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De Ligt laughs off Ronaldo's Juventus 'offer'

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Shaka Hislop explain how Portugal won the tactical battle in the Nations League final over the Netherlands.
Goncalo Guedes netted the winner as reigning European champions Portugal defeated the Netherlands to win their second title in three years.

Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt, who is widely expected to leave Ajax Amsterdam in the coming weeks, said he was asked about a move to Italian champions Juventus by Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of Sunday's Nations League final.

Ronaldo's Portugal triumphed 1-0 in the showpiece match leaving the 19-year-old defender De Ligt, linked with several top European clubs, disappointed.

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But television images showed Juve...

UEFA Nations League winners Portugal will target a trophy hat trick at Euro 2020

Goncalo Guedes netted the winner as reigning European champions Portugal defeated the Netherlands to win their second title in three years.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Shaka Hislop explain how Portugal won the tactical battle in the Nations League final over the Netherlands.

PORTO, Portugal -- Cristiano Ronaldo has grown accustomed to lifting trophies, and the relish with which he hoisted aloft the silverware that comes with winning the UEFA Nations League, following Portugal's 1-0 win vs. Netherlands on Sunday, suggested that it meant every bit as much as all of the prizes he has won in the past for club and country.

It is not the World Cup or European Championship, but it is a hefty, glittering trophy, and the qualification process to reach the four-team finals means...

Portugal beat Dutch to win Nations League title

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Goncalo Guedes netted the winner as reigning European champions Portugal defeated the Netherlands to win their second title in three years.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Shaka Hislop explain how Portugal won the tactical battle in the Nations League final over the Netherlands.
UEFA Nations League final: Goncalo Guedes (60') Portugal 1-0 Netherlands

Portugal became the first team to win UEFA's Nations League competition when a well-crafted goal by Goncalo Guedes gave them a 1-0 win over Netherlands in the final on Sunday.

Guedes, 22, nutmegged an opponent, exchanged passes with player of the tournament Bernando Silva and then beat goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen with a shot from the edge of the area on the hour for his fourth international goal in 17 appearances.

With the volume rising at the Estadio do Dragao, Portugal broke the deadlock on the...

 By Simon Kuper

De Ligt, De Jong and Depay are the building blocks for a new, elite Dutch team. Next stop: Euro 2020

In 1977, Johan Cruijff's Dutch team came to Wembley and England fielded five players whose natural position was center-back. Oranje fooled them by playing without a center-forward: Cruijff dropped into midfield and set up both goals in a 0-2 victory. Times change, but England doesn't, at least not very much. Early in Thursday's Nations League semifinal, Memphis Depay retreated from center-forward to midfield. He and his teammates found space between the rigid lines of England's defense and midfield,...