In a thrilling match in Braga, Alvaro Morata scored the game-winning goal as Spain defeated Portugal to go to the Nations League Finals. In the 88th minute, the ex-Chelsea striker scored from close range after Nico Williams headed the ball in his direction.
Portugal only needed a point to advance and had chances to score, but Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool's Diogo Jota both missed. In the championships in June, Spain will be joined by Croatia, Italy, and the Netherlands, who are anticipated to host every match.
Portugal, who was leading Group A2 heading into the evening, will be perplexed as to how they failed to secure a spot in the four-nation competition scheduled for next summer. They were the better team for the most of the encounter in northern Portugal because they had won the inaugural competition in 2018–19. Spain, who finished second in the 2021 Nations League Finals, has a chance to win the competition in June.