Despite a failed European Cup, France adds a new trophy to its palmares: The brand new Cup of the Nations League.
Thirteen months before the World Cup in Qatar (21 November-18 December 2022), the world champions have filled their trophy cupboard a little more by taking over from Portugal from Cristiano Ronaldo , sacred in 2019.
#Nationsleague « France defeated Spain 2 goals to 1 on Sunday in the Nations League final, thanks to goals from Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappé.».
It is neither the Euro nor the World Cup but it is all the same an additional trophy won by the Blues. In the final of the League of Nations, France beat Spain (2-1) Sunday, October 10 at the San Siro stadium in Milan in the final of the competition. Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappé scored for France and Mikel Oyarzabal opened the scoring for Spain.
The League of Nations is a young competition which does not yet have the prestige of a European or World Cup, but the quality of the participants this year raises the level of the competition and makes France's victory all the more. more beautiful.
Little opportunity and no goals in the first half
The two teams led by their respective coaches Didier Deschamps for France and Luis Enrique for Spain each had a team made up of the best players, however we had a gloomy spectacle in the first half, with little action and enthusiasm, hardly any opportunity to score or even attempt, the meeting promising to be frankly gloomy with a French defense which gave an impression of feverishness and the Spaniards who did not take advantage of it, contenting themselves with passes.
One of the rare events of this first half was Jules Koundé's nudge in the 31st minute, without consequences and the loss of defender Raphaël Varane, injured in the thigh before half time.
The match was activated in the second half.
It was not until the 64th minute to see Urélien Tchouaméni, make a raid in the Spanish camp and the recovery of Theo Hernandez, who landed on the Spanish crossbar.
The Spaniards reacted to this attack by rushing into the French camp and on a deep pass
from captain Sergio Busquets, Mikel Oyarzabal opened the scoring for the Spaniards in the
64th minute. Spain then led 1 - 0 and the match started very badly for the French.
Of the 31,500 spectators, many were Spaniards and then gave "Olé" for this Spanish team.
It was without counting on the mental of the France team which from the 66e minute will equalize with a curled strike from Karim Benzema superbly served by Kylian Mbappé, France equalize to the score at 1 -1.
At the 80th minute, the second goal was signed Mbappé on a pass from Theo Hernandez, France then led 2-1 and despite a heavy pressing from the Spaniards, it will never be joined in the score.