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Portugal’s Pepe, right, grimaces in pain after a tackle by Switzerland’s Manuel Akanji during the UEFA Nations League semifinal soccer match between Portugal and Switzerland at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Portugal’s Pepe, right, grimaces in pain after a tackle by Switzerland’s Manuel Akanji during the UEFA Nations League semifinal soccer match between Portugal and Switzerland at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)|Associated Press
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Soccer injury update: Portugal defender Pepe to miss Nations League final due to shoulder injury

Portugal will face The Netherlands Sunday at 2:45 pm EDT.

Associated Press

PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Portugal defender Pepe will miss the Nations League final because of a shoulder injury.

The Portuguese soccer federation says Pepe will not play Sunday's final against the Netherlands after tests showed he fractured his right shoulder in the semifinal against Switzerland on Wednesday.

Pepe had to be substituted about 15 minutes into the second half of Portugal's 3-1 win at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto.

For the final, Portugal coach Fernando Santos is expected to replace the 36-year-old veteran central defender with either Ruben Dias or Jose Fonte.