World Champions France claimed the second UEFA Nations League title after winning against Spain 2-1 from behind through a classic Kylian Mbappe winner. Spain opened the scoring via Mikel Oyarzabal’s goal before Karim Benezema and Mbappe bounced back to seal the title. Follow us to get exciting EPL table and live football match updates.
“I’m very proud and very happy for the players. We went behind in both our matches. Today we equalised quickly after going behind,” said France head coach Didier Deschamps. Beyond the talent that we have in this team, there’s also their character and mentality. In the second half we were more aggressive and forced them into mistakes.”
The first half was solely dominated by Spain and Les Bleus had a hard time breaking their defense. It was worsened when Oyarzabal hit the first goal of the match in the 64th minute after he found an opening onto Sergio Busquet’s defense to score. However, it took just two minutes for France to equalize the scoring, with Karim Benzema’s beautiful strike into the top corner.
“I really think that we produced a great performance but they went and produced two really big moments. That’s where our win went. We had our chances to score with those saves that Lloris made from me and Yeremi Pino. We worked hard all night and we should be proud of what we did out there,” Spain’s forward told UEFA.
Mbappe’s second goal for France came after Theo Hernandes, France’s hero in the semi-final against Belgium, slipped a pass to give him an opening. It initially appeared to be an offside goal but the flag stayed down and the original call stood. In the last minutes, Spain tried for another equalizer but the final whistle declared France win. France are now unbeaten in the last 25 competitive games.
“Irrespective of who we play against, or what situation, we always try to play our way – with bravery, attacking with ambition. So tonight it’s not so much about the pain of defeat, it’s also about a tinge of sadness because we competed very well,” Spain coach Luis Enriquez said. Earlier, Italy beat Belgium in the third-place playoff.
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