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Spain vs France: Nations League final – LIVE!


Kylian Mbappe scored the winner as France came from behind to beat Spain 2-1 and win the Nations League.

Mikel Oyarzabal followed up his pair of semi-final assists against Italy with Spain’s opening goal but Karim Benzema quickly hit back before Mbappe’s winner.

It was a second successive comeback win for Didier Deschamps’ side after their thrilling 3-2 semi-final success against Belgium.

An error from Kounde allowed Sarabia to race clear down the flank, but his cross eluded Oyarzabal and Ferran Torres. A half-chance to Mbappe was then snuffed out by Alonso before the game burst into life in a dramatic three minutes.

Theo Hernandez, who scored France’s late winner against Belgium on Thursday, was the width of the crossbar away from repeating the feat, but instead Spain broke up the other end and Oyarzabal latched on to Sergio Busquets’ long pass, took on Upamecano and scored in the 64th minute.

However, France were level two minutes later as Pogba and Mbappe combined to create the chance and Benzema curled home brilliantly from a narrow angle.

Mbappe shot off target and had another effort blocked by Aymeric Laporte, while Unai Simon saved from Pogba as Didier Deschamps’ side took the upper hand.

And they got their full reward when Mbappe delayed his run to race on to Hernandez’s through-ball and finish clinically beneath Simon, with the goal upheld by VAR after a check for offside.

With kick-off at 7.45pm BST, follow all the action at the San Siro with our dedicated live blog!

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Welcome!

Good evening and welcome to the Evening Standard’s live coverage of Spain vs France in the Nations League final.

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Kick-off time and venue

Spain vs France is scheduled for a 7:45pm BST kick-off tonight – Sunday, October 10, 2021.

The match will take place at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy.

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How to watch

TV channel: Sunday’s final will be televised live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Football, with coverage beginning at 7:30pm.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the match online via the Sky Go app.

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Early team news

Ferran Torres went off injured after his first-half brace against 10-man Italy, but expects to be fit for Sunday’s final.

However, Spain boss Luis Enrique sounded a more cautious note, saying: “I’m not sure how Ferran will be.

“He had a knock in the first half and another in the second half so we decided to take no risks.”

France did not appear to sustain any new injuries in that epic clash with Belgium, with Kylian Mbappe back fit after missing last month’s 2-0 win over Finland.

Match-winner Theo Hernandez and brother Lucas also became the first siblings to line up for Les Bleus since Patrick and Herve Revelli back in 1974.

However, Everton full-back Lucas Digne has since withdrawn from the squad with a muscle problem.

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Starting XIs

Here is how the two teams lineup for the final…

Spain XI: Simon, Azpilicueta, Garcia, Laporte, Alonso, Busquets, Rodri, Gavi, Sarabia, F Torres, Oyarzabal

France XI: Lloris (c); Kounde, Varane, Kimpembe; Pavard, Tchouameni, Pogba, T. Hernandez; Greizmann; Mbappe, Benzema

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Head-to-head record

Today’s final marks the first meeting between these two teams for four years, with Spain beating France 2-0 in a friendly back in March 2017 courtesy of goals from David Silva and Gerard Deulofeu.

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Betting odds

Spain to lift the trophy: Evens

France to lift the trophy: 31/20

Odds via Betfair (subject to change).

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Getting ready

Will these two hit it off up top once more tonight?

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Antoine Griezmann joins a special club this evening as the forward makes his 100th appearance for France.

AFP via Getty Images
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KICK OFF

We’re underway in Milan!

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