Spanish City trio beaten as France win UEFA Nations League

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France came from behind to beat Spain 2-1 in the UEFA Nations League final.

Men’s team

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The first half was a sort of non-event, with the two teams canceling each other out.

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France rarely threatened, with Spain seeming the most likely to make the breakthrough.

Ferran Torres was sharp on the right flank and Rodrigo was at his best fight with Serio Busquets in midfield.

Aymeric Laporte – alongside former City teammate Eric Garcia – was rarely troubled by the significant threat from Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Karim Benzema for the first hour or so, with the world champions rarely stepping up a gear.

Torres, who scored twice in the midweek victory over Italy, was heavily used as a winger by Luis Enrique in this game.

Torres has been the subject of much debate this season as to whether his best position is a forward or a winger.

Pep Guardiola has compared City’s No.21 move to Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy in recent weeks, but he has rarely had a chance to threaten from central areas on the occasion.

And when La Roja finally broke through after 65 minutes, it looked like Spain was on the verge of securing victory at San Siro.

Sergio Busquets cut a ball on the way to Mikel Oyarzabal who hit a low disc in the lower right corner to bring the score to 1-0.

Within one minute, Benzema had increased the score to 1-1 with a delicious curling shot in the upper right corner of the net.

The leveler gave the Blues the boost and after 80 minutes Mbappe timed his run to perfection as he broke free and came home with the goal standing after a VAR check.

Spain had 10 minutes to come back, and with six minutes left, Torres was replaced by Merino.

But France held on to dominate the match 2-1 and give a new title to Didier Deschamp’s team.

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