Por­tu­gal beat Dutch to win Na­tions League ti­tle

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REUTERS - Por­tu­gal be­came the first team to win UEFA’S Na­tions League com­pe­ti­tion when a well-crafted goal by Goncalo Guedes gave them a 1-0 win over The Nether­lands in the fi­nal in Por­tu­gal on Sun­day.

Guedes, 22, nut­megged Matthijs de Ligt, ex­changed passes with Ber­nando Silva and then beat goal­keeper Jasper Cil­lessen with a shot from the edge of the area on the hour for his fourth in­ter­na­tional goal in 17 ap­pear­ances. Por­tu­gal had only 45 per­cent of pos­ses­sion but were more dan­ger­ous through­out as they added an­other tro­phy to the Euro 2016 ti­tle they won three years ago with a 1-0 win against hosts France, also un­der Coach Fer­nando San­tos.

Al­though the Na­tions League is of far less im­por­tance, the win may have par­tially made up for Euro 2004 which Por­tu­gal hosted and where they were beaten in the fi­nal by Greece.

Por­tu­gal ex­tended their un­beaten record to 10 matches since los­ing to Uruguay at the last World Cup.

Por­tu­gal cel­e­brates their win

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