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UEFA Nations League: Benzema and Mbappe helped France beat Spain

To claim the second-ever UEFA Nations League title at the San Siro stadium in Milan, France national team beat Spain 2-1. A purposeful start was made by Didier Deschamps’ men with Paul Pogba creating an early chance passing to his teammate Karim Benzema – the ball, however, was cut out by Cesar Azpilicueta.

In response, Ferran Torres from Spain picked out Pablo Sarabia down the other end of the pitch for Spain but his attempt was comfortably saved by Hugo Lloris. Later on, in the football match, Les Bleus were forced into a change just before the halftime mark as due to injury Raphael Varane left the pitch and was replaced by Dayot Upamecano.

At the end of the first period, Theo Hernandez came within inches of breaking the deadlock for France but hit the crossbar. Then moments later, Sergio Busquets played a long pass forward to Oyarzabal, who brilliantly took the ball in his stride and fired a fine left-footed strike past Lloris to score his sixth international goal.

As Karim Benzema made it two goals in as many games with a stunning curling effort to wipe out Spain’s lead just two minutes later it didn’t take long for the Frenchmen to restore the parity. In the 80th minute things got even worse for Enrique’s side when PSG star Kylian Mbappe smashed a great shot into the top corner after going one-one with the Athletic Bilbao keeper Unai Simon to give the reigning world champions a decisive 2-1 lead and a well-deserved Nations League title. Watch football highlights of the UEFA Nations League match where Italy defeated Belgium.

Spain – France 1:2

Goals: Oyarzabal 64’ – Benzema 66’, Mbappe 80’

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