France fights back to win Nations League with late goal from Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe scored late as world champions France came from behind to win the Nations League with a 2-1 victory over Spain in the final on Monday (AEST).

Mbappe netted with 10 minutes remaining as France were again forced to fight back, just as they had done in the semi-finals against Belgium.

There were few chances in a cagey final in Milan but the match burst into life shortly after the hour mark.

Moments after France hit the woodwork, Mikel Oyarzabal fired Spain in front, but their lead lasted less than two minutes before a magnificent finish from Karim Benzema in the 66th minute levelled the score.

“This is the first piece of silverware I’ve won with France, so I’m very proud and delighted,” said Benzema, who only recently returned to the France squad after a five-year absence.

Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring France’s first goal during the UEFA Nations League final against Spain.(Getty: Emmanuele Ciancaglini)

“We played two top-level performances.

“We went out there to win the trophy, so I’m delighted for the team as a whole and I’m proud as an individual.”

There was a video review for a possible offside on Mbappe but the goal was given as Spain defender Eric Garcia was the last to touch the ball as he attempted to intercept the pass to the France forward.

Two footballer celebrate after a goal is scored during a match
Goals from Karim Benzema (left) and Kylian Mbappe helped France claim Nations League victory.(AP: Luca Bruno)

“I don’t think I’ve ever talked bad about referees … I’ve got nothing to say,” Spain coach Luis Enrique said.

“I concentrate on trying to make my teams play the best way and accepting wins and losses.”

Meanwhile, European champion Italy defeated Belgium 2-1 to claim third place on Sunday.


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