Victory against the Netherlands meant that Portugal became the first European nation to host and win a final of a major competition since France at the 1998 World Cup.
Manager Fernando Santos made three changes to the side that defeated Switzerland with Fonte replacing the injured Pepe, Danilo providing stronger defensive cover alongside William Carvalho and Guedes, taking over from João Félix, following his impressive second-half cameo against the Swiss. Meanwhile, the Netherlands were unchanged from the side that defeated England in extra-time in Guimarães.
Portugal, unbeaten in their previous nine games, weathered early advances by the Dutch and in a lively first-half Cristiano Ronaldo, the hat-trick hero against Switzerland, was kept relatively quiet by Van Dijk.
Cristiano Ronaldo fired in a low attempt with half-time approaching and Portugal finished the opening forty-five minutes well on top despite less possession, registering twelve total attempts while not allowing the Dutch a single shot.
Dutch manager Ronald Koeman made a change at the start of the second-half with Quincy Promes coming on for Ryan Babel. The Netherlands assumed control and began to threaten Portugal who began to find opportunities on the counter. Portugal continued to threaten on the counterattack which eventually paid dividends. The decisive goal came fifteen minutes after the restart and it was Gonçalo Guedes who started the move with a brilliant nutmeg and lay-off for Bernardo Silva. The Manchester City playmaker found Guedes who smashed his shot past Cillessen into the bottom right corner from some twenty metres. Former Southampton and Celtic player Van Dijk was his solid, assured self at the back but could do nothing about the winning goal.
The Netherlands’ first shot in the game came in the sixty-fifth minute; by which time Portugal had already had fourteen shots and opened the scoring. Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, linked with a reported €75m move to either Manchester United or Tottenham, looked impressive. The 24-year-old was one of the best players on the field with his lively movement and eye for goal. His six shots in the match were more than any other player, forcing Cillessen into making saves, albeit to efforts from long range. Fernandes scored thirty-two goals and provided seventeen assists for Sporting Lisbon last season. Portugal received a total of €10.5m whilst the Netherlands netted €9m; England €8m and Switzerland €7m. The figures include the €4.5m all four finalists had already secured, made up of a €2.25m solidarity fee for all League A teams and €2.25m as a bonus for winning a League A group.
A total of €76.25m in solidarity and bonus fees was earmarked for the fifty-five competing national associations.