That was a game football fanatics did not want to end! What a pulsating spellbinding final half an hour in Milan, but France came out on top in a 2-1 win to become UEFA Nations League champions! France now is the second to win the UEFA Nations League and replace Portugal as the current holders.
Portugal crowned the first edition as of June 2019 with the loss of the Netherlands in the final at the Estádio do Dragão in Porto. The tournament began in September 2018, a competition launched by the European Football Association to compensate for friendly matches. Portugal won their first UEFA’s Nations League competition after an exquisite goal from Goncalo Guedes.
Thanks to Karim Benzema with a well-executed equalizer and a superb finish from Kylian Mbappe, keeping Les Bleus (The Blues) ahead. It is difficult to say whether Les Bleus or the Spanish Selección Española de Fútbol deserve to win or lose it.
Les Blues Comeback to Win UEFA Nations League
Great scenes from the San Siro as the French national team celebrate winning the UEFA Nations League over Spain. France won the European Nations League title by defeating its counterpart Spain 2-1 on Sunday 10th at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy.
Despite La Roja’s squad coming earlier with an advanced goal from Mikel Oyarzabal at the 64th minute, Les Bleus came back strong again through the eminent stars Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe.
Six minutes later, the English referee Anthony Taylor blew the whistle at the start of the match. Real Madrid’s striker, Karim Benzema, unleashed a strike that gave Les Bleus its first goal. However, as he tried to bypass La Roja’s goalkeeper Unai Simon, the ball was too long for him. France ran the show with a clear danger in the next five minutes and got two corner kicks.
Ferran Torres also penetrates the defenses of Les Bleus and provides a wonderful pass to Pablo Sarabia, who gave a very weak shot that landed in the hands of Hugo Lloris. An emergency exit happens for the French defender Raphael Varane with Bayern Munich player Upamecano instead.
In the second half, Luis Enrique’s side started pressing hard on Didier Deschamps’ side. However, it does not seem like Les Bleus will stand idly by. The match is escalating in its excitement and strength. There is a big turning point at the 64th minute when Spain imposes its style and gets closer to score a goal through Mikel Oyarzabal. At the 66th minute, Karim Benzema equalized the result with a striking goal from a curling shot.
San Siro Erupted when Kylian Mbappe scored the second goal for the roosters at the 80th minute after receiving an excellent pass from Theo Hernández for France to win the UEFA Nations League competition against Spain. Anthony Taylor returns from the video technology to verify the authenticity of the goal, as there is a suspicion of infiltration on Mbappe.
The video technology confirmed the validity of the goal. France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made incredible saves from Mike Oyarzabal and Yeremi Pino. Unai Simon also responded by blocking Mbappe’s ball.
Second Title for Didier Deschamps After Leading Them to World Glory in the World Cup Held in Russia in 2018
The two squads made their way to the final after making great performances. On Wednesday, the La Rojas won in vindicating the Italian counterpart. Italy eliminated Spain from the European Cup semi-final on their way to the title last July, with a score of 2-1, stopping a series of 37 matches. The latter has not lost in more than three years.
On the other hand, France turned the tables on Belgium on Thursday. Despite falling behind by two clean goals at the end of the first half, the match ended in an exciting 3-2 victory when Theo Hernandez scored a goal during the last minute.
This marks the second title for Didier Deschamps, the coach with the national team, after leading them to world glory in the World Cup held in Russia in 2018. That is nearly 14 months before the next World Cup to take place in Qatar 2022.