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France wins the UEFA Nations League 2021

France wins the UEFA Nations League 2021

The current world champion beat Spain on Sunday evening in San Siro in Milan to become the second winner of the Uefa Nations League after Porgutal. 

On Wednesday, the La Roja had ended the unbeaten run of Italy, the European champions with a 2-1 victory secure the spot in the final while it took a last minute volley from Theo Hernandez to complete France come back from 2 goals down to set up a heavyweight clash between the La Roja and Les Blues on Sunday.

Earlier on Sunday afternoon, Italy had beaten Belgium 2-1 to claim third spot, thanks to a wonderful volley from Nicolo Barella and a spot kick from Berrardi. 

It was a comfortable start for Spain, but they couldn’t get past the French backing with Pogba anchoring the middle of the pack. Things changed when when Raphael Varane pulled up a thigh injury and was replaced by Dayot Upamecano. 

And in the 64th minute, It was the Bayern Munchen defender mistake that put Oyarzabal through on goal to bury the ball into the bottom corner. It looked like it was going to be the La Roja’s day until Benzema levelled in 66th minute with a wonderful curler from the edge of the box. 

Having scored the equalising penalty against Belgium in the Semi final, Kylian Mbappe didn’t get much of the ball all through the game but a through ball from Theo Hernandez and a touch from Spain’s Eric Garcia while trying to clear the balls was what the PSG forward needed to put the ball under Unai Simon. The Spanish players complained that Mbappe was offside but after consulting the VAR, the goal stood because of the touch from Eric Garcia. 

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Spain threw everything at the French defense line but Hugo Lloris was on top of his game for the last ten minutes, making two world class saves to secure the win for his country.

The Les Blues have now redeemed themselves following their shock exit to Switzerland in the last 16 of the Euros and Spanish coach Luis Enrique will see this as a step up for his young side to build and create a lasting team for the La Rojas.

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