Kylian Mbappe seals UEFA Nations League final victory for France


The two sides played out a pulsating second half in Milan (Picture: Getty Images)

World champions France became the second winners of the UEFA Nations League final after coming from behind to beat Spain 2-1 in a thrilling and captivating contest at the San Siro on Sunday evening.

The Spaniards took a deserved lead but France fought back brilliantly for the second time in the space of a few days, though there was a huge element of controversy to Kylian Mbappe’s seemingly offside winner.

Both sides looked a little tentative in the early exchanges, though Paul Pogba found Karim Benzema with a brilliant pass after just seven minutes and the Real Madrid frontman managed to round goalkeeper Unai Simon.

France beat Spain in UEFA Nations League final

Mikel Oyarzabal gave Spain the lead in a dramatic second half (Picture: EPA)

Unfortunately he went a little too wide and could not roll the ball into the empty net, instead opting to pull the ball back which was cut out by Cesar Azpilicueta.

Spain occasionally threatened in behind, with Ferran Torres proving to be a particular nuisance, though the biggest talking point of the half came when Raphael Varane was forced off injured.

While the first half may have been a tame affair, things started to heat up at the start of the second as both sides threatened in behind and the pace of the game ramped up.

Pogba found himself in the book for a late challenge on Sergio Busquets and suddenly Spain had their tails up as tackles started to fly in from both teams, while Pablo Sarabia managed to get in behind the French defence but his cross found no-one.

Then it was France’s turn to counter as Benjamin Pavard slid a through-ball in behind for Mbappe to chase, but a desperate Marcos Alonso just managed to intercept the pass.

Just after the hour mark a brilliant French move down the left flank saw full-back Theo Hernandez – who scored the winner against Belgium a few days ago – smash the underside of the crossbar with a thunderous effort that…

Source : metro

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