Karim Benzema scored a brilliant goal to help France in close football scores during the final of the Nations League. It was Spain that took the lead in the 64th minute when Mikel Oyarzabal got the better of Dayot Upamecano. Karim Benzema then equalized with a curling shot past Unai Simon just moments before he hit the crossbar before the opener. Kylian Mbappe scored the all-important winner and gain redemption for his penalty miss that sent them crashing out of Euro 2020. The French picked up form in the tournament at the right time with them defending their World Cup crown in a year.
Spain manager Luis Enrique: “Irrespective of who we play against, or in what situation, we always try to play our way – with bravery, attacking with ambition. So tonight it’s not so much about the pain of defeat, it’s also about a tinge of sadness because we competed very well.”
France manager Didier Deschamps: “I’m very proud and very happy for the players. We went behind in both of the matches. Today we equalized quickly after going behind. Beyond the talent that we have in this team, there’s also their character and mentality, and I’m very proud of the players. We stopped playing after 20 minutes and you can’t do that against Spain. Our system, and the way we operate in it, still needs improvement. In the second half, we were more aggressive and forced them into mistakes.”
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