Portugal Beats Netherlands 1-0 to Win UEFA Nations League

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates on the final whistle with his team mates. Portugal v Netherlands, UEFA Nations League Final. Photo by Kieran McManus/BPI/Shutterstock (10299530dj)

In a fitting turn of events, the Portuguese national men’s soccer team won the inaugural UEFA Nations League tournament with a 1-0 win over the Netherlands on Sunday evening.

Why was this a fitting result? Well, in addition to being the reigning champions of the Euro Cup, Portugal also hosted the tournament and won the final at the Estádio do Dragão in Porto.

The win gives the Portuguese team a second trophy in only 4 years after they won the Euros in 2016.

Portugal controlled their matchup against the Dutch on Sunday, creating endless opportunities and shots on goal. The Dutch, despite holding the ball for more time, found it difficult to find open space due to Portugal’s tough defense.

Portugal’s goal finally came in the 60th minute when Valencia winger Gonçalo Guedes found the net and beat Jasper Cillessen after a rocket-like strike. He was assisted on the goal by Bernardo Silva, who turned in a masterful performance for the Portuguese.

Portugal will forever be known as the first-ever winners of this new UEFA tournament. Now, the national team and its star players will enjoy the fruits of their victory and turn their focus towards Euro qualifying for the next tournament, which will take place next summer.