Netherlands UEFA Nations League campaign ended in final defeat as Goncalo Guedes sealed a 1-0 victory for Portugal.

As Netherlands looked for their first trophy in 31 years, Ronald Koeman decided to name the same starting eleven that overcame England. That meant Marten de Roon and Ryan Babel kept their places ahead of Donny van de Beek and Quincy Promes.

Just like the first half against England, Netherlands enjoyed some decent spells of possession but lacked any cutting edge going forward.

All the chances in the first half were for the hosts but Cristiano Ronaldo among others were lacking a finish. Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt also defended several set pieces perfectly as the half ended goalless.

Koeman had seen enough and Promes was introduced at the break in place of the ineffective Babel.

Netherlands began the second half a bit brighter but Portugal took control again. On the hour mark, just after Donny van de Beek had replaced Steven Bergwijn, Portugal took the lead. Goncalo Guedes got the ball on the edge of the box and fired a strike into the bottom corner despite Jasper Cillessen getting a hand on the ball.

Five minutes later, Netherlands had a great chance to equalise but Memphis Depay’s header from close range was kept out by Rui Patricio.

Koeman brought on Luuk de Jong but an equaliser never came as Portugal comfortable saw out the game to claim the trophy.

A positive campaign overall for Netherlands ends in a deserved defeat in the final. Koeman will now have to switch focus on reaching Euro 2020 when qualifiers resume in September.




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