Van Dijk: Portugal more than just Ronaldo

first_imgVirgil van Dijk said there was more for Netherlands to worry about than just Cristiano Ronaldo in their Nations League final against Portugal. Netherlands booked their spot in the decider with a 3-1 extra-time win over England in Guimaraes on Thursday. Van Dijk, considered one of the world’s best defenders, and Ronaldo, arguably the best player on the planet, will go head to head in the final on Sunday.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But the Liverpool star said there was more to Portugal than just Ronaldo, who scored a hat-trick in their semi-final victory against Switzerland. “We’ll see. It’s not only Cristiano Ronaldo we’re going to face, we face a great Portugal. We will see what’s going to happen,” Van Dijk told reporters. “I’m looking forward to playing this final with this team, and we’re going to give everything that we can to hopefully hold that trophy in the end and do everyone proud.” While Ronaldo starred again against Switzerland, a Portugal teenager – Joao Felix – has generated plenty of buzz with his performances for Benfica. The youngster started and played well in the club’s semi-final win and is being linked with a big-money move this summer having shown his quality in Europe with a classy hat-trick against Eintracht Frankfurt in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final clash.   And Liverpool defender Van Dijk, who helped his club to the Champions League crown this season, said he expected Joao Felix to have a fine career. F I N A L E ! #NEDENG #NationsLeague pic.twitter.com/dlTwBDHapy— OnsOranje (@OnsOranje) June 6, 2019″I watch football as well, I’ve seen the Europa League. Everyone has seen him. He’s a big talent for them,” he said. “He has a bright future in front of him if he stays humble and keeps working hard and hopefully we can shut them down. “Hopefully we are going to win.” A Nations League triumph would cap off a wonderful year for Van Dijk, who has become one of the best centre-backs in the world since making the jump to Liverpool.  Aside from winning the Champions League crown, to club finished just one point back of Manchester City in the Premier League title race.last_img read more

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The Latest UK leaving no stone unturned to resolve Brexit

LONDON — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):10 a.m.British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says that Prime Minister Theresa May “is leaving no stone unturned to try to resolve Brexit,” two days before a European Union summit to consider an extension to Britain’s exit date.Hunt said of the other 27 EU leaders that “they want Brexit to be resolved as quickly as possible. So do we.”As a last resort, May has even started cross-party talks with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, but there have been no results so far.“For Theresa May to open talks with someone like Jeremy Corbyn is not at all easy but she is doing that because she is totally and utterly determined to deliver Brexit,” Hunt said before a meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers.___8:50 a.m.Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says Britain must not agree to a permanent customs union with the European Union, amid speculation that the government is about to propose such an arrangement to win opposition support for its Brexit deal.Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing for further talks with the opposition Labour Party as she tries to hammer out a compromise that would avert a damaging no-deal exit from the EU on Friday.Writing Monday in the Daily Telegraph, Johnson says the customs union proposed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn would “enslave” the U.K.Johnson says in a tweet: “We should not agree to be non-voting members of the EU, under the surrender proposed by Jeremy Corbyn – it cannot, must not and will not happen.”The Associated Press read more

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