Kylian Mbappe fired a contentious winner as France came from behind to beat Spain and become the second team to win the Nations League.
Mbappe was adjudged to be onside when he slid the ball under Unai Simon after Karim Benzema’s stunning equaliser at Milan’s San Siro.
Spain had taken the lead through Mikel Oyarzabal, who shrugged off defender Dayot Upamecano to beat Hugo Lloris.
He first denied Oyarzabal before acrobatically keeping out Yeremi Pino’s effort in stoppage time, as France became the competition’s second winner after Portugal in 2019.
But Mbappe’s winner will prove to be a moment of debate, with the goal standing even though the Paris St-Germain striker was in an offside position when Theo Hernandez played the initial through ball.
Spain defender Eric Garcia touched the ball in his attempt to clear the danger before it came to Mbappe, and the rules state “a player in an offside position receiving the ball from an opponent who deliberately plays the ball… is not considered to have gained an advantage”.
France, who reached the final by coming from 2-0 down to beat neighbours Belgium 3-2 on Thursday, had to fight back again and did so in a game that came alive after an hour of technical but sedate action.
Didier Deschamps’ side’s resilience was on full display again as Benzema cut in on his right foot to curl the ball over Simon, less than two minutes after Oyarzabal’s opener for Spain.
And even though France had less possession (36%), they constantly looked a threat on the counter-attack as Mbappe struck the decisive – and perhaps fortunate – blow.
Steve Bruce sacked as head coach of Newcastle United
His assistant Graeme Jones will lead the team on an interim basis with the support of the coaching team after Bruce left by “mutual consent,” the club said.
Steve Bruce has been sacked as head coach of Newcastle United.
Bruce, who leaves the club after more than two years in charge, is departing by “mutual consent”, the premier league club says.
The move comes 13 days after a Saudi-backed consortium completed its takeover at St James’ Park and three days after Bruce’s 1,000 game as a manager ended in a 3-2 home defeat to Tottenham during which disgruntled fans renewed calls for him to go.
A club statement said: “Newcastle United can confirm that Steve Bruce has left his position as head coach by mutual consent.
“He leaves the Magpies after more than two years in charge, having steered the club to 13th and 12th-place finishes in the Premier League and reaching the quarter-final stage in both the Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup during his tenure.Advertisement
“Newcastle United would like to place on record its gratitude to Steve for his contribution and wishes him well for the future.”
Bruce, who pointedly did not thank the supporters, said: “I am grateful to everyone connected with Newcastle United for the opportunity to manage this unique football club.
“I would like to thank my coaching team, the players and the support staff in particular for all their hard work. There have been highs and lows, but they have given everything even in difficult moments and should be proud of their efforts.
“This is a club with incredible support and I hope the new owners can take it forward to where we all want it to be. I wish everyone the very best of luck for the rest of this season and beyond.”
Bruce’s assistant Graeme Jones will take charge of the team for Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace, with the Magpies still awaiting their first Premier League win of the season and sitting just one place off the foot of the table.
The statement continued: “Graeme Jones will lead the team on an interim basis, starting with Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace, and will be supported by the coaching team of Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence, Ben Dawson and Simon Smith.
“The process of recruiting a new head coach is under way and an appointment will be announced in due course. The club will not be making further comment at this time.”
During his tenure, Bruce steered the club to 13th and 12th-place finishes in the Premier League.
The team also reached the quarter-final stage in both the Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup while he was head coach.
Milovan Rajevac meets Edmund Addo after Champions League clash with Inter Milan
Black Stars coach Milovan Rajevac was in Milan to watch Edmund Addo feature for Sherrif Tiraspol against Inter Milan at the San Siro in the UEFA Champions League.
Sheriff suffered their first defeat of the competition losing 3-1 to the Serie A champions on Tuesday night.
Edmund Addo who shot to fame following his team’s impressive performance against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabau met the Black Stars coach after the game.
Milovan Rajevac was also at the stadium to watch the Ghanaian midfielder in action for the Moldovan club.
Edmund Addo played 74 minutes in the game for Sheriff Tiraspol before he was substituted.
The 21-year-old could be handed his maiden Black Stars call up for next month’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia and South Africa.
Dogboe to make ring return against Diaz on November 20
Ghanaian boxer Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe (22-2, 15KOs) will face Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz (26-3, 16 KOs) at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, United States of America (USA) on November 20, 2021
The bout is an undercard of the main card bout where Terence Crawford defends his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Welterweight title against Shawn Porter.
Dogboe, whose last bout was against Adam Lopez, would make his return to the ring in more than two years against the 26-year-old Puerto Rican boxer.
The Ghanaian boxer was splendid his last outing having recorded a majority decision win against Adam Lopez in June, 2019.
Diaz, on the other hand, lost to WBO Featherweight Champion Emanuel Naverrete in April 2021 likewise Dogboe has suffered defeat twice against the ruthless Mexican boxer having lost his Super Bantamweight title in the process.
Dogboe would be looking to get his title ambitions back on track with a win while Diaz will be looking to get another shot at the title with a win.
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