Netherlands captain, Virgil van Dijk, has insisted that he was “very proud” of his team after narrowly being edged out by hosts Portugal in the UEFA Nations League final.
Goncalo Guedes scored the game’s only goal after 60 minutes, with a powerful shot from the edge of the box as van Dijk and central defensive partner Matthijs de Ligt hesitated.
Although the Dutch came close to equalising a few times, the host nation held on for victory.
“I don’t think anyone would have believed us at the start of the tournament if we said we’d reach the final.
“I think we’ve made a lot of progress,” Van Dijk told reporters after the match.