark free kick, an excellent cross conversion, and a brilliant run and finish.

 


The inaugural finals of the UEFA Nations League began with a lively encounter between the hosts Portugal and Switzerland in Porto.

It featured another masterclass by the local hero, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Beginning with a typical first-half free-kick delivered in his inimitable style past a static Yann Sommer.

And though the Swiss offered threats often through Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri or striker Seferovic it was the hosts who prevailed.

Through the Juventus superstar.

His two late goals, one a superb cross conversion the other after a run and surge inside, sealed the victory.

However, the game was not without some more VAR controversy.

Which came after the Swiss were initially denied a penalty followed by the award of a spot-kick at the other end.

Only for the VAR officials, very belatedly, to intervene and pull back play and endorse the original Swiss claim.

Full-back Ricardo Rodriguez squeezed home the equaliser.

But Portugal and in particular Ronaldo were not to be thwarted and the ecstatic home crowd would delight in his two late finishes.

So the hosts would go on to play either England or the Netherlands in Sunday's final.

As for Ronaldo's likely successor, Joao Felix, it was not his night and he was substituted early in the second period.

Based on what we saw in the Dragao he has very large shoes to fill.

 

report & analysis - John Bethell

 


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