Ronaldo at centre stage but Portugal's stars ready to shine

The security guards helped the boy to get into the coach, so that Ronaldo could fulfil his wish, hugging the young fan, and take a picture with him, the Portuguese website Flash reports.

Witnesses said they saw fans throwing glass bottles in the centre of Porto during an outdoor screening of the Portugal vs Switzerland Nations League semi-final.

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.

Champions League victor and now a UEFA Nations League finalist, at the hands of England, Virgil van Dijk is also the bookmakers' favourite to be awarded the 2019 Ballon d'Or award.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor will lead his team out again at the Estádio do Dragão on Sunday against the victor of the second semi-final between England and Netherlands.

The Juventus star won't be wanting a repeat of the last time Portugal had a final on home soil.

Ronaldo blasted Portugal ahead from a free kick in the 25th minute, his first goal for his country for almost a year.

Switzerland had posed a threat themselves in the first half with Xherdan Shaqiri, fresh from winning the Champions League with Liverpool, particularly lively.

In the Premier League and Champions League combined, Van Dijk won 223 of his 305 aerial duels with a success rate of 73.11% and added another four in the Uefa Nations League semi-final against England.

Ronaldo took a break from worldwide football after the World Cup and only returned for Portugal's first two Euro 2020 qualifiers in March.

The talent of Bernardo Silva, Joao Felix, Ruben Neven and Bruno Fernandes among others promises much, but Ronaldo remains Portugal's X-factor.

As I said, when I pull on the shirt of the national team, it's a huge honour for me and it's a different feeling than it is playing for clubs.

German referee Felix Brych didn't initially award the penalty for Switzerland after Steven Zuber was touched by Nelson Semedo inside the area in the 53rd minute at the Estadio do Dragao.

And now Van Dijk is also leading his country back to where they belong as a European powerhouse after failing to even qualify for the last two major tournaments.

He said: "It was a very tough game and I think our character to get through 120 minutes on Thursday and to have to go through another tough game today, 120 minutes and penalties".


Popular
  • David Warner hits unbeaten 89 as Australia beat Afghanistan

    David Warner hits unbeaten 89 as Australia beat Afghanistan

    But there were a number of promising partnerships that showed glimpses of what power their batting may produce in this tournament. But any hopes of an upset were dashed by a stuttering display with the bat before some sloppy fielding and erratic bowling.

    Osaka's 16-match Grand Slam win streak ends

    Siniakova took control in the second set, converting the first of two break points to go 3-2 up. A double fault on break point left her 5-2 down and Siniakova completed the upset.
    French Open diary: Serena Williams far from best in pursuit of record

    French Open diary: Serena Williams far from best in pursuit of record

    She produced a see-saw display in an half-empty stadium on Monday, struggling to adapt to windy conditions in chilly weather. Williams has become equally well known for her stand-out court style as much as her sporting prowess in recent years.
  • Judge says Missouri clinic can keep providing abortions

    Judge says Missouri clinic can keep providing abortions

    If the order is denied, Missouri would become the first USA state in more than 45 years where abortions can no longer be obtained. A Missouri judge has issued a stay, allowing the state's only abortion clinic to continue providing the procedure.
    Apple Music may replace iTunes at WWDC 2019

    Apple Music may replace iTunes at WWDC 2019

    In less than a week Apple will be holding its opening keynote for the 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference ( WWDC ) in San Jose. The company's late CEO Steve Jobs helped launch the iTunes Music Store in April of 2003.
    Cricket World Cup organisers happy with security amid 'moderate' threat

    Cricket World Cup organisers happy with security amid 'moderate' threat

    New Zealand begin their World Cup against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on June 1, while India face South Africa in Southampton on June 5. " England , a very good one-day unit", McGrath told ESPNcricinfo recently during his trip to India .
  • Ash Barty charges into French Open final

    Ash Barty charges into French Open final

    Czech tennis player, Marketa Vondrousova has made it into the final of the 2019 WTA French Open . Australia was right behind Barty on her march to history as social media went into meltdown.
    What The Hell Is Happening In The Dominican Republic?

    What The Hell Is Happening In The Dominican Republic?

    In some unspecified time in the future of the tournament and in the times that followed we offered our complete enhance to Mr. The hotel said it is cooperating with local authorities' investigation into the couple's deaths, the statement said.

    Apple unveils long-awaited iPhone feature - so what is Dark Mode?

    Existing music, movie and TV purchases and any music you've ripped will now move inside the appropriate apps. Now, there will be a standalone Podcasts app on the Mac that should work the same as the one on your phone.
  • Eden Hazard to leave Bridge

    Eden Hazard to leave Bridge

    A number of newspapers report the Blues head coach storming off towards the end of Chelsea's training session on the eve of the final in Baku.
    Biden is fixing his climate plan that failed to cite sources

    Biden is fixing his climate plan that failed to cite sources

    Kirsten Gillibrand , who has campaigned as an unapologetic feminist, tweeted "reproductive rights are human rights, period". Trump has made two conservative appointments to the Supreme Court, creating the potential that the landmark 1973 Roe v.
    Julian Assange faces 17 new charges under US Espionage Act

    Julian Assange faces 17 new charges under US Espionage Act

    WikiLeaks published the documents, which were allegedly stolen by the Russian government, during the 2016 presidential campaign. Chelsea Manning speaks during the Nantucket Project's annual gathering in Nantucket, Massachusetts, September 17, 2017.

CONNECT