France defeated Spain in the 2021 UEFA Nations League final, played in San Siro, Milan, Italy. Victory in comeback for France, under in the second half due to Oyarzabal's goal. It took Benzema a minute to re-establish parity with a splendid right-footed shot before Kylian Mbappé scored the winning goal in the final.
The transalpines thus become the second national team to register their name in the roll of honor of the competition after the triumph of Portugal in 2019.
France had a better start in the first half and already on 5 'became dangerous with Benzema, good at skipping Unai Simón, but his cross in the middle was neutralized for a corner by the Spanish defense.
Spain tries to respond, controlling possession. In the second half the match remains balanced, but devoid of emotions. At least until the 63rd minute, when Theo Hernandez goes one step away from the advantage: his conclusion is printed on the crossbar.
A minute later, Oyarzabal runs deep, Upamecano stumbles and the Spanish forward scores the goal. At 66 'Benzema marks an unstoppable trajectory for Unai Simón with his right. Two minutes pass and Mbappé would have the ball for overtaking, but his lob with Unai Simón out of the posts ends just a little high.
Mbappé made no mistake in the 80th minute, when he beats the goalkeeper of the opposing team. In the 88th minute, Lloris' intervention on Oyarzabal's splendid volley shot was decisive. France is champion of the second edition of the continental tournament.
Paul Pogba takes France to the 2021 UEFA Nations League final
Paul Pogba in Turin was the great protagonist of the second semi-final of the UEFA Nations League 2021, which France won 2-1 against Belgium, also thanks to the super performance of the Manchester United midfielder.
Pogba, at the end of the match he won against Belgium in the Nations League, leaves a door open for his eventual return to Juve. He said: "I always talk to my former team-mates at Juventus. But now I'm in Manchester, I still have a year on my contract, then we'll see.
But I'm fine in Turin. The match? We started well, then we lowered ourselves and we immediately two goals, thanks to Belgium who are very strong on the counterattack, but in the second half it was another game and I am happy with our performance and now we are in the final against Spain."
Commenting on France's victory, Antoine Griezmann said: "We managed a fantastic game. At half-time Deschamps told us we had to go get them, that if we scored a goal he would change the game and that was it. We have a good group.
and now we have to recover and think about the final on Sunday. At 3-2 we were well focused, we knew we made a mistake against Switzerland at the European Championship, and now we want to show that we have the ability to win against any team.
this group of players. " Manager Didier Deschamps also said: "In the second part of the match Belgium forced us to play very low and we struggled to restart. In the second half we showed that France are competitive.
I changed the system from 1-2 games and it takes time. We have shown character and quality. Our strikers put pressure. Mbappé was unlucky in the European Championship, today he scored an important penalty. Many would have thought of an Italy-Belgium final.
Belgium are in first place. place in the ranking for many years and we weren't on the same path. Spain proved to be strong against Italy, who fought in ten until the end. I know the Spaniards. They will make us race."