France defeats Spain to win the Nations League with a late Mbappe’s goal.
France defeats Spain to win the Nations League. France came from behind to defeat Spain 2-1 and won the Nations League title for the first time in their history, thanks to a disputed late goal from Kylian Mbappe.
In the second half, Spain’s Mikel Oyarzabal scored a low driven goal, but Karim Benzema quickly equalized with a spectacular curler from the edge of the box into the top corner.
With both teams vying for their first Nations League championship, Kylian Mbappe scored the game-winning goal late on, neatly putting the ball past Unai Simon. VAR was called in to rule on a suspected offside, but the goal was upheld. In a very quiet first half, Spain enjoyed 64% possession and three harmless attempts on goal.
In the sixth minute, Benzema had the greatest opportunity of the game when he rounded goalkeeper Simon and attempted to square the ball across goal, but Cesar Azpilicueta was in the proper spot to clear the ball.
From the 63rd minute onwards, the game shifted from a scrappy affair to an end-to-end fight. Before Spain broke the deadlock at the opposite end, thanks to Oyarzabal, Theo Hernandez struck the woodwork from close range. He outmuscled France replacement Dayot Upamecano, who came on in the first half to replace the injured Raphael Varane, and blasted his left-footed shot past a helpless Hugo Lloris.
Two minutes later, France equalized due to Benzema’s stunning goal. Despite Simon’s fingers, the Real Madrid attacker cut onto his right foot and curled his shot into the top corner.
Mbappe raced onto a Hernandez through ball late in the game, executed a clever step-over in front of Simon, and then slotted the ball into the bottom corner to give France a disputed victory. It was sent to VAR because of a probable Mbappe offside. The goal was allowed to stand despite the close call.
Two minutes from time, Oyarzabal almost equalized, but his first-time shot was superbly parried away by Lloris’ powerful right hand.
In the closing seconds of injury time, national team captain Lloris was the hero once more, parrying a low attempt from outstanding replacement Yeremi Pino, and France hung on to win the trophy.