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The 2019 UEFA Nations League Final was a football match that determined the winners of the final tournament of the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League. It was the inaugural final of the international football competition involving the men's national teams of the member associations of UEFA.[5] The match was held on 9 June 2019 at the Estádio do Dragão in Porto, Portugal, and was contested by hosts Portugal and the Netherlands.[6]

2019 UEFA Nations League Final
Estádio do Dragão Aerial.jpg
The Estádio do Dragão in Porto hosted the final
Event2019 UEFA Nations League Finals
Date9 June 2019 (2019-06-09)
VenueEstádio do Dragão, Porto
Man of the MatchRúben Dias (Portugal)[1]
RefereeAlberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)[2]
Attendance43,199[3]
WeatherPartly cloudy
16 °C (61 °F)
56% humidity[4]
2021

Portugal won the final 1–0 to become the first champions of the UEFA Nations League.

VenueEdit

The final was played at the Estádio do Dragão in PortoPortugal's second largest city.

The stadium is home to FC Porto.[7][8]

BackgroundEdit

Ahead of the inaugural final, hosts Portugal held a World Ranking of 7, while opponents the Netherlands were ranked sixteenth.[9]

En route to the Nations League final, the Netherlands beat world champions France—who had won their world title approximately four months prior to their match.[10]

Portugal and the Netherlands beat Switzerland and England respectively in their semi-finals.[11][12]

Route to the finalEdit

Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first (H: home; A: away).

Portugal Round Netherlands
Opponents Result League phase Opponents Result
  Italy 1–0 (H) Match 1   France 1–2 (A)
  Poland 3–2 (A) Match 2   Germany 3–0 (H)
  Italy 0–0 (A) Match 3   France 2–0 (H)
  Poland 1–1 (H) Match 4   Germany 2–2 (A)
Group 3 winner
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Portugal 4 8
2   Italy 4 5
3   Poland 4 2
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ Due to revamp of the format for the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League, no teams were eventually relegated.
Final standings Group 1 winner
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Netherlands 4 7
2   France 4 7
3   Germany 4 2
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ Due to revamp of the format for the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League, no teams were eventually relegated.
Opponents Result Nations League Finals Opponents Result
   Switzerland 3–1 Semi-finals   England 3–1 (a.e.t.)

Pre-matchEdit

 
Referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco retired from refereeing after this match.

OfficialsEdit

On 7 June 2019, UEFA announced the appointment of Spaniard Alberto Undiano Mallenco as referee for the final, in what would be his final match as a professional referee. He was joined by compatriots Roberto Alonso Fernández and Juan Yuste Jiménez as assistant referees, Antonio Mateu Lahoz as the fourth official, and Raúl Cabañero Martínez as the reserve official. Alejandro Hernández Hernández served as the video assistant referee and Juan Martínez Munuera as the assistant video assistant referee.[2]

MatchEdit

DetailsEdit

Portugal  1–0  Netherlands
Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Portugal[4]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Netherlands[4]
GK 1 Rui Patrício
RB 20 Nélson Semedo
CB 4 Rúben Dias
CB 6 José Fonte
LB 5 Raphaël Guerreiro
CM 13 Danilo Pereira
CM 14 William Carvalho   90+3'
CM 16 Bruno Fernandes   81'
RF 7 Cristiano Ronaldo (c)
CF 17 Gonçalo Guedes   75'
LF 10 Bernardo Silva
Substitutions:
MF 15 Rafa Silva   75'
MF 8 João Moutinho   81'
MF 18 Rúben Neves   90+3'
Manager:
Fernando Santos
 
GK 1 Jasper Cillessen
RB 22 Denzel Dumfries   88'
CB 3 Matthijs de Ligt
CB 4 Virgil van Dijk (c)   90+1'
LB 17 Daley Blind
CM 15 Marten de Roon   81'
CM 21 Frenkie de Jong
CM 8 Georginio Wijnaldum
RW 7 Steven Bergwijn   60'
CF 10 Memphis Depay
LW 9 Ryan Babel   46'
Substitutions:
FW 11 Quincy Promes   46'
MF 20 Donny van de Beek   60'
FW 19 Luuk de Jong   81'
Manager:
Ronald Koeman

Man of the Match:
Rúben Dias (Portugal)[1]

Assistant referees:[2]
Roberto Alonso Fernández (Spain)
Juan Yuste Jiménez (Spain)
Fourth official:
Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Reserve assistant referee:
Raúl Cabañero Martínez (Spain)
Video assistant referee:
Alejandro Hernández Hernández (Spain)
Assistant video assistant referee:
Juan Martínez Munuera (Spain)

Match rules[13]

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Maximum of twelve named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions, with a fourth allowed in extra time.

StatisticsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Atkin, John (9 June 2019). "Portugal 1–0 Netherlands: Nations League final at a glance". UEFA.com. Porto: Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Porto swansong for proud Undiano". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Full Time Report – Final – Portugal v Netherlands" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 9 June 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Tactical Line-ups – Final – Portugal v Netherlands" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 9 June 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  5. ^ "UEFA Nations League receives associations' green light". UEFA.org. 27 March 2014.
  6. ^ "UEFA Nations League 2018/19 League Phase draw". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 24 January 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Porto city guide".
  8. ^ "Porto stadium guide".
  9. ^ "Men's Ranking".
  10. ^ "Netherlands vs France".
  11. ^ "Portugal vs Switzerland".
  12. ^ "Netherlands vs England".
  13. ^ "Regulations of the UEFA Nations League 2018/19" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 28 September 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  14. ^ a b c "Team statistics – Final – Portugal v Netherlands" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 9 June 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2019.

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