Nations League: Mbappe Late Goal Give France Win Over Spain In Final

Kylian Mbappe fired France to Nations League glory on Sunday after netting the winner which completed a comeback from a goal down to beat Spain 2-1 in Milan.

Mbappe struck with 10 minutes remaining to win the title for world champions France after Karim Benzema had levelled just two minutes after Mikel Oyarzabal put Spain into a 64th-minute lead.

Hugo Lloris produced two late saves to ensure victory for the world champions.

He first denied Oyarzabal before acrobatically keeping out Yeremi Pino‘s effort in stoppage time, as France became the competition’s second winners after Portugal in 2019.

Benzema, who returned to the international fold before Euro 2020 in the summer, told French television channel M6: “I really wanted to win a trophy with France, and now it’s done.

“We showed strength of character, because this team is very strong, never gives up and we have proven it today.

“It is the sign of a great team not to panic, to be patient and to wait for the right opportunity.”

France, who reached the final by coming from 2-0 down to beat neighbours Belgium 3-2 on Thursday, had to fight back again.

And even though France had less possession (36%), they constantly looked a threat on the counter-attack as Mbappe struck the decisive – and perhaps fortunate – blow.

The win will ease some of the pain created by an early exit from Euro 2020 at the hands of Switzerland and highlighted just how powerful France are going forward.

 

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