Ronaldo's Portugal wins 1st Nations League title

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Published 4:41 p.m. ET June 9, 2019 | Updated 7:10 p.m. ET June 9, 2019

PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Three years after conquering European soccer for the first time, Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo are celebrating another international title.

Portugal won the inaugural UEFA Nations League tournament on Sunday, beating the Netherlands 1-0 to lift its first trophy since the 2016 European Championship.

“It’s a great achievement, indisputable,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. “These victories will be part of Portuguese soccer forever.”

Ronaldo, coming off a hat trick in the semifinals, lifted the winners’ trophy but wasn’t much of a factor in Sunday’s final, with the only goal coming from midfielder Gonçalo Guedes early in the second half at the Estádio do Dragão.

“Things have been going well for Portugal in recent years,” Ronaldo said. “The national team has won some important titles.”

The hosts’ victory in UEFA’s newest competition, created to give national teams more meaningful matches than just friendlies, denied the Netherlands its first trophy since the 1988 European Championship. The revamped Dutch team was seeking some redemption after failing to qualify…

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