Mbappe scores in the final of the Nations League final with France beating Spain – reaction
In Baku, the Republic of Ireland beat Azerbaijan 3-0 behind two goals from Callum Robinson. It was Stephen Kenny’s first competitive win as manager. The final of the Nations League final France vs Spain
This win will ease Kenny’s pressure after the Republic went 12 consecutive competitive matches winless under Kenny. Substitute Chiedozie Ogbene scored the third with a late goal for West Brom.
In midweek, Robinson revealed he had not been vaccinated against Covid-19. Scottish defender Scott McTominay sparks bedlam at Hampden after scoring an injury-time winner against Israel keeps his side on course to qualify for the World Cup.
Munas Dabbur’s stinging finish twice put the visitors ahead in a thrilling match following a brilliant free kick by Eran Zahavi. Lyndon Dykes belatedly equalised after a VAR check post-interval, after John McGinn briefly levelled with a superb strike. McTominay scored in the 59th minute to give Scotland a two-win cushion with trip to the Faroe Islands and Moldova to follow.
It will be a battle between Wales and Estonia
To avoid a repeat of last month’s goalless draw, Wales have vowed to go all-out in attack against Estonia on Monday. In the absence of automatic qualification. The play-offs are the only realistic way for Wales to qualify for Qatar next season. Third-placed Wales trails second-placed Czech Republic on goal difference, but with a game left to play. Robert Page, manager, said, “We must fight from the very beginning.”
In the third place race, Italy beat Belgium
It might have ended Italy’s 37-match unbeaten run when they lost to Spain in the Nations League semifinals, but they came out on top against Belgium in the third place play-off. The game at Juventus Stadium in Turin began with a goal from Nicolo Barella after the break before Domenico Berardi’s penalty. Belgium hit the woodwork three times before Charles de Ketelaere pulled one back late on. Despite their efforts to equalize, the Italians maintained their third place. The final of the Nations League final France vs Spain
Football between the two sides was tight in the first 45 minutes. In spite of suspicions of offside, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema had a chance early on. But held the ball too long, allowing Cesar Azpilicueta to clear his deep cross.
Benzema, Griezmann and Mbappe held in check by Spain’s defensive line, with 17-year-old Barcelona midfielder Gavi leading the way.
In the sixth minute, Luis Enrique played his first substitution. Yeremi Pino came in for Pablo Sarabia, and things started picking up after that.
On the counter attack, the French lurched forward as Mbappe and Benzema charged down the left flank. With the latter providing the pass for Hernandez, who shot off the crossbar.
France Beat Spain
After a couple of passes back and forth, Spain was able to unravel France, and Oyarzabal finished with aplomb on his left foot to put Spain 1-0 ahead. The final of the Nations League final France vs Spain
It was an immediate reaction from France. The defending world champions leveled the score shortly after Spain’s celebration by scoring through the veteran striker Benzema. Back to the bench went Luis Enrique with a quarter of an hour to go, this time swapping Koke and Gavi, but the momentum stayed with France and it yielded the decisive score in the final 10 minutes, albeit with some controversy. Theo slipped a pass into Mbappe, who initially appeared offside, but the flag stayed down and the PSG man finished to earn his side a 2-1 lead. The Spanish players looked around waiting for the flag to be raised and then for VAR to overturn the goal, but the original call stood. Spain vs France Final 2021
In hopes of getting a late equalizer, Pablo Formal’s and Mikel Merino were brought into the fold for Rodri and Ferran Torres, respectively. Spain poured numbers forward and had a few good looks for a late leveler, including good cracks from Oyarzabal and Pino, only to be denied by France goalkeeper Hugo Lori’s until the final whistle.