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Portugal Win The First UEFA Nations League

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Portugal Win The First UEFA Nations League

Goncalo Guedes second half strike was the difference as Portugal won the first UEFA Nations League, beating Netherlands 1-0 in the final.

Hosts Portugal beat Netherlands 1-0 in the first final of the Nations League in a game that failed to ever really live up to expectations.

Before the match it had been billed as Cristiano Ronaldo vs Virgil van Dijk after each had made major impacts in their semi finals, against Switzerland and England respectively.

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However the two men never really came together, with Daley Blind on hand to block a Ronaldo cross in the first half rather than the Liverpool centre back.

Netherlands had plenty of the ball but it was Portugal who attacked on the break and were making chances, although there wasn't much in the way of clear cut opportunities.

Ronaldo, Goncalo Guedes, Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes were looking lively in attack for the hosts but they had to wait till the second half to break the deadlock.

A brilliant passing move was finished off as the ball was played square on the edge of the area for Guedes who smashed the ball home brilliantly:

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The Dutch, who had dominated their semi final on Thursday against England but required mistakes by the opposition to score their three goals, continued to struggle to create chances.

Luuk de Jong wanted a penalty after he felt he'd been held at a corner but the VAR officials didn't deem it enough for the referee to have a look at.

It's been a pretty successful first tournament for the UEFA Nations League but it wasn't exactly the most riveting final day.

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Earlier on Sunday Switzerland and England played out a 0-0 draw in the third place play-off and could only be split by a penalty shoot out, which the Three Lions won 6-5.

Portugal's win means that they hold both of UEFA's men's trophies after they unexpectedly won Euro 2016 in France.

Their qualification for the tournament in 2020 hasn't started well having drawn with Ukraine and Serbia in their opening two games, although thanks to the Nations League they'll have a second chance to qualify should they need it.

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For now they'll celebrate being the first Nations League winners.

Ryan Sidle
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