Belgium vs France: Theo Hernandez Fires Comeback Kings France Into Final

Belgium vs France: Theo Hernandez Fires Comeback Kings France Into Final

Theo Hernández launched France into a Nations League final with Spain with a last gasp goal that earned Les Bleus a thrilling 3-2 victory after two goals against Belgium.

Theo Hernández launched France into a Nations League final with Spain on Thursday with a last gasp goal that earned Les Bleus a thrilling 3-2 win after two goals against Belgium. AC Milan winger Hernández scored his first goal for France in the 90th minute of his second international appearance after France rallied 2-0 at halftime at the Allianz Stadium in Turin thanks to goals from Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappé . Didier Deschamps' side will face La Roja in Sunday's final at Milan's San Siro after a thrilling encounter Belgium thought they had won in the final minutes when Romelu Lukaku scored a cross from Yannick Carrasco.

However, with the Red Devils players still celebrating, Lukaku's first shot was ruled offside.

And with the game looking like it was headed for extra time, Hernandez scooped the ball up the left before scoring the winning goal.

He had started the match alongside his brother Lucas Hernández, making the pair the first two brothers to play for France since Herve and Patrick Revelli participated in a friendly against Romania in 1974.

"Winning that match from where we were shows the strength of character of this team," Deschamps told TF1 after the match.

"Nobody thought it was possible at half-time, and I understand it by looking at the scoreboard, but they were here to leave nothing on the field and to play the final."

Mbappé shows class

The game had been fairly even for most of the opening period, although Hugo Lloris had to be in his prime to stop Kevin De Bruyne's close-range shot in the fourth minute.

Three minutes later, Benjamin Pavard should have done better when he encountered a Mbappé cross from the left with a volley that sent Thibaut Courtois straight.

Mbappé, who became the youngest player to win 50 games for France, also shot too close to Courtois midway through the first half.

Belgium's first goal came eight minutes before the break, Carrasco slashing inside Pavard and then fired a low shot between Lloris and his near post.

And three minutes later, Lukaku, who fell in the same stadium last week in a Chelsea shirt, doubled Belgium's lead with his sixth goal in six games for his country.

The 28-year-old did it brilliantly to spin Lucas Hernandez as he took a pass from De Bruyne down the right flank before charging into the box and hitting a high shot that again hit Lloris at his near post.

Left with an arduous task to reach the final, France came out firing after the restart, and Mbappé was the key to tie them.

He first burned Carrasco in the 58th minute before sending a low cross that Antoine Griezmann failed to deliver.

Then four minutes later, he fought his way past Youri Tielemans and passed Benzema, who shone at home despite being surrounded by Belgian defenders.

He then smashed the penalty that marked a thrilling finish after Tielemans' awkward foul on Griezmann was caught after a VAR check.

De Bruyne and Paul Pogba had well-saved shots before the frenzied finale saw Lukaku score what he thought was the decisive goal and Pogba slammed a free kick off the crossbar.

Hernández then achieved a victory in which he highlighted all the qualities that made the French world champions.

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