Spain mentions France, but falls with a controversial goal from Mbappé

Updated Sunday, October 10, 2021 –

The controversial play of 1-2, on the edge of offside, decides a final where the selection of Luis Enrique deserved better luck.

Mbapp beats Unai Simn in the 1-2 action at San Siro.REUTERS

The value of the tournament is what it is, all right, but leaving Milan having beaten the European champion and having discussed the match against the world champion until the end, being able to wield, in addition, the confused position of Mbapp in the second goal, it is great news for the project he leads Luis Enrique, which in an official final mir de tata France, ah is nothing, although he finally gave in to the higher individual quality of his opponent. Spain is not far from the big ones. Not much less. With losses of more than a dozen (almost) fixed, with the bet on a 17-year-old boy who is a thunderbolt, with a diffuse idea and with a lot, with a lot of personality, Spain already knows itself in the group of candidates for everything. That does not mean that he will suffer again, surely, because of his stupidity and his lack of goal, but here is a project, here is a direction. Here’s a team.

The leader is Luis Enrique, and behind him he has built a group capable of handling an overwhelming selection, physically and technically, and equalizing the game with nuances, with positional play, with high defense, with pressure, with the kilometers, with the loyalty to the way of playing. You might think that the natural thing was to repeat the eleven of the other day against Italy, but no.

Luis Enrique turned himself around and did something he had never done before. I put together Busquets already Rodri. For what? Probably to equalize as much as possible the physical duels, the jumps, the disputes. Next to them appeared Gavi, who were seen all night with Pogba, although on the first ball he touched he took Tchouameni in a “here I am” manual. The boy plays, and a lot. With and without ball. Luis Enrique also put Eric Garca, a ticking time bomb that went off when he beat Mbapp in the first race, which is saying a lot. Then, in the goal that decided the game (and that really seemed offside), he appeared in the photo, but without guilt.

Exit with Azpilicueta

At the beginning, Spain had a bad time. France entered better, with three centrals, two very high backs (Surname and Follow) and two sweepers behind the three megastars. In reality, the world champion was not able, even so, to generate a goal chance for Unai Simn in the first half, because the hand in hand of Benzema in the 10th minute it was offside, and had it ended in a goal it would have been annulled. Deschamps I decided that, if the opponent was going to get the ball played, that it was Azpilicueta the manager, so that he placed Mbapp and Benzema above the centrals, with Griezmann on Busquets, to look for that exit. The Chelsea captain’s drives could have been more productive, but Ferran Torres, very close to the band (unlike against Italy) and Gavi did not finish specifying.

At 10 minutes, Spain had already equalized the game, and from then on it dominated it almost unilaterally through the ball. France, by the way, does not have the concerns of Spain. The ball does not come out clean from the back, especially since Early got injured and left instead Upamecano, on the brink of rest. The selection bleu play long and trust your quality to get to the top. Without more. And without less, because the danger of their forwards is sensed just by seeing them walk. The selection had managed to nullify the obvious physical advantage, and individual quality, of the rival.

Happy for 60 seconds

The game went crazy in the 60th minute. First Theo crashed a ball off the crossbar after a play by Mbapp. After, Oyarzabal He won a run from the tremendous (size) Upamecano and put Spain ahead, who was happy for 60 seconds, what it took France to thread a three-touch play and Benzema, what a footballer! from the corner of the area, in draw a beautiful parable. All in three minutes. On his first clear chance, Spain was right. In his, France was right. And that, for an aspirant such as Luis Enrique’s selection today, was a very hard blow.

Mbapp, in the start that ended in 1-2.
Mbapp, in the start that ended in 1-2.TVE

Spain fell apart and was shaken, oh yes, by the world champion, sure that she had finally found the way. It’s as if Oyarzabal’s goal had awakened the beast. And France began to arrive more frequently, and with more people, the selection was somewhat long at that time. Marc Mbapp with eight minutes to go and there Spain demonstrated another quality that will be beneficial in the future. He tugged at his heart, squeezed his tonsils, and leaned over Lloris, who twice saved a tie that the young aspiring to the throne deserved. He ended up on top of France, warning him that the future has already arrived, and that Spain, Luis Enrique, his project, are already here. Despite the defeat.

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