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October 7 – In an astonishing rearguard action, world champion France defeated neighboring Belgium 3-2 with two goals to compete in the Nations League final with Spain.
In the 2018 World Cup semi-final repeat, France won the second Nations League semi-final with a single goal against Belgium and recovered from the disappointing round of 16 exits at EURO 2020. From start to finish, World Champion and World Number One brought strength, quality and drama.
The French faced a personality test, scoring two goals in half-time, but when Theo Hernandez abused another gruesome defense from the Belgians, he chased the game in the 90th minute and turned it around. I was allowed to. Alder Weireldo did not clear the ball – to bring a stunning victory.
Still, Belgium was excellent in the first half. Roberto Martinez’s team scored twice in the first three minutes. Initially, in the 37th minute Yannick Carrasco’s low strike was a completely wrong foot Hugo Lloris. Then Romelu Lukaku hit the ball beyond the French numbers. One from an acute angle following the help of Kevin De Bruyne.
The Belgians were disappointed with Euro 2020 and ended the tournament in the last eight times, where they rekindled their old form and took the lead with hard-working De Bruyne. They put pressure on the unit, enjoyed sufficient ownership, and Belgium stood on its forefoot, even though Kylian Mbappe’s speed was a threat to their unstable rearguard.
Manchester City’s midfielder made two injections to face Italy at the European Championship and admitted in a recent interview that he regrets the decision, making the world’s number one look different.
He set both goals to rattle France. Didier Deschamps didn’t take turns in half-time, but asked the wingback to play higher on the field. It led to more activity around the Belgian box, and France turned control of their territory into a goal from Karim Benzema, who straddled the box surrounded by three Belgians, and found the lower right corner. .. In the 69th minute, his Real Madrid colleague caught up with a penalty kick. Youri Tielemans kicked Antoine Griezmann’s leg in the box.
At the finish of the grandstand, Mbappe, who worked well with the formidable Benzema during the match, created a brilliant opportunity for Belgian defensive ball watching. At the counter, Lukaku scored a goal, but the striker was dominated offside. But the last word was for the world champion and his thundering Hernandez strike.
De Bruyne made a gesture in suffering, but his team was obsessed with the power and class of the French forward line and support cast in the second half. The Belgians couldn’t cope with their opponent’s high press and invited Deschamps XI to the game. Again, they suffocated their major opponents on a big occasion, making this player’s crop Monica “Golden Generation” meaningless. “It’s as if I lost twice,” said Roberto Martinez, who is questioning the future.
“The Belgian team disappeared in the second half,” Deschamps said. “Did they not be aggressive, or did we play better?” The embarrassed French coach can sigh of relief. His team was convinced that Mbappe highlighted the constant tragedy and Benzema’s tenacity and deadly instincts. His wingback choice was evidenced by the late Hernandez winner completing an exciting comeback that lifted the French spirit ahead of Sunday’s blockbuster final against Spain. “We are still alive,” Deschamps said.
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