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Portugal 1-0 Netherlands: 3 players who won the UEFA Nations League title for Portugal

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1.64K   //    11 Jun 2019, 11:56 IST

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates Portugal's UEFA Nations League triumph
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates Portugal's UEFA Nations League triumph

Portugal finally clinched another European tournament following their hard-fought victory against the Netherlands. Fernando Santos's men struggled before their semifinal ties against Switzerland, failing to secure a win in 4 consecutive matches.

On the other hand, the Dutch were in-form after appointing Ronald Koeman as their new boss. The Oranje also had excellent records at the tournament, and the team consisted of highly-rated stars such as Matthijs de Ligt and Virgil van Dijk. However, Portugal quickly bounced back to claim their UEFA Nations League title. 

Portugal were able to dominate the Netherlands throughout the game, as Koeman's men barely had a chance to score in the first half. They found several difficulties in breaking the Dutch's rock-solid defense, but Portugal managed to win by a close margin in the end.

Here, we will take a look at 3 Portugal players who won the UEFA Nations League title for the team.


#3 Goncalo Guedes

The attacker bagged the winning goal for his side
The attacker bagged the winning goal for his side

The former PSG star turned into a revelation in his debut season for Valencia after struggling to earn minutes at Ligue 1. Despite starting just half of 2018/19 La Liga campaign, Guedes was able to convince Fernando Santos and earned Portugal's call-up for the UEFA Nations League.

He booked an assist in the semifinal tie after coming from the bench. His impactful display at the semis won him more trust from the manager, as Santos started him in the final. Guedes struggled to make an impact throughout the game, registering no key passes and dispossessed once.

However, he made the most crucial contribution for his team after his powerful shot went in. All of Portugal's forwards barely registered a shot on target. Thus, the 22-year old's goal was decisive to win the game. Overall, Guedes had a somewhat sub-par game, but he deserves to be on this list due to his winning goal.

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