Portugal beats Netherlands to claim inaugural Nations League crown

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Portugal can officially call themselves the undisputed kings of Europe after adding the inaugural 2019 Nations League trophy to their 2016 European Championship triumph by beating the Netherlands 1-0 on Sunday.

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Goncalo Guedes scored the game’s only goal, right on the hour mark, hammering a right-footed shot off the fingertips of Jasper Cillessen.

Memphis Depay went oh so close to equalizing in the 65th minute, but Rui Patricio was lightning-quick to get down and deny the Lyon star’s header from eight yards out.

Cristiano Ronaldo was rendered largely ineffective by Virgil Van Dijk, but the Dutch were denied their first major trophy since winning the 1988 European Championship. In six games played between the group stage and this week’s knockout showdown on their home turf, Portugal conceded just four goals (three in four games during the group stage, one in Wednesday’s semifinal).

Head coach Fernando Santos will forever be and all-time legend in his homeland after delivering two major trophies in three years’ time.