France rises as the new Nations League champion after an express comeback to a Spain that dominated but once again paid for its lack of determination in attack. Oyarzabal opened the scoring but two minutes later Benzema responded with a great goal and it was Mbappé, with controversy, who finally decided the score for the ‘bleus’.
Luis Enrique came out with a new commitment to youth, replacing Gavi as the starter and returning Eric García and Rodri to eleven. Ferran was also able to start, after overcoming the ankle problems that kept him incognito until after the warm-up.
La Roja began pressing and wanting to dominate the ball, as he showed from the start of the match. However, it was France who had the first chance of danger in the match. Pogba filtered a ball for Benzema, who received only against Unai Simón, but his cross after dribbling the goal did not come to fruition.
The arrival gave wings to the French to begin to come up and disturb the goal of Spain, although leaving the possession to those of Luis Enrique and waiting for a mistake with a high pressure at the exit of the ball.
It did not take long for Red to respond with its first approach with an action from Ferran, which was the best of the first half. After his hospitalization on the right, where the Spaniards struck the most, his center could not be comfortably finished off by Sarabia and Lloris caught without complications.
Fifteen minutes before the break, Spain requested a penalty for a hand by Koundé in a cross from Rodri’s left. However, neither the referee nor the VAR observed anything punishable. Shortly after, he had another chance to disturb Lloris the selection with a free kick from Marcos Alonso, although he went away.
Shortly before the break, the first setback for the French team came with Varane’s injury, who had to ask for the change for Upamecano to enter. If the United team got the negative note from the first act, the positive one goes to Gavi, who once again had very good minutes both with and without the ball.
In the first minutes after the restart, the dominance of the Spanish team was diluted and there was more chaos in the creation of both teams. That swing in the control of the ball caused two scares in a row in the two goals.
First with a gift from Koundé on a ball that Spain stole and Sarabia led in a suitable counter to overtake La Roja, but his center went too long. Immediately after, France responded, but a providential cut from Alonso avoided Mbappé’s point-blank shot.
The Deschamps team found their best opportunity with a book counterattack that ended with a shot to the crossbar by Theo that ended up bouncing wide and that ended up giving rise to the goal carousel.
Spain would be the one who would see the door in the first instance, with a great play by Oyarzabal to take the ball stumbling against Upamecano and define very heeled by beating Lloris and sowing euphoria on the red bench.
However, just two minutes later Benzema would pour a jug of cold water on the Spanish joy with an anthological goal from the peak of the area to return the tie to the scoreboard.
The blow that Spain received was important and it was then that despair began. Despite the fact that Luis Enrique’s men tried to build following their line in the game, the individualities ended up making the difference in favor of France.
After Benzema, it was now Mabppé who made the second thanks to a deep pass from Theo. He misled Unai with a bicycle and sent the ball to the bottom of the nets before the Spanish protest for an offside that, despite being clear in the broadcast, the VAR did not end up giving it.
Oyarzabal had the tie in his boots in the final minutes, with a volley that he finished off inside the area but sent something centered and was able to stop Lloris with an excellent hand. He repeated the French goal in another frank shot from Yéremi Pino in a corner to once again frustrate the Spanish illusions.
Luis Enrique’s disciples tried in every way but without obtaining any fruit, against a France that, as the coach warned in the previous game, had its victory thanks to two genius of Benzema and Mbappé.