Belgium players would have thought about how they would overtake Spain in the UEFA Nations League final after taking a two-goal lead at half-time, but world champions France had other ideas.
They stormed back in the second half with three goals to claim the final ticket and doom the Red Devils to another tournament where they’ve gone this far but don’t actually claim the title.
The two semi-finals were thrilling end-to-end matches and the final should be an offensive spectacle. ?
In a match that was a two-half story, Belgium were the best team in the first half and could have taken the lead as early as the fifth minute when Hugo Lloris made an incredible save on a Kevin De Bruyne shot on goal. .
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Kylian Mbappe saved a shot in the 23rd minute as the action continued. Yannick Carrasco put the No. 1 of FIFA in the 37th minute when he dropped a shoulder and fooled Lloris with his low shot.
Romelu Lukaku scored the double on point at half-time when he wiped out Lloris with a nice 2-0 first-half result.
The second half sees a more coordinated and energetic French team, swarming the Belgians and deploying Mbappe’s speed.
But Belgium coach Roberto Martinez will believe his defenders should have done better for France’s first goal with Karim Benzema. Real Madrid should have had no hope of pulling out his shot surrounded by three defenders, but somehow they found the gap to get France back into the game.
A mistake in concentration by Youri Tielemans gave France a draw from the spot.
Tielemans lost the ball and when given a second chance to cancel, Antoine Griezmann passed. The VAR sent referee Daniel Siebert to the monitor who gave the penalty. Mbappe stepped forward and passed Thibaut Courtois.
Belgium then thought they had won with Lukaku in the 88th minute when they received on the end of a cross from Carrasco, but the VAR judged the Chelsea man for losing a little offside.
Two minutes later, the two French full-backs teamed up to give the World Champions the lead for the first time. France steps forward with Griezmann, who passes to Benjamin Pavard.
His cross was not well cut by the Belgian defenders and fell invitingly on Theo Hernandez who passed his shot on Courtois, who got the shot with his fingertips but couldn’t stop him.
France made it and have the opportunity to win their first UEFA Nations League title on Sunday when they face Spain in the San Siro final.
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