The French team asserted its status as world champion this Thursday and, with goals from Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappé and Theo Hernández, came back from a 0-2 adverse against Belgium and won 3-2 to reach the final this Sunday in Milan, where Spain awaits you.
Belgium’s monologue seen in the first half, when Yannick Carrasco and Romelu Lukaku gave it a double lead, seemed to be able to knock down the world champion, but the Didier Deschamps team changed everything at the restart and took an epic match, decided on minute 90 by the milanista Theo Hernández.
The French team confirmed their triumph against Belgium, also in the semifinals, in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, when they finished as champions, and prolonged the “curse” of Belgium, which has still failed to take the last step that would crown a generation of undoubted talent.
Roberto Martínez’s men did not lack will. With Eden Hazard and De Bruyne setting the pace, and Lukaku pushing a Raphael Varane in deep trouble to the limit, Belgium showed their quality, their technique, but also their ability to read the moments of the match and wait for the occasion suitable for striking.
The power of Lukaku, who alternated his position, playing as a pivot to activate De Bruyne and Hazard, or also on the wing to accelerate and open spaces in the center, left France without air, whose wall did not collapse before the 37th minute , only for a monumental stop by Hugo Lloris before a shot from De Bruyne inside the area.
It was a shot from Carrasco’s right leg, deflected by Koundé, and a great goal by Lukaku, who freed himself from Lucas Hernández’s marking in the area and struck down Lloris, this time guilty for not defending his post, in rewarding the push from Belgium.
France, too passive in the first half, in which Mbappé, with tremendous accelerations, was the only one to try to rebel, changed its attitude at the restart and the script for the match was the opposite.
Belgium began to fail comfortable passes and France locked him up in their half of the field. After an occasion forgiven by Griezmann, Benzema appeared with an extraordinary play to equalize. He received a pass from Mbappé, turned around and crossed the shot with his left foot to overcome his Madrid teammate Courtois.
The goal increased the French drive and the nervousness of Belgium, until Tielemans knocked down Griezmann in the area causing the penalty that, conceded by the VAR, transformed Mbappé to avenge the failure in the Eurocup shootout against Switzerland. He shot hard and sent the ball to the squad; Courtois sensed the angle, but could not avoid the 2-2.
The draw woke Belgium up again and the match went back and forth, with chances on both sides. De Bruyne ran into Lloris and Pogba ran into Courtois.
It took a few inches to decide an epic date. Those that caused Lukaku’s offside in the possible Belgian 3-2, when the forward finished off a great center from Carrasco and those that prevented Pogba from sealing a wonderful direct free kick from 25 meters, with the ball that crashed into a squad.
But finally, in 1990, when the two teams saw him approaching for extra time, Theo Hernández, a former Real Madrid side, now at Milan, appeared to overcome Courtois with a powerful left-foot that sent the Gauls to San Siro to play the game. title against Spain.