Belgium-France, the news and highlights of the second Nations League semi-final played at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Thursday 7 October
There is also Theo Hernandez among the owners of the France deployed by Deschamps against the tried and tested formation of the Belgium looking for the first final in history in an international tournament.
The first chance is for Martinez’s men. At 4 ‘, Lloris is providential on the conclusion of De Bruyne. It is played at great pace with Mbappé impregnable in speed but without great opportunities created by France from the parts of Courtois. From 20 ′, Belgium definitively takes control of the match with a prolonged ball possession that forces France on the defensive. At 31 ‘, Kounde makes a great recovery intervention on Hazard primed in the area by Lukaku. It is the prelude to Belgium’s goal that arrives at 36 ‘with a conclusion from inside the penalty area of Ferreira Carrasco slightly deviated from Kounde himself.
France feels the pinch. Think about it Lukaku to bury it. On the pass of De Bruyne, feint on Lucas Hernandez, entry into the area and shot from a tight angle that surprises an uncertain Lloris on his post. 2-0 for Belgium and France knocked out at half-time.
Belgium-France, the second half
At the beginning of the second half, Belgium did not enter the field and France took advantage of it. The reigning world champions rage in the opposing half of the field and create the conditions for the comeback that comes with the goals of Benzema e Mbappe. At 61 ′, the Real striker’s twist in the area is spectacular, punching his teammate in the Blancos, Courtois, with a cross shot. The 2-2 goal, on the other hand, comes from a penalty awarded due to a clear foul by Tielemans on Griezmann. Mbappé’s transformation was perfect as he bags at the crossroads.
The game becomes vibranre. Belgium reappeared in Lloris with a blow from the edge of De Bruyne, deflected for a corner by the transalpine goalkeeper. At 76 ‘, it’s up to his colleague Courtois to intervene with a rejected on Pogba’s jab from 16 meters. The ending is all to be experienced. At 86 ‘, Belgium scores with Lukaku but the goal was canceled for offside by Carrasco, author of the assist. At 89 ‘, the apotheosis for France. Broadcast by Theo Hernandez from the edge. Courtois is beaten. Remount completed.
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It ends 3-2 for the transalpines who will play the trophy with Spain in the final at San Siro on Sunday. Tremendous disappointment for Belgium. For the golden generation of the Red Devils, the dream of an international victory still fades.