Lucas Hernández and Adrien Rabiot were missing from France. The latter was in quarantine. He tested positive for the corona virus after the victory in the semi-finals against Belgium (3-2) on Thursday. They were replaced in the starting line-up by Presnel Kimpembe and Aurélien Tchouaméni. Spain were missing Pau Torres and Koke compared to the 2-1 semi-final won against Italy. Eric García and Rodri were their replacements.
The first big chance was for Karim Benzema after more than five minutes. He passed Unai Simon, but then saw his bet cleared from the line. Then for a long time not much happened in San Siro, but after more than an hour of play, the game broke loose. First Theo Hernández hit the bar with a flaming shot, after which the Spaniards struck in the counter. Mikel Oyarzabal was the end station and shot the ball excellently into the far corner.
Spain couldn’t enjoy the lead for long, because less than two minutes later, Benzema scored brilliantly. From the corner of the penalty area, he curled the ball into the far top corner.
Ten minutes before time, the French took the lead. Kylian Mbappe was tucked away just in time and then kept cool before finishing. Despite the strong offside air, the VAR did not intervene in the hit of the star attacker.
Spain had another great chance to equalize. Where Oyarzabal shot perfectly into the corner half an hour earlier, he aimed less well this time, allowing Hugo Lloris to make a clever save. In the final phase, even goalkeeper Simon went forward with corner kicks from Spain. He almost got the ball at his feet once, but couldn’t pull the trigger. As a result, Didier Deschamps’ team stepped off the field in Milan as the winner.