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Wolves stars help Portugal win the Nations League

Wolves stars Rui Patricio, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Diogo Jota are celebrating a unique achievement after helping Portugal win the inaugural UEFA Nations League.

Portugal are the first winners of the competition after beating the Netherlands in a 1-0 in the final in Porto. Patricio made several important saves to keep a clean sheet on the day he became Portugal’s most capped goalkeeper of all time, overtaking Vitor Baia to win his 81st cap.

Midfielders Moutinho and Neves also appeared in the final, with the former introduced after 81 minutes after Goncalo Guedes had scored, while Neves came on for William Carvalho in time added on.

Jota, who has been an unused substitute in the semi-final and final, also came away with a winner’s medal despite still not making his full debut for his country. All four Wolves team-mates had their photo taken with the Nations League trophy following the post-match presentation.

Neves started as Portugal beat Switzerland 3-1 in the semi-final, but his place went to Danilo in the final. For Patricio and Moutinho, it is their second major honour with their countries after they helped the nation become European champions in 2016.

Raul Jimenez played just over 60 minutes in Mexico’s 3-2 victory over Ecuador in the team’s final friendly before the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which kicks off on Saturday.

Jimenez, who captained his country for the first time when they played Venezuela last week, failed to find the net as Mexico completed a winning double.

Mexico face Cuba in their first game of the tournament, from 12am on Saturday.

Connor Ronan was Ireland Under-21s’ hero as he grabbed the only goal to help them into the knockout stages of the Toulon Tournament. The midfielder’s 33rd minute free-kick confused Bahrain keeper Ahmed Mohamed to secure a 1-0 win and top place in Group C, above Mexico on goal difference.

Ronan played almost 80 minutes, with Ireland now set to take on Brazil in the semi-finals on Wednesday.