Theo Hernandez scored an amazing 90th-minute champ as France hit back from 2-0 down to shock Belgium and arrive at the Nations League last.

Didier Deschamps’ side watched out of dispute at the break after surrendering two objectives over about four minutes, yet an exhilarating second-half fightback set up a gathering with Spain.

AC Milan full-back Hernandez was the match-champ, gathering the ball on the edge of the case and terminating home a completion into the furthest corner to start blissful scenes at the Allianz Stadium in Turin.

It began well for Belgium, who required a 37th moment lead when Yannick Carrasco cut in from the left and bored in completion at the close to post, wrongfooting goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Only four minutes after the fact, Roberto Martinez’s side multiplied their benefit as Romelu Lukaku hooked on to Kevin de Bruyne’s through ball and discharged a rankling shot into the top of the net.

Yet, Karim Benzema pulled an objective back on the hour imprint, transforming and sliding a completion into the base corner from Kylian Mbappe’s lay-off.

Furthermore, they drew level through Mbappe’s certainly gone on punishment after Youri Tielemans’ outing on Antoine Griezmann inside the space.

Lukaku thought he had won it with three minutes staying after opening in from Carrasco’s low cross, yet the strike was precluded by VAR for offside.

There was still an ideal opportunity for Paul Pogba to shook the crossbar with a magnificent twisting free-kick from 30 yards out before Hernandez struck late on.

The last happens at the San Siro on Sunday (19:45 BST start), while the third-place play-off among Belgium and European heroes Italy is in Turin around the same time (14:00).

Magnificent Mbappe at the focus of well-known rebound

France facilitated the tension on supervisor Deschamps, who had won only one of his past six games in control, with an amazing second-half appearance to turn the game around.

Belgium ought to truly have started to lead the pack in the third moment yet Lloris made a dazzling reflex save to keep out De Bruyne’s savage exertion from 10 yards out.

The Manchester City midfielder whipped a volley over from the edge of the case following great hold-up play by Lukaku, who ought to have added to his 68 global objectives in the subsequent half however struck a volley directly at the Tottenham goalkeeper.

Mbappe was causing ruin with his speed and guile and he side-footed a volley from 18 yards out, saved easily by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

With France pursuing the game and Belgium glad to sit back, the French pushed on and made various possibilities with Manchester United midfielder Pogba heading over from six yards out and having a scratching drive drove away by Courtois in the subsequent half.

Benzema, who has scored 10 objectives in 10 games for Real Madrid this season, showed he is a man in structure by stroking in for 2-1 and Mbappe made it 2-2 from the punishment spot, having missed at Euro 2020 to send his side out.

Griezmann by one way or another scraped wide from four yards out, Mbappe twisted wide from the edge of the container, and with the game going to extra-time, Hernandez sprung up with his first objective for France to seal a renowned triumph.

‘Brilliant age’ using up all available time

Belgium has been positioned as the world’s number one side for over three years, however, is the main group to top the Fifa rankings without asserting a significant prize.

Under Martinez, the group’s best completion has been the third spot at the 2018 World Cup and the quest for that tricky prize goes on.

The nation’s alleged ‘brilliant age’ is using up all available time to be recognized as flatware victors, with De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Toby Alderweireld, and Jan Vertonghen all matured 30 or over.

Their second-half breakdown against the title holders will be of specific concern, given they were in absolute control at the break kindness of clinical completions from Carrasco and Lukaku.

They scarcely undermined after the span and shriveled under tension from resurgent France.


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