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Kylian Mbappe wins the UEFA Nations League final for Les Blues

Kylian Mbappe trailed France in the 80th minute to beat Spain in the UEFA Nations League final.

Mikel Oyarzabal gave Spain the lead in the second half before goals from Karim Benzema and Mbappe turned the game around.

France won their second Nations League game in a row from behind. Didier Deschamps’ side fought back earlier this week to beat Belgium 3-2.


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Paul Pogba and Benzema got together well early on, but Cesar Azpilicueta prevented the latter from pitching Mbappe.

Hugo Lloris easily saved Pablo Sarabia on the other end, while Azpilicueta again defeated Benzema with a key pad.

France Defender Jules Kounde survived a VAR expulsion for a possible handball in the penalty area and Marcos Alonso then rolled a free kick with Lloris helplessly in anticipation of a cross.

Les Bleus lost defender Raphael Varane in a blow to his club Manchester United just before the break. Dayot Upamecano took his place.

A mistake by Kounde allowed Sarabia to run free on the cross, but his cross escaped Oyarzabal and Ferran Torres. A half chance at Mbappe was then wiped out by Alonso before the game came to life in a dramatic three minutes.

Theo Hernandez, who scored the French late winner against Belgium on Thursday, was only the bar far from repeating the feat but instead Spain broke the other end and Oyarzabal snatched Sergio Busquets’ long pass, taking it with Upamecano up and hit in the 64th minute.

However, France equalized two minutes later when Pogba and Mbappe combined to take the chance and Benzema brilliantly rolled home from an acute angle.

Mbappe shot wide and was blocked by Aymeric Laporte, while Unai Simon parried from Pogba as Didier Deschamps’ side gained the upper hand.

And they got their full reward when Mbappe delayed his run to run on Hernandez’s shot through and clinically land under Simon, with the goal confirmed by VAR after an offside check.

Lloris parried brilliantly after an Oyarzabal volley while Simon Mbappe denied a third, which would have been tough for Spain.

In the five minutes of injury, Simon was ahead after corners, but Lloris’ save in front of substitute Yeremi Pino destroyed the last Spanish hope.

Italy beat Belgium 2-1 in the match for third place, with Domenico Berardi’s penalty being decisive.

After Thibaut Courtois defeated Federico Chiesa in another goalless first half, Nicolo Barella volleyed the Azzurri into the lead in the first minute of the second period and Berardi doubled their lead after Leicester’s Timothy Castagne fouled Chiesa.

Belgium scored in the first half through Alexis Saelemaekers and in the second through Michy Batshuayi and Yannick Carrasco, but had to go through to 86.

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