Karim Benzema’s goal inspired France’s comeback against Belgium in the second semifinal of the UEFA Nations League on Thursday at the Juventus Stadium after trailing by two goals in the first half.
Yannick Carrasco broke the deadlock to put the Belgians ahead in the 37th minute, followed by a Romelu Lukaku’s goal in the 41st minute, leaving Les Bleus trailing as the halftime whistle went.
Didier Deschamps men returned for the second half with the hope of turning their fortune around. Benzema’s goal in the 62nd minute reignited the French side to fight for a comeback.
A VAR decision against Belgium gave Kylian Mbappé the chance to level the scores from the spot. The 22-year-old who missed France’s penalty at the 2020 Euros beat Thibaut Courtois to equal the scores at 2-2.
The Red Devils came close to going ahead through a volley from Kevin DeBryne but were stopped by the sharp reflexes of Hugo Lloris.
When it looked like the match would be decided by penalties, Theo Hernández 90th minute strike gave the 2018 FIFA World Cup champions the winning goal.
France will face Spain, who defeated Italy on Wednesday, for a chance to lift their first UEFA Nations League trophy in the final on Sunday at the Juventus Stadium.