Portugal claimed their second trophy under the tutelage of Fernando Santos. The victory over the Netherlands makes them the winner of the inaugural Uefa nations league. The two countries made the finals after topping their respective tables in the group stage played last year. The finals which held in Portugal saw the Netherlands conquer England and Santos’ men won against Switzerland in the semi-finals.
Both teams had chances in the game to score and win the game for their respective countries. Portugal ultimately proved the more valiant when things were still in the balance and the game still up for grabs for anyone willing to take the chance and become the hero.
The match ended 1-0 with Goncalo Guedes proving the difference and getting the goal for his country. He scored after nice work and a slightly overhit cutback from Bernardo Silva. He did well to still hit the ball well after it looked like it might have gone past him. Although Jasper Cillesen will rue not keeping the ball out after getting a hand on it but was unable to keep it from going into the net. The Netherlands tried their best to pull level but the task proved too much. Cristiano Ronaldo had a quiet evening by his standards on the pitch. With Virgil van Dijk proving up to the task once again against one of the game’s all-time great. He was helpless though when the goal came and was unable to stop Portugal winning the trophy.
Bernardo Silva became the best player of the tournament ahead of Ronaldo. He was the best player of the tournament by voters count. Ronaldo scored a hat trick in the semi-final match against Switzerland to ensure Portugal made the final and would’ve hoped he’ll win the award. when individual accolades were handed out amid celebrations for winning that proved not to be the case.
women world cup
Elsewhere the Fifa women world cup is now in full flow with matchday one almost done. The tournament promises lots of excitement and plenty of goals with 21 goals scored in seven games. Five more matches remain to be played in the first matchday. The tournament has failed to produce a single draw in the first seven matches so far.
The group A fixtures saw France and Norway thrash south Korea and Nigeria’s super falcons 3-0 in their respective match-ups. In Group B Germany and Spain won against china and South Africa while Brazil and Italy also won in their group C games. England saw off Scotland in group D to win 2-1 and Argentina play Japan later today being in the same group. Cameroon plays against Canada after the game between Argentina and Japan at 20:00 WAT. The rest of the matchday 1 matches come up tomorrow before matchday 2 which begins Wednesday.
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