France, who showed the true essence of the star corps, beat Belgium with a theater goal and advance to the UNL final

French defender Theo Hernandez (left) scores the goal from behind in the final 45 minutes of the 2020-2021 UNL semifinal match against Belgium at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy, on the 8th. Turin = AP Yonhap News

France is the country with the most colorful lineup among the current national football team. Almost all positions, including Paris Saint-Germain’s young star Kylian Mbappe (23), Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema (34), Antoine Griezmann (30 AT Madrid), Paul Pogba (28, Manchester United), etc. It is filled with the world’s top stars. However, this name value is not always displayed. On the contrary, it is a team where stars clash and creak a lot. At Euro 2020 in July, after losing to Switzerland in a penalty shootout in the round of 16, rumors of discord broke out.

This kind of France came to life by directing a theater goal double play against Belgium, another European star corps. On the 8th, they won the European Football Federation Nations League (UNL) semi-final 3-2 at Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy on the 8th.

Even at the end of the first half, France was deeply defeated. The two teams exchanged attacks from the beginning and fought fiercely, but Belgium scored the first goal in the 37th minute of the first half. Kevin De Bruyne (30, Manchester City) opened the ball to the left flank, and Yannick Carrasco (28, Att Madrid) caught it and opened the scoring. Just three minutes later, Belgium scored another goal. This time, the start was The Bruiner. The Bruyne passed a through pass to Romelu Lukaku (28, Manchester United) rushing into the box, and Lukaku broke the net.

France, who struggled with being led 0-2 in the first half, scored three goals in the second half and turned the game around. In the 17th minute of the second half, Benzema’s goal was the start of a counterattack. Seven minutes later, Griezmann took a penalty kick due to an opponent’s foul, and Mbappe, the kicker, made a calm right-footed shot to turn the game around.

In the 42nd minute of the second half, Belgium faced Lukaku’s shot over the goal line, but the goal was not recognized as offside was confirmed.

Three minutes later, France’s theater goal came. Benjamin Pavard (25, Bayern Munich)’s cross from the right flank flowed backwards, but Theo Hernandez (24, AC Milan) rushed to see it and scored the winning goal with a lightning bolt-like left-footed shot. This is Theo Hernandez’s debut goal in match A, who started with his older brother Luca Hernandez (25, Bayern Munich).

With this, France will face off against Spain, who reached the final by beating Italy the day before, for the title of the tournament. The final will be held at the Stadio San Siro in Milan, Italy on the 11th at 3:45 am Korean time.

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