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France won the Nations League on Sunday after coming from a goal down to beat Spain 2-1 in Milan courtesy of goals from Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe.

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France wins nations league

Mikel Oyarzabal put Spain ahead midway through the second half before Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe struck to claim the title for world champions France.

The win will ease some of the pain created by an early exit from Euro 2020 at the hands of Switzerland and highlighted just how powerful France are going forward.

Les Bleus came out on top of a match at the San Siro which came to life after Oyarzabal slid home the opener in the 64th minute.

As well as the two goals from their superstar attackers, France had other opportunities to score through Mbappe before a frantic finish in which Spain launched an assault on the French goal.

Didier Deschamps can thank Hugo Lloris the match didn’t go into extra-time after the France captain pulled off a fine stoppage time save to deny Yeremi Pino a late leveller.

France's forward Karim Benzema (L) celebrates with France's forward Kylian Mbappe (C) and France's defender Theo Hernandez after scoring a goal during the Nations League final football match between Spain and France at San Siro stadium in Milan, on October 10, 2021.



Spain 4-3-3: Simon 6; Azpilicueta 6.5, Garcia 6, Laporte 6, Alonso 7; Gavi 6 (Koke 75), Busquets 7, Rodri 7; F.Torres 7, Oyarzabal 7.5, Sarabia 6 (Yeremy 61, 6).

Goals: Oyarzabal

Bookings: Laporte

Manager: Luis Enrique 6.5

France 3-4-1-2: Lloris 6; Kounde 6, Varane 6.5 (Upamecano 43, 6), Kimpembe 6; Pavard 6 (Dubois 80), Tchouameni 7, Pogba 8.5, T.Hernandez 7; Griezmann 6.5; Benzema 8, Mbappe 7.5.

Goals: Benzema, Mbappe

Bookings: Pogba, Kounde

Manager: Didier Deschamps 6.5

Ref: Anthony Taylor 6

Att: 36,000

Earlier Italy took third place after beating Belgium 2-1 in Turin through goals form Nicolo Barella and Domenico Berardi.

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