TURIN: France will face Spain in the final of the UEFA Nations League in Milan on Sunday after the World Cup-winners recovered from two goals down to overcome Belgum 3-2 in the second semi-final in Turin.
Les Bleus looked lost at halftime after conceding two goals in the space of four minutes but turning the night around with a thrilling second-half fightback.
Milan full-back Theo Hernandez was the match-winner, collecting the ball on the edge of the box and firing home a finish into the far corner to spark joyous scenes at the Allianz Stadium in Turin.
Belgium took a 37th-minute lead when Yannick Carrasco cut in from the left and shot beyond goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Four minutes later, Roberto Martinez’s side doubled their advantage as Romelu Lukaku converted Kevin de Bruyne’s through ball.
Karim Benzema pulled a goal back on the hour mark, turning and sliding a finish into the bottom corner from Kylian Mbappe’s lay-off.
France drew level through an Mbappe penalty after Youri Tielemans tripped Antoine Griezmann.
Lukaku thought he had won it with three minutes remaining after slotting in from Carrasco’s low cross, but the strike was ruled out by VAR for offside.
Paul Pogba then struck the Belgian bar with a 30-metre free-kick before Hernandez struck late on.
France’s victory eased pressure on coach Didier Deschamps, who had won only one of his previous six games