France produced another stunning turnaround to beat Spain 2-1 and win their first UEFA Nations League title in Milan.
Both teams were in semi-finals that was thrilling from the start, but this was a more cagey first 45 minutes. Karim Benzema skipped past Unai Simón early on but failed to cut the ball back for a teammate, and Spain hoarded possession without threatening after that. However, Les Blues were dealt a blow before the interval as Raphael Varane was forced off with an injury.
The pattern continued until Theo Hernández thumped Benzema’s crosses against the underside of the bar in the 64th minute, igniting the game. However, France fell behind just 40 seconds later when Sergio Busquets’ through pass was driven across Hugo Lloris by Mikel Oyarzabal. The touchpaper was turned on.
La Roja’s delight was short-lived, however, as Benzema curled a spectacular effort into the far corner from 25 m in under two minutes. The issue now was whether Didier Deschamps’ side could repeat their last-four performance against Belgium, when they battled back from two goals down to win.
With ten minutes remaining, they did just that when Kylian Mbappé perfectly timed his run on to Hernández’s pass and swept the winner past Unai Simón, though it took two excellent late saves from Lloris to win the trophy.
Below is a picture of Karim Benzema;