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Belgium - France
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Full-time: France are through to the UEFA Nations League final on Sunday when they will meet Spain after this outstanding comeback! Two-nil down at half-time, Les Bleus turned on the style to put Belgium to the sword. It's another huge blow for the Red Devils - another missed opportunity in a major competition.
- OffKarim BenzemaFrance
- OnJordan VeretoutFrance
Benzema makes way for Jordan Veretout.
- OffTimothy CastagneBelgium
- OnMichy BatshuayiBelgium
Michy Batshuayi is on for Castagne.
- OffBenjamin PavardFrance
- OnLéo DuboisFrance
Leo Dubois comes on for Pavard.
What a finish here in Turin! Belgium have three minutes to find an equaliser!
- GoalTheo HernandezFrance
GOAL! Belgium 2-3 France (Theo Hernandez): Theo Hernandez has completed the France comeback with his first goal for his country! And it's a fine clean strike from just inside the box that wins it for Les Bleus!
Off the crossbar! Pogba is a whisker away from winning the game for France with a quite brilliant free-kick, but it crashes against the woodwork!
Goal ruled out! Lukaku, who has barely had a touch in the second-half, slots it home from Carrasco's cross... have Belgium won it?! No! It's been chalked off for offside!
Just wide from Mbappe! After combining with Benzema, he curls a shot just wide of goal!
Five minutes remaining. This game could go either way, it really could. The next goal will win it.
Alderweireld lets his feelings known to his goalkeeper after Courtois played a short pass to the defender - he clearly didn't want it! Belgium's anxiety is evident as we enter the final knockings.
It's France's turn to have a go - Griezmann lifts a shot over from distance.
Lukaku rifles over but it wouldn't have counted - he was in an offside position. With 11 minutes to play, the game remains in the balance!
- OffAdrien RabiotFrance
- OnAurélien TchouaméniFrance
Belgium are hanging on by a thread! Pavard pulls it back for Griezmann whose goal-bound shot is denied by a block before Pogba's effort is kept out by Courtois! France are on fire at the moment!
A moment ago, Rabiot was replaced by Aurélien Tchouaméni.
Have a look at Benzema's goal...
Close! Lloris, who has had nothing to do in the second half, gets just a fingertip to keep out De Bruyne's deadly strike from the edge of the box!
- OffYouri TielemansBelgium
- OnHans VanakenBelgium
Hans Vanaken comes on for Tielemans as Martinez looks to turn the tide of this one-sided second half.
With just three goals in his last 14 appearances, Mbappe had been facing criticism for his performances in the France shirt. What a way to answer the doubters!
- Goal by penaltyKylian MbappéFrance
GOAL! Belgium 2-2 France (Kylian Mbappe, pen): No mistake from Mbappe as he lifts an emphatic penalty into the top corner! The perfect spot-kick!
Penalty to France! The referee didn't need too long to make up his mind!
The referee is going to have a look for himself on the monitor - surely the penalty is going to be awarded.
VAR checks for a penalty! Tielemans clips the heels of Griezmann and this is going to be checked! Vertonghen is booked for protesting.
Pogba's lofted ball has Benzema chasing but Courtois is off his line quickly to gather.
That was Benzema's 32nd goal for France - but he may not be quite finished tonight.
The momentum is firmly with France now. Griezmann takes a tumble inside the penalty area but the referee is well positioned to deem that is not a foul.
- GoalKarim BenzemaFrance
GOAL! Belgium 2-1 France (Karim Benzema): Les Bleus' have their reward for a strong spell! Mbappe skips past a couple of challenges with his quick feet before rolling it into the path of Benzema. He swivels to create the space for a shot and rifles it into the bottom corner. Game on!
France are playing with much more intensity since the restart - they're just lacking that killer finish.
How has Griezmann missed?! Mbappe, with a moment of genius, opens up the Belgium defence following a lovely bit of footwork down the right. He rolls it across the six-yard box but Griezmann can't apply the finish!
Hazard zips the ball out to Carrasco on the left flank. But Kounde stands up firm and makes an inch-perfect challenge to ensure Belgium's latest attack comes to nothing. The Sevilla defender has been excellent tonight despite his side's woes.
Pogba lifts the ball over the top. Griezmann chests it down for Benzema - but he's in an offside position.
Save! More passive defending from France goes unpunished as Lukaku miscues his first-time volley from Castagne's cross - Lloris barely has to move to make the save.
Griezmann whips in his free-kick, Pogba climbs highest but fails to direct his header on target.
France continue to play on the front foot as they win a free-kick on the left following Alderweireld's foul on Benzema.
Belgium give the ball away cheaply as they try - and fail - to play out from the back once more. No harm done, however, as a wild swipe from Pogba sees the ball fly into the stands.
- 2nd Half
Kick-off! There are no changes at the break as the second half gets underway!
- End of 1st Half
Half-time: Two quickfire goals have Belgium in control in Turin!
Side-netting! Mbappe is released down the right but gets his angles wrong as he shoots into the side-netting.
Hazard, after playing a one-two with Lukaku, lets fly from distance but it's comfortable for Lloris who smothers.
France look shellshocked as they concede a corner and fall asleep as Belgium play it short to Hazard. Deschamps' men need that half-time whistle.
Lukaku now has 68 international goals! And with his latest, Belgium are on course to make the Nations League final against Spain on Sunday.
- GoalRomelu LukakuBelgium
GOAL! Belgium 2-0 France (Romelu Lukaku): Two Belgian goals in four minutes! De Bruyne plays the pass, Lukaku allows it to run across his body and makes no mistake, thumping it past Lloris! How clinical is that!
The defending was poor, but take nothing away from Carrasco, that was a classy goal! It's his seventh goal for his country.
- GoalYannick CarrascoBelgium
GOAL! Belgium 1-0 France (Yannick Carrasco): Belgium find a way through! Carrasco, after receiving the pass from De Bruyne, carves inside off the left channel. He accepts the invitation to have an effort and beats Lloris at his near post with the low shot from an acute angle!
There has been a lot of nice, sweeping football in the midfield areas from both sides, but unfortunately - for the neutral - the defenders are on top at the moment.
A long spell of possession for the Belgians but Pogba is back to pick the pocket of Lukaku. However, France quickly squander the ball again as Belgium push once more.
Crucial challenge! Hazard bursts into the penalty area but Kounde is tracking his run all the way and makes a vital interception to block his shot. The Belgian was through!
Both sides are sloppy in possession for a moment, but France are now on the counter-attack... Benzema rolls it down the left for Mbappe and he wins the corner off Denayer. The set-piece comes to nothing.
Belgium try to play it out from the back but lose it to France's high-press. Les Bleus fail to make it count, and Deschamps looks frustrated.
An open, engaging contest has given way to a more settled, cagey affair.
Excellent build-up play from France as Benzema's diagonal is headed down by Pavard. Mbappe tries a first-time shot but fails to test Courtois.
De Bruyne to Hazard, he drives through the middle before finding Lukaku. He looks to turn but sees his shot blocked by Kounde.
Pogba leaves De Bruyne in his wake with a lovely piece of skill - he will have enjoyed that!
Mbappe is searching for the run of Griezmann in behind with a clever flick-on but gets too much pace on it as it runs through to the goalkeeper.
Castagne is outmuscled by Theo Hernandez as he looks to latch onto Lukaku's pass down the right. He quickly gets to his feet and then commits a foul on the France defender in an attempt to recover the ball.
At the other end, De Bruyne miscues his volley as France are let off the hook.
Vertonghen watches Pogba's ball over the top all the way and makes an interception to prevent Benzema a one-on-one opportunity. The Manchester United midfielder tries an identical pass moments later but this time Benzema is flagged offside.
Tielemans is invited to have a shot from range but he doesn't get the accuracy as it blazes over the bar.
Important block! De Bruyne rolls the ball into the feet of Lukaku, who holds the ball up on the edge of the box and gives it back to the Manchester City playmaker. Lucas Hernandez is in the right place to charge down his shot, however.
Pavard is still incredibly high up the pitch and is caught in an offside position as France try to build another attack.
Shot! Pavard - the furthest forward for France - makes a run in front of Carrasco to meet Mbappe's deep cross but his effort - with the outside of his boot - is straight at Courtois!
Chance! A sign of France's attacking threat as Mbappe plays a give-and-go with Griezmann, races past the onrushing Courtois, but runs out of pitch and can't deliver a cross or a shot.
What a save! Lloris to France's rescue! Lukaku drives down the right and fires a low cross into the penalty area. The defence makes a mess of a clearance. It drops to De Bruyne, whose venomous shot is somehow kept out by the strong hand of Lloris!
France have just one win in five, and their formidable front three of Mbappe, Griezmann and Benzema simply have yet to click; is tonight their time to shine?
- 1st Half
Kick-off! The players take the knee before Belgium get us underway in Turin!
Ladies and gentlemen, the national anthems...
Plenty of handshakes and hugs in the tunnel before the players emerge onto the pitch. Pleasantries are over - it's almost time for action!
Antoine Griezmann, fresh from scoring twice in the recent victory over Finland, makes his 99th appearance for his country tonight.
Belgium have scored in each of their last 38 outings. The last time they drew a blank was way back in July 2018 - in the aforementioned defeat to Les Blues.
Last night's semi-final between Italy and Spain was a thriller; let's hope for more of the same tonight!
EXCLUSIVE: Belgium manager Roberto Martinez opens up about falling short at the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, the continued development of the Red Devils' Golden Generation and the exceptional Romelu Lukaku's evolution.
Deschamps on Belgium: "There is this rivalry and it's maybe a bit heightened after the semi-final in Russia. We don't fear them but they have a solid shape and plenty of creative ability. Their attacking play is very effective and they are very efficient."
You may remember the semi-final of the World Cup 2018 when France edged past Belgium thanks to Samuel Umtiti's 51st-minute goal.
It's lovely to see a clear picture of who will play where!
France just happen to have an excellent front-three themselves in Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann as Didier Deschamps sticks with a 3-4-3 formation. With N'Golo Kante unavailable, Adrien Rabiot features alongside Paul Pogba. Operating as a left-wingback, Theo Hernandez keeps his place after an excellent debut against Finland. Benjamin Pavard is on the opposite flank.
Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku make up a potentially deadly trio in Belgium's attack, while Youri Tielemans and Alex Witsel feature in a familiar midfield. Jason Denayer is chosen ahead of Dedryck Boyata in defence.
TEAM NEWS - Belgium XI: Courtois, Alderweireld, Denayer, Vertonghen, Castagne, Witsel, Tielemans, Carrasco, De Bruyne, Hazard, Lukaku.. subs: Mignolet, Casteels, Boyata, Lukebakio, Foket, Theate, Vanaken, De Ketelaere, Dendoncker, Trossard, Saelemaekers, Batshuayi /// France XI: Lloris, L Hernandez, Varane, Kounde, T Hernandez, Pavard, Rabiot, Pogba, Griezmann, Mbappe, Benzema.. subs: Costil, Maignan, Kimpembe, Tchouameni, Martial, Diaby, Dubois, Guendouzi, Upamecano, Veretout, Digne, Ben Yedder.
Hello and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE text commentary of the UEFA Nations League semi-final between Belgium and France. After a bitterly disappointing round-of-16 elimination to Switzerland at the Euros, Les Bleus will be desperate to make Sunday's final against Spain. Belgium are formidable opponents, however, and Roberto Martinez's 'Golden Generation' are under huge pressure to finally deliver a major trophy. It's all set up for an intriguing clash in Turin! Let's grab the team news ahead of this 19:45 kick-off.