Portugal the first European nation to host and win

Portugal became the first European nation to host and win a final of a major competition since France at the 1998 World Cup.

Hosts Portugal claimed their second trophy in three years by beating the Netherlands to win the debut Nations League.

Fernando Santos’ side triumphed at the 2016 European Championship and Goncalo Guedes’ second half strike gave them a thin triumph in Porto which Santos said was proof of their unity as team

“Throughout the previous five years, we have been a practically indestructible family who realizes what we can do,” he said. “We realized we could win this match.”

The triumph was accomplished through Guedes, the Valencia winger crushing in from the edge of the zone following Bernardo Silva’s cunning reduction, however, Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen will be baffled he didn’t keep the exertion out.

The Dutch hoped to get once again into the game however Memphis Depay’s amazing header was very much spared by Wolves number one Rui Patricio and ex-Middlesbrough midfielder Marten de Roon lashed over.

Britain completed third in the competition after a triumph on punishments over Switzerland in Guimaraes.

Remember Portugal’s triumph over the Netherlands

Ronaldo kept quiet by Van Dijk

The game was charged on the conflict of the two compelling captains – Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Netherlands focus back Virgil van Dijk.

The two players guaranteed flatware at club level last season, Ronaldo winning the Serie A title with Juventus, while Van Dijk added to consummation Liverpool’s multi year hang tight for a trophy by triumphing in the Champions League.

Ronaldo, 34, scored a great cap trap in the semi-last triumph over Switzerland however was unfit to add to his 88 worldwide objectives, seeing a pounding, goalbound drive obstructed by the transcending Van Dijk.

The nearest he came to mesh was the point at which he skirted past two protectors from the left, yet stuck a shot directly at Barcelona’s Cillessen. He likewise crushed a free-kick wide late on.

Previous Southampton and Celtic player Van Dijk was his strong, guaranteed self at the back yet could do nothing about the triumphant objective, however Cillessen was unfit to keep out Guedes’ strike having got a hand on the exertion.

Manchester City’s Silva, who set up the objective, stated: “I am exceptionally upbeat and glad. It is my first title with Portugal. After the astonishing season with my club, to complete along these lines is stunning. The time has come to rest now and plan for next season and attempt to improve.

“The most significant thing is that Portugal won. In the event that you can add to that individual honors, at that point far superior.”

Portugal is currently unbeaten in their last 10 games and regardless of destruction, Netherlands – who have neglected to achieve the last two noteworthy competitions – will cheer up from their advancement since the arrangement of Ronald Koeman as a supervisor.

“They were aces at shielding when they were ahead,” said Koeman. “We ought to have been smarter in searching with the expectation of complimentary kicks. We were bad enough today.”

How did two potential summer movers do?

With the worldwide transfer window going to open on Tuesday, clubs will apparatus up to finish signings in time for the new season.

Two players who have been vigorously connected with moves were in real life in the last and featured why their marks will be so looked for after.

Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, connected with an announced £68m move to either Manchester United or Tottenham, scored 32 goals and gave 17 bits of help to Sporting Lisbon last season.

The 24-year-old was a standout amongst the best players on the field with his enthusiastic development and eye for goals. His six shots in the match were more than some other player, compelling Cillessen into making spares, though to endeavors from long range.

Netherlands protector Matthijs de Ligt is another who has been vigorously connected with a move to United just as Barcelona and the young person captained Ajax to a Dutch class and container twofold.

Playing close by Van Dijk, the 19-year-old awed at the back yet again, contributing six clearances and three handles for his side and furthermore winning the ball back multiple times.

Dutch despair – the stats

  • Portugal are the first European nation to host and win a final of a major competition since France beat Brazil 3-0 in the final of the 1998 World Cup.
  • The Netherlands have lost four of their last five finals in major international tournaments (three in the World Cup, once in the Nations League).
  • They remain winless against Portugal when playing them in Portugal, drawing two and losing four of their six such meetings.
  • Goncalo Guedes has been directly involved in five goals in his last eight appearances for Portugal (three goals and two assists).
  • No Portugal player has been directly involved in more goals than Bernardo Silva in the Nations League this season (3 – joint-most with Cristiano Ronaldo and Andre Silva), while he also made the most assists of any Portuguese player (2).
  • The Netherlands’ first shot in this game came in the 65th minute; by which time Portugal had already had 14 shots and opened the scoring.
  • Jasper Cillessen became the fifth goalkeeper to reach 50 international appearances for the Netherlands, after Edwin Van Der Sar (130), Hans Van Breukelen (73), Maarten Stekelenburg (58) and Gejus Van Der Meulen (54).
  • The Netherlands fielded the same starting XI in consecutive games for the first time since October 2014 (under Guus Hiddink).
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