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Danilo replaces Neves for Portugal in Nations League final

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Danilo replaces Neves for Portugal in Nations League final
Soccer Football - International Friendly - Portugal vs Netherlands - Stade de Geneve, Geneva, Switzerland - March 26, 2018 Portugal's Goncalo Guedes reacts REUTERS/Denis Balibouse   -   Copyright  DENIS BALIBOUSE(Reuters)
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PORTO, Portugal (Reuters) – Portugal brought in Danilo in midfield and Goncalo Guedes in attack as they made three changes to their side for the Nations League final against Netherlands on Sunday.

Danilo replaced Ruben Neves in midfield, where he was picked alongside William Carvalho and Bruno Fernandes, as coach Fernando Santos tried to give some extra protection to his defence. Guedes was picked ahead of teenager Joao Felix alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in attack.

The other change from the team which beat Switzerland 3-1 in Wednesday’s semi-final was at the back where Jose Fonte stepped in for injured veteran Pepe.

The Netherlands named an unchanged side from the one which started Thursday’s semi-final, where they beat England 3-1 after extra time.


Portugal: 1-Rui Patricio; 20-Nelson Semedo, 6-Jose Fonte, 4-Ruben Dias, 5-Raphael Guerreiro; 13-Danilo, 14-William Carvalho, 16-Bruno Fernandes; 10-Bernardo Silva, 17-Goncalo Guedes, 7-Cristiano Ronaldo

Netherlands: 1-Jasper Cillessen; 22-Denzel Dumfries, 3-Matthijs De Ligt, 4-Virgil Van Dijk, 17-Daley Blind; 15-Marten De Roon, 21-Frenkie de Jong, 8-Georginio Wijnaldum; 7-Steven Bergwijn, 10-Memphis Depay 9-Ryan Babel.

(Writing by Brian Homewood; editing by Clare Fallon)

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