Spain vs France LIVE: Latest Nations League final updates


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The second ever Nations League final takes place this evening as Spain go head-to-head with France at the San Siro in Milan.

Following Portugal’s triumph against the Netherlands in the inaugural final of the competition in 2019, another heavyweight clash will decide this year’s winners, and both the Spanish and French have certainly earned their spots in this showpiece match. On Wednesday night, Spain ended the remarkable unbeaten run of European champions Italy for a 2-1 win to avenge their defeat in this summer’s Euro 2020 semi-finals, while France battled from two goals down to overcome Belgium 3-2 in the last minute on Thursday.

For former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique, this evening’s game represents an opportunity for his new-look Spain side to build upon their fine run at the Euros and claim the country’s first piece of silverware since the 2012 European Championship. France boss Didier Deschamps, meanwhile, will see this clash as a chance for his team to move past their shock exit to Switzerland in the last 16 of this summer’s Euros. The decisive penalty miss in that meeting’s shootout came from Kylian Mbappe, but the Paris Saint-Germain forward scored the equaliser against Belgium from the spot this week.

Follow live updates from the 2021 Nations League final between Spain and France, below.

Spain vs France

Kick-off at 7.45pm BST in MilanSpain XI: Simon, Azpilicueta, Garcia, Laporte, Alonso, Busquets, Rodri, Gavi, Sarabia, F Torres, OyarzabalFrance XI: Lloris, Kounde, Varane, Kimpembe, Pavard, Tchouameni, Pogba, T Hernandez, Griezmann, Mbappe, BenzemaSecond ever Nations League final after Portugal’s triumph in 2019France reached final with stunning comeback win over BelgiumSpain ended Italy’s long unbeaten streak to book spot in showpiece gameShow latest update

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Spain 0-0 France

26 mins: Kimpembe doesn’t look overly comfortable up against Torres. The defender failed to clear a ball in from the right before Torres almost skipped past him, but Kimpembe was able to get a stretched leg to the ball. The corner is cleared at the back post.

Jamie Braidwood10 October 2021 20:13

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Spain 0-0 France

25 mins: France are able to play out of the Spain press and work the ball out to the left to Benzema. He cuts into the box and plays a one-two with Griezmann but his shot is blocked by Azpilicueta.

Jamie Braidwood10 October 2021 20:11

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Spain 0-0 France

22 mins: Spain have had over two thirds of the possession so far but have yet to trouble Lloris in the France goal. The crowd in the San Siro recognise Spain’s dominance of the ball with some ‘oles!’ as the passes rack up.

Jamie Braidwood10 October 2021 20:10

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19 mins: Torres has been heavily involved in Spain’s attacks so far out on the right – but France seem happy to sit in and soak up the pressure. Tchouameni does well to intercept a pass in midfield and draw a foul from Rodri.

Jamie Braidwood10 October 2021 20:06

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Spain 0-0 France

16 mins: Spain have France camped outside their box at the moment. Luis Enrique’s side are showing patience on the ball and Gavi almost creates an opening after slipping a challenge from Kimpembe, but he’s then crowded out.

Mbappe goes down after receiving a knock and the match is paused as he gets back to his feet.

Jamie Braidwood10 October 2021 20:04

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Spain 0-0 France

13 mins: Marcos Alonso was a danger for Spain against Italy but has yet to see much of the ball so far out on the left. Spain have had a good five minutes or so and are growing into the contest.

Jamie Braidwood10 October 2021 20:00

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Spain 0-0 France

11 mins: Torres drifts in from the right and plays a smart reverse pass to Sarabia, who can’t get a good connection on his shot back across goal. It’s comfortably saved by Lloris.

Interesting to see that Torres has lined up at right wing rather than as a 9, which is where he scored his two goals against Italy.

Jamie Braidwood10 October 2021 19:58

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Spain 0-0 France

10 mins: There is plenty of space out there for both sides to exploit. First Torres had a run at Kimpembe before Mbappe tried to take on Garcia. But both dribbles were closed off.

Jamie Braidwood10 October 2021 19:57

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8 mins: Lovely play from France! They work it beautifully across the pitch to Rabiot on the right, but his cross from the right is blocked by a sliding Garcia. An early warning there for Spain, as Benzema, Mbappe, Griezmann and Pogba are combining nicely so far.

Jamie Braidwood10 October 2021 19:54

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Spain 0-0 France

6 mins: First opening for France! Pogba slides a pass through the defence to Benzema – who goes round Simon but is pushed wide and can’t find Mbappe with the pull back. Benzema looked like he might have been half a yard offside, after Eric Garcia had pushed out early.

Jamie Braidwood10 October 2021 19:52



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