Mbappe scored 'ghost goal', France beat Spain to win the European Championship

The French team was crowned the Nations League champion thanks to a big controversial goal.

Mbappe
Mbappe

Both France and Spain have had a disappointing summer. The world's top 2 football platforms failed to conquer Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympic gold medal, respectively. Therefore, both consider the Nations League final as an opportunity to regain the trust of the fans and create a push before the 2022 World Cup.

The caution of the two coaches made the match quite close. As usual, Spain dominated possession. However, their attack faced many difficulties against the multi-layered defense erected by France. On the other side of the front line, the trio of Griezmann-Mbappe-Benzema is also often hungry for the ball and does not create significant pressure.

The turning point only came in the second half, when Theo Hernandez on the French side hit the crossbar at Unai Simon after 64 minutes. Still regretting the missed opportunity, the Golgo Rooster suddenly conceded a goal. .

Receiving a pass from his teammates, Oyarzabal's handling is not really neat. Fortunately, French defender Upamecano was no better with an imprecise clearance. Thanks to that, Oyarzabal was still able to push the ball up and finish diagonally to knock out goalkeeper Lloris, opening the match.

Oyarzabal (No. 21) scored the opening goal for Spain
Oyarzabal (No. 21) scored the opening goal for Spain

Outside the field, coach Deschamps complained something to the referee. While he was still explaining, the student Benzema was able to bring the match to the starting line.

Having the ball on the left wing, the Real Madrid striker cut the ball into the middle and then launched a spectacular cut. Goalkeeper Simon, even though he touched the ball, could not stop the goal.

Benzema equalize for France
Benzema equalize for France

A series of situations happened too quickly to make the match exciting. Both coaches also urged the players to increase their formation to play in double attack to find the decisive goal.

Many shots were launched, and France was the more accurate and somewhat luckier team. In the 80th minute, Theo Hernandez poked a slot for Mbappe to come down to face the goalkeeper. The striker wearing the PSG shirt easily scored a goal to make it 2-1.

Mbappe beat goalkeeper Simon in a face-to-face position
Mbappe beat goalkeeper Simon in a face-to-face position

Looking back at the slow-motion tape, Mbappe seems to have received the ball in an offside position. But despite strong objections from the Spanish players, referee Anthony Taylor did not need to review the VAR screen to recognize the goal.

Mbappe seemed to be offside when he received a pass from a teammate. This phase of the ball caused a fierce controversy among fans as well as experts.
Mbappe seemed to be offside when he received a pass from a teammate. This phase of the ball caused a fierce controversy among fans as well as experts.

2-1 is also the final result. France won the Nations League title. They are the first European team to complete a trophy collection including the World Cup, Euro and Nations League. This trophy will be a premise for Deschamps' teachers and students towards the goal of defending the World Cup throne in Qatar next year.

France lifts Nations League trophy
France lifts Nations League trophy

Result: Spain 1-2 France

Goal:

Spain: Oyarzabal 64'

France: Benzema 66', Mbappe 80'

Squad:

Spain: Simon, Azpilicueta, Eric Garcia, Laporte, Alonso, Busquets, Rodri, Gavi, Sarabia, Oyarzabal, Ferran Torres.

France: Lloris, Kounde, Varane, Kimpembe, Pavard, T. Hernandez, Pogba, Tchouaméni, Griezmann, Benzema, Mbappe.

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