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          Benzema and Mbappe score for Les Bleus

          France come from behind to win Nations League

          2021/10/10 22:11
          Daniel Oliveira
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          Goals from Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe help France come from behind to produce a brilliant 2-1 win over Spain, at the San Siro in Italy, to win the second edition of the Nations League.

          Action: After two amazing semi-finals, the final proved something of an anti-climax in the first-half with both teams cancelling each other out.

          As expected, Spain dominated possession against the world champions and their control paid dividends in the 66th minute when Real Sociedad forward Mikel Oyarzabal broke the deadlock with a low driven strike.

          Within a minute, however, Real Madrid striker Benzema levelled the game for the French with a delightful curling shot into the top right corner.

          As both teams pushed for a decider, Mbappe delivered: coolly slotting past Unai Simon for the matchwinner. Controversy surrounded the goal, however, with Mbappe marginally offside, but English referee Anthony Taylor confirmed the goal after a VAR review due to a touch from Spanish defender Eric Garcia.

          Tottenham and France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris earned his keep in the latter stages denying goal-bound efforts from Oyarzabal and Yeremi Pino.

          Didier Deschamps world champions held on to their lead to lift the Nations League trophy for the first time in their history.

          Memorable moment: Benzema's goal. If there was a perfect time to score goal, Benzema's goal must have been close to it. Scoring an equaliser just two minutes after conceding was crucial for the French, and the Madrid man did it in style. The striker picked the ball up on the edge of the box, cut inside onto his favoured right foot and masterfully curled the ball into the top corner. 

          Man of the Match: Hugo Lloris. The French goalkeeper was a spectator for much of the game, but two tremendous saves at the death protected Les Bleus' slender advantage and he fully deserved his man of the match award.

          Stat of the Day: France are unbeaten in their last 25 competitive games (W17 D8), the second-longest unbeaten streak in their history (after a run between September 1994 and March 1999).

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