France took over Spain in the UEFA Nations League final clash against Spain at the San Siro stadium in Milan last night and Real Madrid and France international striker Karim Benzema has given a brief commentary on the team performance. Les Bleus were 0-1 down but within 20 minutes with Karim Benzema adding his name on the scoreboard the team managed to turn the tables and score 2 goals making it a 2-1 match score.
“The fate of all great teams is not to get nervous and wait for the right moment. And we did it. As a team and as an individual, I really wanted to win the trophy with my national team. We showed character and gave it all against a very strong team”, – Benzema told TF1, Mundo Deportivo reports. The 33-year-old Frenchman has added the trophy number 26 into his asset – his first on the international level.
Spain national team head coach Luis Enrique has also commented on the 1-2 defeat to France in the UEFA Nations League final. “Irrespective of who we play against, or in what situation, we always try to play our way – with bravery, attacking with ambition. So tonight it’s not so much about the pain of defeat, it’s also about a tinge of sadness because we competed very well,” the Spaniard said, as per UEFA.com
“I just wish we could have given the fans, who were wonderful, something to celebrate tonight. Not only did we beat the champions of Europe, but we also went toe-to-toe with the world champions. We really should have protected our lead longer – we had barely finished celebrating it before they scored a terrific goal to make it 1-1.”
The first few minutes cost us. France pressed us high but really well. Then in the second part, we had things relatively under control. The unfairness of football is that we had the chance to put a knockout move on France when we went 1-0 up but Karim Benzema did something superb”, he concluded.