France head coach Didier Deschamps hailed “crucial” Karim Benzema after the star forward guided Les Bleus to Nations League glory.
Benzema scored a stunning equaliser as world champions France came from behind to beat Spain 2-1 in Sunday’s final in Milan.
After Mikel Oyarzabal broke the deadlock, Benzema struck moments later in sublime fashion to restore parity before Kylian Mbappe settled the contest 10 minutes from the end.
Benzema ended the Nations League Finals as the joint leading scorer alongside Mbappe and Spain’s Ferran Torres to cap a particularly pleasing campaign for the Real Madrid talisman, who had spent more than five years in international exile before returning ahead of Euro 2020.
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