Nations League: Spain Stun Portugal With Late Goal To Earn Spot In Finals

Alvaro Morata grabbed a dramatic winner as Spain beat Portugal in Braga to secure a place in the Nations League finals four.

Portugal dominated the match but Spain stayed in the contest and in the 88th minute Morata lashed the ball home to silence most of the sold-out stadium after a long ball into the box from Dani Carvajal was headed back across goal by Nico Williams.

Spain finished top of League A-Group 2 on 11 points from six games, one point above second-placed Portugal who only needed a draw to secure a spot in the semifinals.

It was a bitter blow for Cristiano Ronaldo‘s Portugal who created several chances, were in total control during most the game and looked so close to securing a place in the finals.

The hosts almost opened the scoring in the 32nd minute through Diogo Jota, who received a long pass from Bruno Fernandes and lashed a shot towards the top right corner that Unai Simon kept out with a brilliant one-handed save.

Fernandes almost scored himself five minutes later when he rifled a cross shot into the side netting with an effort that was so close the home fans thought it was a goal.

Spain will be joined in June’s finals by Croatia, Italy and the Netherlands, who are expected to host all the games.