Portugal Champion of inaugural UEFA Nations League

Portugal were crowned the first ever UEFA Nations League winners, narrowly edging past the Netherlands with a solitary goal thanks to a classy second half finish by Gonçalo Guedes.

On a balmy night in Porto, the hosts, helped by a stadium mostly packed with red-shirted Portuguese supporters, deservedly picked up the prize for the inaugural tournament.

But they were made to wait till the second half, courtesy of a superb long range strike.

With 60 minutes on the clock, Bernardo Silva tricked his way through the Dutch defence and flicked a pass to the oncoming Guedes, who rifled a powerful shot into the bottom corner.

The Netherlands held most of the possession but lacked creativity to find their strikers, touching the ball only four times inside Portugal’s penalty box in the first half.

 Ronaldo delivered the stuff of dreams for fans and suits alike in Wednesday’s semi-final, scoring a sublime hat-trick to seal a late win over Switzerland in a game which started slowly but delivered fantastic drama in a packed second half.