Hosts Portugal claimed their second trophy in three years by beating the Netherlands to win the inaugural Nations League.

Fernando Santos’ side triumphed at the 2016 an Championship and Goncalo Guedes’ second half strike gave them a narrow victory in Porto.

The Valencia winger smashed in from the edge of the area following Bernardo Silva’s clever cutback, though Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen will be disappointed he did not keep the effort out.

The Dutch looked to get back into the game but Memphis Depay’s powerful header was well saved by Wolves number one Rui Patricio and ex-Middlesbrough midfielder Marten de Roon lashed over.

England finished third in the tournament after a victory on penalties over Switzerland in Guimaraes.

Ronaldo kept quiet by

The game was billed on the clash of the two iuential captains – Portugal forward and Netherlands centre-back Virgil .

Both players claimed silverware at club level last season, Ronaldo winning the title with Juventus, while contributed to ending ’s seven year wait for a trophy by triumphing in the Champions League.

Ronaldo, 34, scored a sublime hat-trick in the semi-final victory over Switzerland but was unable to add to his 88 international goals, seeing a thumping, goalbound drive blocked by the towering .

The closest he came to netting was when he skipped past two defenders from the left, but stuck a shot straight at ’s Cillessen. He also smashed a free-kick wide late on.

Former and player was his solid, assured self at the back but could do nothing about the winning goal, though Cillessen was unable to keep out Guedes’ strike having got a hand on the effort.

Portugal are now unbeaten in their last 10 games and despite defeat, Netherlands – who have failed to reach the last two major tournaments – will take heart from their progress since the appointment of Ronald Koeman as boss.

How did two potential summer movers do?

With the international transfer window about to open on Tuesday, clubs will be gearing up to complete signings in time for the new season.

Two players who have been heavily linked with moves were in action in the final and highlighted why their signatures will be so sought after.

Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, linked with a reported £68m move to either or , scored 32 goals and provided 17 assists for Sporting Lisbon last season.

The 24-year-old was one of the best players on the field with his lively movement and eye for goal. His six shots in the match were more than any other player, forcing Cillessen into making saves, albeit to efforts from long range.

Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt is another who has been heavily linked with a move to United as well as and the teenager captained Ajax to a Dutch league and cup double.

Playing alongside , the 19-year-old impressed at the back once more, contributing six clearances and three tackles for his side and also winning the ball back three times.

Line-ups

Portugal

  • 1Rui Patrício
  • 20Nélson Semedo
  • 6José Fonte
  • 4Rúben Dias
  • 5Guerreiro
  • 16Bruno FernandesSubstituted forJoão Moutinhoat 81′minutes
  • 13Danilo
  • 14William CarvalhoSubstituted forNevesat 90+3′minutes
  • 10Bernardo Silva
  • 7
  • 17Gonçalo GuedesSubstituted forFerreira Silvaat 75′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Cavaco Cancelo
  • 8João Moutinho
  • 9Ferreira Sousa
  • 11Jota
  • 12Malheiro de Sá
  • 15Ferreira Silva
  • 18Neves
  • 19Mário Rui
  • 21Afonso Fernandes
  • 22Beto
  • 23Sequeira

Netherlands

  • 1Cillessen
  • 22DumfriesBooked at 88mins
  • 3de Ligt
  • 4Booked at 90mins
  • 17Blind
  • 15de RoonSubstituted forde Jongat 81′minutes
  • 21de Jong
  • 8Wijnaldum
  • 7BergwijnSubstituted forvan de Beekat 60′minutes
  • 10Depay
  • 9BabelSubstituted forPromesat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hateboer
  • 5Aké
  • 6Pröpper
  • 11Promes
  • 12van Aanholt
  • 13Vermeer
  • 14de Vrij
  • 16Strootman
  • 18Vilhena
  • 19de Jong
  • 20van de Beek
  • 23Bizot
Referee:
Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Attendance:
43,199

Match Stats

Home TeamPortugalAway TeamNetherlands
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home18
Away4
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Portugal 1, Netherlands 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portugal 1, Netherlands 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. Rúben Neves replaces William Carvalho.

Booking

Virgil (Netherlands) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Luuk de Jong (Netherlands).

José Fonte (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. João Moutinho (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Booking

Denzel Dumfries (Netherlands) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Denzel Dumfries (Netherlands).

Rafa (Portugal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Denzel Dumfries (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by William Carvalho (Portugal).

Attempt saved. Nélson Semedo (Portugal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

Attempt missed. Luuk de Jong (Netherlands) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daley Blind with a cross following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Virgil (Netherlands) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daley Blind with a cross.

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Rui Patrício.

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. João Moutinho replaces Bruno Fernandes.

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Luuk de Jong replaces Marten de Roon.

Attempt saved. Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Rafa.

Attempt missed. Marten de Roon (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Quincy Promes.

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. Rafa replaces Gonçalo Guedes.

Foul by Virgil (Netherlands).

Nélson Semedo (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Marten de Roon (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by William Carvalho (Portugal).

Foul by Donny van de Beek (Netherlands).

William Carvalho (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Netherlands. Donny van de Beek tries a through ball, but Memphis Depay is caught offside.

Foul by Marten de Roon (Netherlands).

Rúben Dias (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Denzel Dumfries (Netherlands).

Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Portugal. José Fonte tries a through ball, but is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Donny van de Beek with a cross.

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Danilo Pereira.

Foul by Denzel Dumfries (Netherlands).

Gonçalo Guedes (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Portugal 1, Netherlands 0. Gonçalo Guedes (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Donny van de Beek replaces Steven Bergwijn.