Mbappe’s 80th minute goal seal the deal for France to clinch UEFA Nations league final

MILAN: Reigning World Champions France beat Spain by 2-1 to win the UEFA Nations League final at the San Siro stadium on Sunday evening.

The first half delivered quite flat from both sides as they both struggled to break down the other. Manchester United stalwart Raphael Varane injury gave chills to France at the end of the first half and was replaced by Upamecano before halftime.  

From a series of attacks on the French side, the Spanish forward Mikel Oyarzabal scored in the 64th minute which gave Spain to lead in the second half.   

But seconds later Real Madrid star Karim Benzema equalized the score to 1-1 with an intense strike into the top corner.  

Then Kylian Mbappe came into the spotlight and scored against them but the Spanish defence was convinced that Mbappe was in an offside position but the officials ruled out Spaniards protest. Although after a thorough check, VAR deemed that Eric Garcia’s touch played Mbappe and created a new phase of play and awarded the goal to France giving the Les Blues to come back into the game.  

In extra time, Spain wanted to find an equalizer as they threw everyone into the penalty area on the opposite side but France hold their horses tight to thwart any Spanish attack and when the final whistle came, the reigning champions become the new champions of the UEFA Nations League. 

France becomes the first team to win a trio the World Cup, the Euro and the Nations League. 

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