Nations League final: Portugal 1-0 Netherlands

Nations League final: Portugal 1-0 Netherlands

Portugal 1-0 Netherlands: Nations League final – as it happened

The hosts were deserved winners of the inaugural Nations League, with Goncalo Guedes’s thumping strike settling the final in Porto


That’s it! Three liong years of hurt have come to an end! Goncalo Guedes’s ferocious strike has won the inaugural Nations League for the hosts Portugal. Didn’t beat England, though, did they.

The Portugal players are celebrating like they’ve won a major trophy, and maybe that’s what the Nations League is. Either way, Portugal were much the better side and deserved to win. The Netherlands had lots of the ball but did very little with it, and this time there were no defensive gifts. In fact, the Portugal defence was superb, especially Jose Fonte and Ruben Dias in the centre.

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Portugal have done the European double – they won Euro 2016 and have added the 2019 Nations League. They are a slightly odd side, a bit of a motley crew with one or two class acts like Bernardo Silva. But they are brilliantly organised at the back, they work like stink and they have a demented glory addict in attack.

The Player of the Tournament is Bernardo Silva. There are few more admirable footballers in the world just now

The Portugal squad, led by their coach Jack Straw and the injured Pepe, stroll up to receive their medals. Cristiano Ronaldo is the last man up, and he collects the Nations League trophy for Portugal! This team are nowhere near as sexy as the Golden Generation of the 1990s, but they sure know how to win.

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That’s it for tonight’s liveblog. I’ll leave you with Daniel Taylor’s match report from Porto. Thanks for your company tonight, and throughout the 2018-19 season. See you in August!