Spain vs. France score: Kylian Mbappe secures Nations League title for Les Bleus in comeback win

0


Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema were the heroes of another France comeback as the World Cup champions added a Nations League title to their trophy collection with a 2-1 win over Spain in Milan on Sunday.

Mikel Oyarzabal had fired Spain into the lead just after an hour of tense but absorbing football. However, as had been the case in the semifinal against Belgium on Thursday, a setback was just what Didier Deschamps’ side needed to unleash its attacking firepower. A swift, stunning equalizer from Benzema and Mbappe’s composed finish 10 minutes before full time gave France the second Nations League title, one that will offer the holders a welcome fillip ahead of their defense of the World Cup in Qatar next year.

The first half may have been short on shots and opportunities after Benzema’s dart in behind early on but it was not short of qualities, both sides effectively nullifying their opponents best routes to goal. Spain kept numbers back to protect against the French break whilst Les Bleus did their best to ensure that Sergio Busquets did not get the time to turn and pick a pass to advance his side through the middle of the pitch.

When the drama did come it was thrilling. In the space of two minutes France thought they had taken the lead when Theo Hernandez’s shot cannoned down off the crossbar, fell behind to Oyarzabal’s drilled opener before drawing level with a luscious strike from Benzema.

France repeated their renaissance from three days ago as Mbappe darted in behind to slot home his second goal of the tournament but the trophy was not won until captain Hugo Lloris made two brilliant saves, first from Oyarzabal and then Yeremi Pino’s fierce volley.

Pogba the engine for Deschamps’ side

One could hardly argue France were on top in the first half — certainly they saw far less of the ball than the team in red — but they looked far more comfortable. Unlike against Belgium, this…



Source : cbssports

Comments are closed.