Portugal🇵🇹 Wins UEFA Nations League After Outsmarting Netherlands


Portugal secured Nations League glory on Sunday as Goncalo Guedes’ second-half strike earned a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands at the Estadio do Dragao.

The host nation had been touted as favorites ahead of the inaugural Finals and they lived up to that billing in Porto, adding more major silverware to their European Championship triumph three years ago.

Cristiano Ronaldo had netted a hat-trick in the 3-1 semi-final win over Switzerland but he was kept relatively quiet on this occasion by Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt.

Instead, it was left to Guedes to settle matters, exchanging passes with Bernardo Silva and smashing home from the edge of the box, although Jasper Cillessen may feel he could have done better.

UEFA Nations League Awards

Player of the Tournament: Bernardo Silva (Portugal)

Young Player of the Tournament: Frenkie de Jong (Netherlands)

Finals Topscorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal – 3 goals)

Overall Topscorer: Aleksandr Mitrovic (Serbia – 6 goals)

 Team of the tournament (Finals):

Jordan Pickford (ENG); Matthijs de Ligt (NED), Ruben Dias (POR), Raphael Guerrero (POR), Manuel Akanji (SUI), Kevin Mbabu (SUI); Frenkie de Jong (NED), Marten de Roon (NED), Bernardo Silva (POR); Memphis Depay (NED), Cristiano Ronaldo (POR)