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Belgium – France 2-3, in the semifinals of the League of Nations
The match started spectacularly, with a huge opportunity for Belgium, when Lloris had an incredible parade in front of De Bruyne. Two minutes later, the world champion gave the reply through Mbappe, but the Belgians made a checkmate of France’s defense twice in 3 minutes, when Ferreira Carrasco and Lukaku made it 2-0.
At the end of the first half, Hazard also had a chance, and at the other goal, Mbappe shot in the side net. Led by two goals at the break, the French forced in the second half, and Griezman wasted a huge situation.
Belgium – France 2-3. In the Nations League final, the French will face Spain
France’s fittest player, Karim Benzema, reduced the lead in the 62nd minute, and a few minutes later, the referee awarded a penalty after consulting the VAR. Mbappe equalized from the point with lime and the match seemed to go to extra time.
De Bruyne’s “bomb” followed, removed by Lloris from under the crossbar, and then Griezmann and Tchouameni could not defeat Courtois. The end was fiery. Mbappe shot past the goal and Lukaku scored, but his success was canceled due to offside.
In the last minute, Pogba’s shot, from a free kick, hit the wrist of the bars, and 5 seconds before the end of regulation time, Theo Hernandez Belgium – France ended 2-3. It is Belgium’s second defeat in the last 32 matches, while the French are unbeaten in 25 games.
VIDEO Belgium – France 2-3:
Min. 90: France! A few seconds before the end, Pavard crosses into the box, the ball is rejected with the heel of Alderweireld, and Theo Hernandez comes from behind and scores with a powerful shot from 15 meters.
Min. 90: Bar France. Pogba takes a free kick, but it hits the crossbar.
Min. 87: Belgium canceled the goal! Ferreia Carrasco enters from the left and crosses into the box, from where Lukaku scores, but his success is canceled due to offside, after consulting the VAR.
Min. 86: Opportunity France. After a “first” combination between Griezmann, Pogba and Mbappe, the last one ends, but the ball goes around the goal a little.
Min. 77: Opportunity France. Pavard crosses the ball into the box from the free kick that Griezmann blocks to a block, but the ball reaches Tchouameni, who shoots wide.
Min. 73: Occasion Belgium. Lukaku places the ball on De Bruyne, who shoots well, but Lloris clears it from under the crossbar.
Min. 69: France goal. Mbappe converts the penalty kick.
Min. 68: Penalty for France after Tielemans shoots at Griezmann. The referee consults the VAR.
Min. 62: France goal! Mbappe passes for Benzema, who dribbles past Witsel, pivots next to Denayer, shoots from the return and scores.
Min. 58: Opportunity France. Min.27, Mbappe sends a lovely pass to the feet of Ferreira Carrasco who races through the defense going 1-on-1 with the keeper …. beautiful goal!
Min. 46: The second half begins.
Min. 45: At the break, Belgium – France 2-0.
Min. 45: Opportunity France. Mbappe is launched into the depths, enters the box, but shoots into the side net.
Min. 45: Occasion Belgium. Lukaku places the ball on Eden Hazard, who shoots exactly in the direction of the goalkeeper, and he catches it.
Min. 40: Goal Belgium. De Bruyne passes the ball to Lukaku, who pivots and shoots hard, from an angle, on the short corner, under the crossbar.
Min. 37: Goal Belgium! De Bruyne passes to Ferreira Carrasco, who takes a corner kick and opens the scoring, after the ball is deflected by Kounde.
Min. 6: Great opportunity France! Griezmann sends Mbappe a little behind him, who somehow manages to catch the ball, enters the box in a flash, passes the goalkeeper and passes with his heel behind, but no colleague was there.
Min. 4: Huge opportunity Belgium! Lukaku crosses in the box, Kounde makes a mistake, De Bruyne comes from behind and shoots from close range, but Lloris has an incredible parade.
Min. 1: The match begins.
Belgium: Courtois – Alderweireld, Denayer, Vertonghen – Chestnut, Witsel, Tielemans, Carrasco – De Bruyne, Lukaku, Hazard
Reserves: Mignolet, Casteels, Batshuayi, Boyata, de Ketelaere, Dendoncker, Foket, Lukebakio, Saelemaekers, Theate, Trossard, Vanaken
Coach: Roberto Martinez
France: Lloris – Kounde, Varane, Lucas Hernandez – Pavard, Pogba, Rabiot, Theo Hernandez – Griezmann – Benzema, Mbappe
Reserves: Maignan, Costil, Ben Yedder, Diaby, Digne, Dubois, Guendouzi, Kimpembe, Martial, Tchouameni, Upamecano, Veretout
Coach: Didier Deschamps
Belgium did not play in the final of a European competition since 1980, when it lost to West Germany, score 1-2, in the last act at EURO. France is aiming for the third European trophy in history and the first in the League of Nations, after the triumph at EURO 1984 and 2000.
The UEFA Nations League, a competition set up in 2018, has only one winner so far, Portugal, in 2019.
After being eliminated in the quarterfinals of EURO 2020, 1-2 with Italy, Belgium won all three matches in the preliminaries for CM 2022 Qatar (5-2 with Estonia, 3-0 with the Czech Republic, 1-0 with Belarus).
France had a hesitant course after the surprising failure in the eighth finals of EURO 2020, with Switzerland, 3-4 after the tiebreaks. In the preliminaries for Qatar 2022, the team prepared by Didier Deschamps drew with Bosnia and Herzegovina (1-1) and Ukraine (1-1), managing to defeat Finland (2-0).
The big absence for France is midfielder N’Golo Kante, who tested positive for the new coronavirus at the end of September. At the same time, Anthony Martial is uncertain for the match with Belgium, due to some muscle problems.
The most recent confrontation between Belgium and France took place at the 2018 World Cup, in the semifinals, in St. Petersburg, and France won 1-0 (Umtiti 51 ‘).
Belgium – France, LIVE VIDEO on Digi Sport 1, from 21:45. Probable teams:
Belgium: Courtois – Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen – Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, Thorgan Hazard – De Bruyne, Lukaku, Eden Hazard.
France: Lloris – Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Lucas Hernandez – Rabiot, Tchouameni, Pogba – Mbappe, Griezmann, Benzema.
Spain, the first finalist of the League of Nations
The Spanish national team defeated, on Wednesday evening, in Milan, with the score of 2-1, the Italian team, and qualified for the final of the League of Nations.
The winners scored through Ferran Torres, in the 17th and 45 + 2 minutes. Pellegrini scored for Italy in the 83rd minute. Bonucci was eliminated from the Italians in the 42nd minute.
The small final of the League of Nations will be played on Sunday, from 16.00, in Turin, and the big final also on Sunday, from 21.45, in Milan.
VIDEO with the summary of the match Italy – Spain 1-2
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