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England take Nations League third place on penalties

England take Nations League third place on penalties

"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".

Ronaldo scored a hat-trick, including two late goals to give Portugal a 3-1 victory over Switzerland at the Estádio do Dragão Stadium.

Southgate, whose team face Switzerland in the Nations League third place playoff on Sunday, said he and his players were disappointed not to have reached the final.

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

Portugal, though, made it to the final four of the first ever Nations League without their all-time record goalscorer.

England football fans clashed with riot police in Porto on Wednesday as the ugly side of the lovely game reared its head once again, a day before the national team's Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands.

Instead German referee Felix Brych reversed his initial decision and awarded a spot-kick at the other end for an earlier incident, which Ricardo Rodriguez converted to seemingly send the game to extra-time.




"The gaffer [Gareth Southgate] in extra time went "number five", and I went "oh wow", he said. "He's a genius. There's genius paintings and sculptures and he's a football genius!".

Highly sought-after teenager Joao Felix won his first senior cap for Portugal in their win over Switzerland though failed to make much of an impact.

The Dutch have emerged from obscurity with another golden generation and having failed to qualify for the last two major global tournaments I fancy the Netherlands to make a statement of intent ahead of next Summer's European Championships. Portugal is a really good team who hasn't lost a match since September of previous year and coach Santos always gets the best of his players, but the team that relies that much on Ronaldo who is scoring most of their goals is in a lot of trouble if Ronaldo is having a bad day and there is none else to ease that pressure off of him.

Seferovic came the closes moments before the half time.

The Swiss could then have gone in front when Benfica forward Haris Seferovic headed just wide.

"We'll probably have to make some changes", he said.

Ronaldo emerged as the hero, though, scoring in the 88th and 90th minutes to punch Portugal's final ticket.

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