Fernando Santos jubilant after Nations League win


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Portugal manager Fernando Santos admits he was delighted to win the inaugural UEFA Nations League but says his team must not get carried away.

In a largely forgettable final match against the Netherlands, it was Goncalo Guedes’ second-half strike that proved to be the match-winner as his strike from the edge of the area was too hot to handle for Dutch keeper Jasper Cillessen.

It means Portugal have become the first ever winners of the Nations League following their 3-1 triumph over Switzerland in the semi-finals after Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick.

It also continues Santos’ own excellent record as Portugal having guided them to victory in Euro 2016.

After the game, Santos said it was great to write Portugal’s name in the history of the tournament but they have to remain focused to win even more.

“I’m sure this tournament will become a classic because it is a tournament where the entire European family plays and to be the first winner…we will go down in history,” he said.

“It is a joy to win the first edition – but that is all it is. Now we must work to pursue more goals.

“It will leave an everlasting mark in Portuguese football to have played in three finals, four semi-finals, the World Cup did not go as we hoped but this team marks the future because the future is here.

Portugal can be backed at 19.00 to win Euro 2020 outright with France the favourites at 4.33.

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