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Nations League | France pulls off stunning comeback win


Theo Hernandez’s last breath destroys Belgium’s hopes for a major trophy

World champion France recovered from two goals scored to beat Belgium 3-2 in a thrilling UEFA Nations League semi-final on Thursday, when Theo Hernandez scored in the last minute, securing his spot against Spain on Sunday.

At the crazy end of the game, Belgium thought they had won the throbbing match a few minutes earlier, but Romelu Lukaku’s late attempt was ruled out due to VAR’s offside position.

Yannick Carrasco put Belgium ahead in the 37th minute, shooting forward from the left flank, and then surprised Hugo Lloris by shooting past the faulty French goalkeeper at the near post.

Three minutes later, Lukaku doubled the lead with a superbly scored goal, turning sharply, losing his guardian Lucas Hernandez, and then flying past Lloris from an acute angle.

Fantastic trio

The 2-0 score at half-time was somewhat tough for France, which played attractive football: Kylian Mbappé and Karim Benzema played well against Antoine Griezmann in a three-pronged attack.

It was Benzema who brought France back into play in the 62nd minute, twisting and turning brilliantly to find a spot to hit the edge from the edge of the box after Mbappe’s excellent work.

Mbappe, who has not scored in his last six international matches, then tied the score on a penalty spot after German referee Daniel Siebert approached an observer on the pitch before ruling that Jüri Tielemens caught Griezmann’s leg when he challenged him.

VAR denies Lukaku

France was at the top looking for a winner, but three minutes before the end of regular time, Lukaku appeared to have won it for Belgium with a Carrasco pass, but VAR ruled out the goal by offside.

Paul Pogba then took a free-kick in curling to the top of the post before Les blues won in the 90th minute.

Mbappe and Griezmann lined up to the right, Benjamin Pavar overlapped the low canopy, and Toby Alderweireld was able to touch it only lightly, transferring the ball to Theo Hernandez, who placed himself in front of an accurate shot from goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. low drive.

“We were unlucky in the first half. We leaned back a bit, ”said French national team manager Didier Deschamps.

“The result shows the character of the team. We were here to play in the final and here we are, ”added Deschamps.

Result: Belgium 2 (Carrasco 37, Lukaku 40) lost to France 3 (Benzema 62, Mbappe 69-pins, T. Hernandez 90).

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