Match Review: Spain vs France – UEFA Nations League Final

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A slow first half, a dramatic second half. There are still questions and doubts about the UEFA Nations League Final match between Spain and France. Was Mbappe’s goal offside? Some say it’s offside, and some say no. But according to the rule, it was not offside. But still, the Spanish fans will not approve of it. They consider it a stupid rule. The talks are still going on regarding the controversial goal.

On a Sunday evening in Milan, the first half of the game was calm as both teams started slowly. None of them got big chances, or they did not create significant opportunities. But overall, in the first half, the game was with Spain, and they had the upper hand with the ball. It seems like to have some Barcelona betting on Barca players while they play with Spain. Still, the first half score was 0-0. France showed a lack of rhythm in the first half as they could not dominate over the ball. Just like how they performed against Belgium in the semifinal. But luckily, they didn’t concede two goals against Spain in the final.

The starting minutes of the second half was silence before a storm. It just took three minutes to heat the match. Some twists and turns. At the 64th minute, Mikel Oyarzabal broke the deadlock after a physical battle with Upemecano. He fired the ball to the bottom corner with a left-foot strike. This goal was an awakening for the Les Bleus. They quickly recovered with a curler from the in-form Real Madrid man Benzema. France just needed a minute to level up. Benzema added another goal to his tally this season. Currently, he is the best player in Europe this season.

Confusion and controversy happened in the 80th minute when Mbappe scored the 2nd goal for France. Spain defenders were pretty sure that Mbappe was offside. But VAR didn’t turn the decision. Every Spanish player on the pitch was convinced that it was offside. But the touch from Eric Garcia played Mbappe onside, and the goal stood. That’s what the rule says.

The 2nd goal from Mbappe was enough for France. But Spain tried their best to find the equaliser till the last minutes. Some crucial saves from Hugo Lloris were critical to the result at the end. The French Captain stood stern till the final second to grab the victory for his team. The French squad showed the same comeback spirit that they showed against Belgium. They played like a big team after conceding the goal.

Mbappe’s goal would’ve been a massive boost for him after the disappointing performance in the Euros. After the match, Spanish Captain Busquets slammed the offside rule and said that it makes no sense.

Both teams will now prepare for the World Cup as there is a lot to correct and rethink.