The Nations League Finals draw was held on Monday 3 December in Dublin, Ireland. At the end of Matchdays 5 and 6, four clear finalists had emerged. The semi-finals are next. Here’s what’s going to happen, and yes, you need to wait until 2019!
How does this work?
The semifinal winners progress to the final, while the defeated teams will go into a third-place play-off. If the scores are level at the end of normal time then there is extra time, when teams are allowed a fourth substitution. If the scores are still level after the 30 minutes of extra time, the match goes into a penalty shootout. Interestingly, goal-line technology will be utilised throughout.
Where will the matches be played?
FC Porto’s 50,033 capacity Estádio do Dragão will be the site of the first semifinal between Portugal and Switzerland. The final will also be played here.
The second semifinal will be played in the city of Guimaraes at the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, which has a seating capacity of 30,000. The third-place playoff will also be played here.
Winners: €7.5m, and the 71cm tall sterling silver trophy
Third place: €5.5m
Be sure to mark your calendars!
Note: All photographs are from the UEFA website: www.uefa.com
Written by: Zarir De Vitre. Zarir is a Mumbai based sustainability consultant. He enjoys drinking tea, playing with Lego, and football and basketball.