Spain were unsuccessful in their bid to win the UEFA Nations League after they were beaten in the final by reigning world champions France. The French team came from a goal down to beat Spain 2-1 in a controversial manner during the final played at the San Siro, Milan on Sunday night.
In their semi-final clash, France beat Belgium 3-2 after netting three times in the second 45 minutes to turn around the game. RomeluLukaku and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco had given the Red Devils a two-nil lead at the half-time interval before goals from Karim Benzema, KylianMbappe and left-sided defender Theo Hernandez turned the game on its head in favour of France. On their part, Spain beat 10-man Italy 2-1 to qualify for the UEFA Nations League final. Manchester City starFerran Torres scored twice in the first half to lead the Spanish team to victory, while Lorenzo Pellegriniscored the Italy goal seven minutes from the end of the game. The Italians had Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci sent off after two yellow cards. Bonucci was the skipper on the pitch before his red card.
In the final, Spain took the lead courtesy Real Sociedad attacker Mikel Oyarzabal midway into the second half. France equalised almost immediately with a moment of brilliance from Karim Benzema. The Real Madrid striker restored parity for France two minutes after Spain had taken the lead thus paving the way for Paris Saint Germain (PSG) star KylianMbappe to score a controversial goal ten minutes from time.
The goal from Mbappe gave France the UEFA Nations League via the comeback win over the Spanish team.