Portugal Defeats Netherland To Carry The Nations Cup

Hosts Portugal asserted 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 tight triumph in Porto which Santos said was proof of their solidarity as a group.

"Throughout the previous five years, we have been a practically indestructible family who recognize 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 smart reduction, however Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen will be frustrated he didn't keep the exertion out.

The Dutch hoped to get again into the game however Memphis Depay's incredible header was all around 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.

Ronaldo stayed silent by Van Dijk

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

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

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

The nearest he came to mesh was the point at which he avoided 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 glad and extremely pleased. It is my first title with Portugal. After the astonishing season with my club, to complete along these lines is astounding. The time has come to rest now and plan for next season and attempt to improve.

"The most significant thing is that Portugal won. On the off chance that you can add to that individual honors, at that point shockingly better."

Portugal are currently unbeaten in their last 10 recreations and in spite 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 supervisor.

"They were aces at protecting when they were ahead," said Koeman. "We ought to have been more smart in searching with the expectation of complimentary kicks. We were bad enough today."

Tread Started by: Christian Uriel On 4:06pm Jun 10