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Belgium vs. France: Romelu Lukaku thought he’d received it however VAR had different concepts as Theo Hernandez strike decides thriller

Targets from Yannick Carrasco and Romelu Lukaku appeared to have put the hosts in complete management after the primary half however the present world champions fought again, with Kylian Mbappe on the coronary heart of it.

The French celebrity offered the help for Karim Benzema’s objective which halved the deficit, earlier than dispatching a beautiful penalty to equalize after 69 minutes.

Mbappe had not scored in his final six internationals and had missed the decisive spotkick towards Switzerland, which noticed France knocked out of Euro 2020 earlier this yr.

With the scores tied, France began pushing for a winner but it surely was Belgium’s Lukaku who thought he’d received it with three minutes remaining.

The Chelsea striker steered Carrasco’s cross previous Hugo Lloris however his celebrations have been minimize brief by VAR, which discovered Lukaku to be offside.

After the late reprieve, France pushed once more and there was nonetheless time for Paul Pogba to smash the crossbar with a beautiful freekick earlier than Theo Hernandez struck the decisive blow.

The complete-back ran onto a low cross and arrowed a low drive previous Thibaut Courtois within the ninetieth minute to seal the win.

Theo Hernandez scores the winner against Belgium in Turin, Italy.

‘This era desires to convey silverware’

The Nations League was set as much as make worldwide matches extra thrilling and the French celebrations on the closing whistle suggests it is working.

France will now face the spectacular wanting Spain within the closing of the competitors.

“We have been unfortunate within the first half. We sat again slightly an excessive amount of,” stated France coach Didier Deschamps after the sport.

“They’d a great interval for 20 minutes however after that we weren’t in peril and had loads of probabilities.

“The outcome exhibits the character of the workforce. We have been right here to play the ultimate and right here we’re.”

The outcome marked but extra disappointment for Belgium’s supposed ‘Golden Era,’ which as soon as once more missed out on an opportunity of profitable a trophy.

Regardless of being rated because the world’s finest workforce by FIFA, Roberto Martinez’s facet has struggled below the burden of expectation and is operating out of time with this present crop of gamers.

“It’s the duty we really feel to our followers and the best way this era desires to convey silverware in such a determined method,” Martinez stated after the match.

“Within the second half, we have been slightly too emotional — perhaps we have been considering slightly an excessive amount of concerning the closing, about qualifying. We did not do what we needed to do. We let France come again”.

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