UEFA have made the draw for the inaugural Nations League semi-finals in June next year
Hosts Portugal will stage the first semi-final on June 5 against Switzerland at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto.
The European champions qualified for the last four of the Nations League by topping Group A3 ahead of Italy and Poland with eight points from four games.
“Switzerland are a good team, we know them well, having played them in the (World Cup) qualifiers,” Portugal boss Fernando Santos told UEFA.com.
“It’s important to recognise their qualities. We dream of getting to the final and winning the trophy, but we will have to work hard.”
Switzerland, on the other hand, came out as surprise victors in Group A2 ahead of Belgium and Iceland with nine points and a staggering 14 goals scored in four matches.
“It’s an interesting competition with some interesting matches. We have to go [to Portugal] to win,” said Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic.
“We will have to prepare well and be ready in June – and be ready to create a surprise.”
In the other semi-final fixture, England will take on the Netherlands on June 6 at Guimaraes.
Gareth Southgate’s side booked their spot in the finals by claiming a dramatic 2-1 win over World Cup finalists Croatia at Wembley to top Group A4.
England finished above Spain and Croatia with seven points from four games.
“The quality of the matches is extremely high – for the past couple of matchdays it was like the quarter-finals of a major tournament,” said Southgate.
“It’s been a really good initiative by UEFA.”
Although the Three Lions will undoubtedly face a stern test from Holland, who are still reeling from their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
However, under new coach Ronald Koeman, Holland have enjoyed a strong turnaround in form and beat world champions France and Germany to top spot in Group A1.
“We have a lot of respect for the English team,” said Koeman.
“The way Gareth [Southgate] is managing the England side – he is giving opportunities to young players – is the same as we like to do. It’s a great opportunity.”
The Nations League finalists will contest for the trophy on June 9, with a third-place play-off being staged on the same day.
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