France are 2021 UEFA Nations League champions after an entertaining 2-1 win over Spain in the final at the San Siro in Italy on Sunday which came to life in the last half an hour before another late French masterclass.
Mikel Oyarzabal had put La Roja ahead with 26 minutes to play but it only served to spark the game alive and woke the world champions from their slumber with Karim Benzema netting a superb equalizer within two minutes of the restart before Kylian Mbappe’s winner 10 minutes from time.
This success after their dramatic route to victory against both Belgium and the Spaniards bodes well for Didier Deschamps’ men after the disappointment of this summer’s UEFA European Championship and the disjointed nature of many recent displays.
While this was a far from perfect display in a competition which lacks the same prestige as the FIFA World Cup and the Euros, it will be viewed positively in France as an example of the current group of players finding their way back onto the path to success after a tough period.
The post-Euro 2020 period has involved no shortage of soul searching from many members of the French squad with Mbappe even going as far as claiming that he offered to take a break from international duty if it would help the team to rediscover itself.
As it turns out, the Paris Saint-Germain man has played a key role in the Nations League triumph with a goal and an assist in both the Belgium and Spain victories and suddenly has evidence to point to that he can, in fact, dovetail with Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema in attack very nicely.
Although most of the talking points of lately have been based on Mbappe’s recent media appearances as his future continues to take center stage, Benzema too has enjoyed a very productive pair of outings with goals in each and now senior international silverware.
Deschamps, too, has been vindicated by his players’ performances over…
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