Kylian Mbappe stayed tuned to score the winner in the Nations League final
Kylian Mbappe shot a controversial winner as France came in from behind to beat Spain and become the second team to win the Nations League.
Mbappe was considered onside when he slipped the ball under Unai Simon after Karim Benzema’s stunning equalizer at Milan’s San Siro.
Spain had taken the lead through Mikel Oyarzabal, who had to shake off defender Dayot Upamecano to defeat Hugo Lloris.
Lloris produced two late saves to ensure victory for the world champion.
He initially contested Oyarzabal before acrobatically fending off Yeremi Pino’s stoppage-time efforts as France became the competition’s second winner after Portugal in 2019.
But the Mbappe winner will prove to be a moment of debate as the goal stands despite the Paris St-Germain striker being sidelined in Theo Hernandez’s first through pass.
Spain defender Eric Garcia touched the ball to remove the threat before it came to Mbappe gained an advantage “.
France, who reached the final on Thursday 2-0 deficit against neighboring Belgium 3-2, had to fight back again in a game that came to life after an hour of technical but sedate action.
The resilience of Didier Deschamps’ side was again on display when Benzema twisted his right foot to roll the ball over Simon less than two minutes after Oyarzabal’s opening game for Spain.
And although France had less possession (36%), they always looked threatened on the counterattack as Mbappe delivered the decisive – and perhaps lucky – blow.
Benzema, who returned to the national team in the summer before Euro 2020, told French TV channel M6: “I really wanted to win a trophy with France and now it’s done.
“We have shown strength of character because this team is very strong, they never give up and we have shown that today.
“It’s a sign of a great team not to panic, be patient and wait for the right opportunity.”
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Referee: Anthony Taylor
Number of participants: 31,511
Game ends, Spain 1, France 2.
Second half ends, Spain 1, France 2.
Attempt blocked. Sergio Busquets (Spain) header from the center of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yeremi Pino with a cross.
Corner, Spain. Granted by Karim Benzema.
Attempt saved. Yeremi Pino (Spain) left footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the center of the goal.
Corner, Spain. Admitted by Paul Pogba.
Attempt failed. Mikel Merino (Spain) header from the center of the box misses to the left. Assisted by César Azpilicueta with a cross.
Replacement, France. Jordan Veretout replaces Antoine Griezmann.
Attempt blocked. Pablo Fornals (Spain) right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Supported by Koke.
Kylian Mbappé (France) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Yeremi Pino (Spain) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Kylian Mbappé (France).
Attempt saved. Kylian Mbappé (France) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the center of the goal. Supported by Karim Benzema.
César Azpilicueta (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Karim Benzema (France).
Attempt saved. Mikel Oyarzabal (Spain) left footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the center of the goal. Supported by Marcos Alonso.
Attempt failed. Antoine Griezmann (France) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Supported by Paul Pogba after a standard situation.
Aymeric Laporte (Spain) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Aymeric Laporte (Spain).
Léo Dubois (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.