Kylian Mbappe sacked a controversial winner as France came back to beat Spain to become the second team to win the Nations League.
Mbappe was ruled to be in play when he slipped the ball under Unai Simon after Karim Benzema’s stunning equalizer at San Siro in Milan.
Spain took the lead thanks to Mikel Oyarzabal, who dismissed defender Dayot Upamecano to beat Hugo Lloris.
Lloris made two late saves to secure victory for the world champions.
He initially denied Oyarzabal before acrobatically repelling Yeremi Pino’s effort in stoppage time, with France becoming the competition’s second winner after Portugal in 2019.
But Mbappe’s winner will prove to be a moment of debate, with the goal held even though the Paris St-Germain striker was in an offside position when Theo Hernandez played the first ball through.
Spain defender Eric Garcia touched the ball in his attempt to ward off danger before it got to Mbappe, and the rules state that “a player in an offside position receiving the ball from an opponent who deliberately playing the ball … is not considered to have gained an advantage “.
France, who reached the final coming from 2-0 to beat their Belgian neighbors 3-2 on Thursday, had to fight again and did so in a game that came to life after an hour of technical action but calm.
The resilience of Didier Deschamps’ team was once again in the spotlight as Benzema cut off his right foot to curl the ball on Simon, less than two minutes after Oyarzabal’s opener for Spain.
And even though France had less possession (36%), they constantly watched a threat on the counterattack as Mbappé struck the decisive – and possibly lucky – blow.
Benzema, who returned to the international fold ahead of Euro 2020 this summer, told French TV channel M6: “I really wanted to win a trophy with France, and now it’s done.
“We showed strength of character because this team is very strong, never gives up and we proved it today.
“It’s a sign of a great team not to panic, to be patient and to wait for the right opportunity.”
- 19The doorBooked at 86 minutes
- 9Paez GaviriaReplaced byKokeTo 75 ‘minutes
- 16RodriReplaced byFornalsTo 84 ‘minutes
- 11TorresReplaced byMerinoTo 84 ‘minutes
- 22SarabieReplaced byPinoTo 61 ‘minutes
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- 5KoundéBooked at 55 minutes
- 4VaraneReplaced byUpamecanoTo 43 ‘minutes
- 2PavardReplaced byDuboisTo 80 ‘minutes
- 6PogbaBooked at 46 minutes
- 7GriezmannReplaced byVeretallTo 90 + 2 ‘minutes
- tenMbappéBooked at 89 minutes
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The match ends, Spain 1, France 2.
Second Half ends, Spain 1, France 2.
Attempt blocked. Sergio Busquets (Spain) header from the center of the box misses to the right. Passed by Yeremi Pino from a cross.
Coin, Spain. Licensed by Karim Benzema.
Attempt saved. Yeremi Pino (Spain) left footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the top left corner.
Coin, Spain. Licensed by Paul Pogba.
Failed attempt. Mikel Merino (Spain) header from the center of the box misses to the right. Passed by César Azpilicueta from a center.
Substitution, France. Jordan Veretout replaces Antoine Griezmann.
Attempt blocked. Pablo Fornals (Spain) right footed shot from the center of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Koke.
Kylian Mbappé (France) is shown a yellow card for a bad foul.
free kick won Yeremi Pino (Spain) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Kylian Mbappé (France).
Attempt saved. Kylian Mbappé (France) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Karim Benzema.
free kick wonCésar Azpilicueta (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Karim Benzema (France).
Attempt saved. Mikel Oyarzabal (Spain) left footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Marcos Alonso.
Failed attempt. Antoine Griezmann (France) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Paul Pogba following a set-piece situation.
Aymeric Laporte (Spain) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Aymeric Laporte (Spain).
Léo Dubois (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.