Led 2-0 at half-time and in great difficulty in the first period, the France team turned the tide to crush Belgium (3-2) in the League of Nations. The Blues will play the final on Sunday against Spain.
Decidedly, France-Belgium, we want every year like that! Three years after the victory in the semi-finals of the World Cup, at the end of a masterpiece of defensive play (1-0), the Blues again hurt the Red Devils this Thursday evening, in another semi-final in the Champions League, at the end of a game with a diametrically opposed scenario, completely crazy (3-2).
UNBELIEVABLE ! 🤯
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In line with their mixed year 2021, to put it mildly, Didier Deschamps’ men had yet started the meeting on the wrong foot. The 3-5-2 tricolor, promising in the last match against Finland (2-0), found someone to talk to with Belgians who have a better understanding of this system. Dominators in the midfield, the Red Devils, after warning Hugo Lloris for the first time by Kevin De Bruyne (4th), struck twice just before the break, with a placed shot from Yannick Ferreira Carrasco (0-1, 37th ) and a missile from Romelu Lukaku (0-2, 41st). It then floated like a perfume of revenge on Turin, three years after Saint Petersburg.
Mbappé had scores to settle!
Obviously, it was out of the question for the Blues to give in to their neighbor, who has recently become a better enemy. As against Switzerland at the Euro two months ago, for a match that undoubtedly served as a lesson for the Tricolores, it is Karim Benzema which sounded the revolt by reducing the gap with a nice goal, after a good job of a Kylian Mbappé very leggy (1-2, 62nd). The Bondynois obviously had scores to settle on the ground and it was he, in the process, who took up his responsibilities by taking the penalty obtained by Griezmann. Marked by his failure in this exercise at the Euro, Mbappé this time placed a superb strike (2-2, 69th).
From then on, the Blues were transfigured, even engaging in a pressing that we had rarely seen in a team led by Didier Deschamps. The Belgians suffered, before believing in the hold-up on a high-class goal from Lukaku, refused for a slight offside (87th). It was the penultimate stage of an incredible scenario, cruel for the Belgians, and intoxicating for the Blues, who snatched the victory with a goal of Théo Hernandez (3-2, 90th). It was not a Euro, nor a World Cup, but we will remember that evening in Turin. And there will be a final to play on Sunday against Spain.