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Portugal win inaugural UEFA Nations League

Published:Monday | June 10, 2019 | 12:29 AM
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo raises the trophy as he celebrates with his teammates after winning the UEFA Nations League final against the Netherlands at the Estádio do Dragão in Porto, Portugal yesterday.
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo raises the trophy as he celebrates with his teammates after winning the UEFA Nations League final against the Netherlands at the Estádio do Dragão in Porto, Portugal yesterday.

PORTO, Portugal (AP):

Portugal have won the inaugural UEFA Nations League tournament, beating the Netherlands 1-0 in yesterday’s final for their second title in three years.

Gonçalo Guedes scored the winner early in the second half to give Portugal their first trophy since the 2016 European Championship.

The hosts’ victory in UEFA’s newest competition denied the Netherlands their first trophy since the 1988 European Championship. The revamped Dutch team was seeking some redemption after failing to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 European Championship.

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Cristiano Ronaldo, coming off a hat-trick in the semi-final, wasn’t much of a factor against Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk in the matchup of likely contenders for the player of the year award, but Guedes couldn’t be stopped when he hit a powerful right-footed shot from outside the area in the 60th minute at the Estádio do Dragão.

England finished the tournament third after beating Switzerland 6-5 on penalties following a 0-0 draw in regulation and extra time.