UEFA Nations League Finals: Spain vs France

The stage is set in Italy for two big heavyweights of European Football, France and Spain fighting for the 2nd UEFA Nations League in Milan, Italy on Sunday.

Earlier, for those who missed regretting semis of the tournament, Spain ended Italy’s run of 37-unbeaten run at the San Siro by its scintillating display of football from their young squad. The night belonged to an FC Barcelona debutant, Gavi becoming the youngest player ever to appear in a senior Spain international after being picked by manager Luis Enrique. Spain won the semi-final clash 1-2 courtesy of Ferran Torren’s brace.

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France won a close contest encounter against Belgium who was so close to making it their first-ever competitive final. Theo Hernandez stuck a late match-winning goal to stun the No-1 ranked team in Turin.

Team News

Ferran Torres went off injured towards the first half of the match & had to be taken off for precautionary measures. Meanwhile, France does not have any new injuries coming into the final clash. However, Lucas Digne has been withdrawn from the squad with a muscle problem.

Predicted lineups

Spain predicted XI: Unai Simon; Azpilicueta, P. Torres, Laporte, Alonso; Busquets, Koke, Gavi; Pino, Oyarzabal, F. Torres.

France predicted XI: Lloris; Kounde, Varane, L. Hernandez; T. Hernandez, Pogba, Tchouaméni, Pavard; Griezmann; Mbappe, Benzema.

Head-to-Head

Spain wins: 16

France wins: 12

Draws: 7

Players to Look for

Spain

Gavi and Ferran Torres are the two players to look forward to after their promising display against Italy garnering praise from fans and journalists. The tiki-taka version 2.0  and fast-build up football which are bold tactics from Luis Enrique will be some space to watch out for.

France

Fans will be looking forward to seeing their creative passes and through balls from Pogba and Greizmann & trademark forward runs of Mbappe. But one player to look forward to from this match and make an impact is Karim Benzema as he showed why he is one best forwards in the world at the moment during his last match where he started the revival of France’s comeback by scoring the first goal by sliding the balling past four defenders and that from a tight angle to score that magic goal.

Conclusion

Do look forward to this match which is going to be an absolute cracking affair to lift the UEFA Nations League trophy. France is the overwhelming favourite going ahead in the encounter but does not take Spain for granted showcasing its next Tiki-Taka version from Gavi, Pino, Busquets & others.

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