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Nations League Final: Portugal v Netherlands preview and possible lineups

Pin Ronaldo's hat-trick carried Portugal to victory in the semi-finals. AFP
Ronaldo's hat-trick carried Portugal to victory in the semi-finals. AFP

Nations League Final: Portugal v Netherlands preview and possible lineups

Tom Cunild by Tom Cunild @besoccer_es - 1 3,836

We look ahead to the final of the inaugural UEFA Nations League as hosts Portugal take on Netherlands in what promises to be an intriguing matchup in Porto.

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Portugal

Portugal will welcome back midfielder Danilo to their squad after he missed the semi-final through suspension, and the Porto midfielder could replace Ruben Neves as manager Fernando Santos looks to solidify the spine of his team against the threat of the Netherlands' possession-hungry midfield.

Meanwhile, defender Pepe will miss out after injuring his shoulder in Wednesday's win against Switzerland. Lille centre-back José Fonte is likely to start in his absence.

Teenage sensation João Félix failed to make much of an impression in Portugal's semi-final victory, but Santos is likely to keep his faith in the youngster as he has few other options in his forward line.

Netherlands

The Netherlands have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the final, although they may make changes after a long and draining 120 minutes against England just three days before the final.

Donny van de Beek was introduced to great effect in the second half, and the Ajax midfielder may get the nod this time around to start alongside Barcelona-bound Frenkie de Jong in midfield.

Winger Quincy Promes also impressed as a substitute against England, giving Ronald Koeman food for thought ahead of Sunday's showpiece.

Much has been made of the battle between Dutch captain Virgil van Dijk and Portugal talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, in what is a classic case of unstoppable force meets immovable object that could prove decisive in this final.

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Possible Line-ups

Portugal: Patricio; Semedo, Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro; Carvalho, Danilo, Fernandes; B Silva; Ronaldo, Felix

Netherlands: Cillessen; Dumfries, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Blind; F de Jong, Van de Beek, Wijnaldum; Promes, Memphis, Bergwijn

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