France with an emphatic comeback win against Belgium advances to the UEFA Nations League finals

France defeats Belgium in an epic battle which came down the wire on a goal by Theo Hernandez at 90th minute to put France ahead by 3-2


Belgium took on France tonight in the second of the UEFA Nations League semi-finals. The two European big teams were in Turin, looking forward to reaching the final of the competition where Spain awaits after knocking out Italy on Wednesday night. Belgium was without attackers Dries Mertens and Jeremy Doku and defender Thomas Vermaelen, while Eden Hazard has yet to play 90 minutes this season for Real Madrid. France was missing N’Golo Kante due to the positive covid-19 test but they still have an in-form Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

Belgium was clearly the better team in the first half. No. 1 ranked team strikes the first goal of the match at 37th minute from Carrasco who was able to find the bottom right of the net to put Belgium 1-0 up.

Lukaku scored another sensational goal for Belgium from almost 0° angle and was still able to pass France keeper Hugo Lloris to score the 2nd goal of the game. Even after France’s full efforts and Mbappe’s constant pressure on Belgium’s defense with his pace, they were not able to make a significant impact to shift the momentum in favor of them.

As second-half kicks in France came back to life, they were now in charge of the game. France switched on attack mode and constantly move towards the goal and put pressure on Belgium’s defense, as at 57th minute Mbappe swiftly dinks in the ball from inside the box to wide-open Griezmann who still misses it. Half time for France worked like charm as they were able to find the net, Benzema who was surrounded by the Belgium defenders received a pass from Mbappe and turned around to score from his left foot.

France was awarded a penalty after a foul by Tielemans on Griezmann, which was a VAR decision and Mbappe took the responsibility to equalize for France. The young Frenchman converted the penalty with his right foot, shooting in the top right corner.

After a goal scored by Lukaku at 87th minute which was then later officiated as off-side, France came right back up, and Theo Hernandez, France’s left-back came up clutch with a nice first touch on the ball, he drills a shot in off the hand of Courtois. This goal was the Ac Milan’s left-back first goal for France which proved to be a match-winning one.