The UEFA Nations League is not a European Championship or a World Cup, but it is a title. That is why this renewed Spain of Luis Enrique dreamed of winning as the National Team did between 2008 and 2012, however there will be a decade of drought at least. France took the final with a genius from Benzema and a controversial goal from Mbappé in a possible offside.
Eric García touched the ball, but Mbappé started early. Spain could no longer react and was defeated by an absurd rule. The selection of Luis Enrique did not suffer until the match got out of control and there the quality of Benzema and the PSG star made the difference.
The game had two distinct parts. The first was boring and Spanish-controlled, but without occasions. And the second, fun and with goals. The National Team went ahead with a goal from Oyarzabal, but Benzema immediately tied with a work of art. The quick French reaction and Mbappé’s goal in the decisive stretch of the match knocked out Spain.
Luis Enrique opted for the same eleven that gave him the pass to the final with the only news from Eric García and Rodri by Pau Torres and Koke. Deschamps also made two changes from the game against Belgium and opted for Tchouameni to replace Rabiot, down for Covid, and for Kimpembe instead of Lucas Hérnandez.
Spain took control of the ball from the start and controlled a France that was looking to do damage to the counter. The speed of Mbappé, Benzema and Griezmann did not iniquitous Luis Enrique’s team in the first half. Only one opportunity from Benzema, who started in a possible offside, disturbed Unai Simón who came into play more with his feet than with his hands.
Little more gave of himself a first act in which the Selection did not have any chance to score. If a penalty was claimed by Koundé after a Rodri cross, but with the current rules it is no longer clear when it is and when it is not. The bad news for France came in the form of an injury before the break. Varane had to retire due to a puncture in the thigh and Upamecano entered his place, thus keeping Deschamps the defense with three centrals.
The hostilities between one team and the other came in a much more fun second part. Luis Enrique put in the young Yeremy Pino to have more overflow and reach the area, but France almost got oil after a loss of the Villarreal player. Against very fast, Busquets fails to knock Pogba down, and Theo Hernández ends up sending the ball to the crossbar.
That minute, 64, would be key in the game, since the French crossbar was passed to the goal of Spain. A high pass from Busquets to Oyarzabal and the Basque footballer plays well with Upamecano to win the fight and cross the ball out of reach of Lloris. Great goal and the selection of Luis Enrique who had achieved the most difficult.
However, the joy in Spain did not last long. On the next play Benzema took a shot with a thread to the squad to put the 1-1 at San Siro and equalize the final again. The Real Madrid forward continues to give arguments to those who defend his candidacy for this year’s Ballon d’Or. From goal to goal and the game that had entered a phase of continued madness.
And in the chaos it was France who reigned. And with a lot of controversy. In the 80th minute, a deep pass to Mbappé served for the superstar desired by Real Madrid to get rid of Unai Simón calmly and score the 1-2. The goal seemed that it was going to be annulled because Mbappé started in an advanced position, however, the referee and the VAR understood that Eric García touched the ball and that enabled him to enable the position of the French striker.
Be that as it may, Mbappé’s goal was the sentence for a Spain that still had the tie in the boots of Oyarzabal and Yeremy Pino. However, Lloris appeared to end up breaking the dream of the National Team.