Spain played a final against France in which he deserved much more. In fact, it’s hard to deserve anything in the soccer, but in this case it was like that. Because those of Luis Enrique they had the ball, they made it their own for much of the game and went ahead on the scoreboard. In addition, France needed the referee’s help to proclaim itself champion of the UEFA Nations League.
The first half was clearly dominated by the Spaniards, who took the ball and turned the San Siro grass into a giant round. The problem is that, as happens in the rounds, it seemed that Lloris’ goal did not exist either. Ferran Torres tried in every way from the right wing, leaving the center for Sarabia, something lost.
In defense Èric Garcia gave a ‘master class’ on how to stop Mbappe, who could not leave the Barça footballer even once. With anticipation and intensity, the forward of the PSG did nothing. In fact, France did not disturb Unai Simón’s goal very little, but, yes, Spain lacked, in addition to having the ball, more bad blood in attack.
Oyarzabal stole the wallet from Upamecano in the second half to open the scoring, but Benzema leveled after a minute and Mbappé, clearly offside, took advantage of the referee’s gift to turn the score around. Spain tried desperately with no luck.
6- Unai Simón, goalkeeper
Not raffling a single ball under the pressure of the French offensive trident would weaken anyone’s legs. Unai was little noticed, but had a couple of dangerous inaccuracies. In the goals he did what he could.
7- Azpilicueta, defense
The right wing was the loudest on the Spanish side. Together with Ferran Torres they became masters and lords of the area. Without stress for France, but much less for the Red. Before Benzema’s goal he could only applaud.
7- Èric Garcia, defender
All eyes were on him since Luis Enrique announced the lineup. It was not easy to play the way he played because he dried Mbappe with anticipation, speed and aggressiveness. And, as always, reliable in the pass. Kylian beat him back on the key play of the match, but in an illegal position. The referee unfairly interpreted that his attempt to reject was the start of a new play. Too much punishment.
7- Aymeric Laporte, defense
Neither Benzema, nor Mbappé, far from it Griezmann. Nobody passed through his area. Everyone collided with a wall of flesh and blood that played like the great centrals do. Until France put one more march.
7- Marcos Alonso, defense
More timid in attack than against Italy, he understood that he had to prioritize defensive tasks. That was the case for most of the game, until France took the lead and leaned up without looking back.
8- Sergio Busquets, midfielder
Specifically, yellow, which was the color of the cardboard that, two of his actions, Pogba and Koundé saw. Soluciones Busquets SL did not have the champion’s award, but it deserved it.
6- Rodri, midfielder
His work was less showy than that of other colleagues because he had to put on his overalls to solidify the center of the field. Until his gasoline ran out and he was replaced.
7- Gavi, midfielder
He does not care to have world stars in front of him than youth. Always play the same. Scratch like a defensive midfielder and propose as an offensive one would. The only thing missing is years.
6- Ferran Torres, forward
He was the best in the first half, the one who offered the most for the right wing, always ready to hurt the French defense. In the second his performance dropped somewhat.
7- Oyarzabal, midfielder
He stood as a center forward and only needed half to score. It was before Upamecano, who must be reporting Oyarzabal’s robbery at the police station. Then he had another to tie, but Lloris pulled out a saving foot.
5- Pablo Sarabia, midfielder
He contributed very little, insufficient for a final against France. He ended up replaced because it was very difficult for him to be deep and contribute things in attack. He did collaborate in defensive tasks.
7- Yeremy Pino, extreme
It delivered the energy blast the team needed at just the right time. It did not quite illuminate San Siro, but it was very close. Whenever he had the ball, things happened.
6- Koke, midfielder
For Gavi, whose wear had been enormous. He helped give the last push in search of extra time. He narrowly missed it.
6- Pablo Fornals, forward
He gave a ball to Oyarzabal that is almost the tie. He also tested it twice. He gave a lot for the little he played.
6- Mikel Merino, midfielder
He came out and practically stood on the attack line in search of a draw that never came.