Alvaro Morata’s lone goal helped Spain to reach the finals of the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday evening after a 1-0 win against Portugal in Braga.

Spain held Portugal to a goalless draw in the first half of the clash with Unai Simon making great saves to deny Portugal the lead with spectacular saves from Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota, Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Spain had no shot on goal on goal from their three-goal attempts in the opening 45 minutes of the match, though they had the ball possession and had the most passes completed against Portugal.

Spain tried to shake things up in the second half but Portugal was more than comfortable at the defence line and was able to absorb the pressure from the visiting team.

Portugal made a series of attempts to break the deadlock but all thanks to Unai Simon that ensured things did not go from bad to worse to ensure Spain held on with his breathtaking saves.

Manager Luis Enrique opted for a quick play, especially from the midfield but the home team was aware of the change in the tempo of the game.

Morata scored with just two minutes remaining for the normal regulation time to give Spain the lead and send the away team to the top of the table as the La Furia Roja advanced to the semifinals of the tournament.


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