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Didier Deschamps praises Kylian Mbappé’s resilience after his Euro 2020 nightmare and insists France is ‘better with than without him’ as he bounces back by starring in Nations League comeback win over Belgium

  • Kylian Mbappe sparkled in France’s 3-2 Nations League last-four win over Belgium
  • The Frenchman scored a penalty as Les Bleus came back from a 2-0 deficit in Turin
  • Mbappé was the villain for France in their shock Euro 2020 last-16 ext in June
  • French boss Didier Deschamps praised both Mbappé and his team’s resilience











Didier Deschamps praised French star Kylian Mbappé for putting his Euro 2020 woes behind him to sack Les Bleus to a stunning comeback in the Nations League semi-final over Belgium.

Mbappe was widely criticized for his role in the June tournament, failing to find the net throughout the competition before missing the crucial dot in France’s shocking last-16 exit to Switzerland.

In Thursday evening’s win over Belgium – France’s first knockout match since their departure for the European Championship – the 22-year-old was in electric form as Deschamps’ side fell 2-0 behind at halftime to finish 3-0 late. 2, with Mbappé scoring a penalty in the second half.

French boss Didier Deschamps praised Kylian Mbappe’s (above) resilience on Thursday evening

Mbappé scored in France's 3-2 victory in the Nations League semi-final over Belgium

Mbappé scored in France’s 3-2 victory in the Nations League semi-final over Belgium

“Kylian didn’t hesitate,” said Deschamps afterwards. “He was determined after a lack of efficiency at the European Championship.

“As I’ve always said, the French team is better with Kylian Mbappe than without.

“We were eliminated by Switzerland (at Euro 2020), but the French national team is still there. We are still among the best teams.’

France fell behind in the game against Turin on Thursday, with Yannick Carrasco and Romelu Lukaku giving Belgium a 2-0 lead at halftime, despite Les Bleus dominating most of the ball possession.

Mbappé (right) was the villain for France during their shock Euro 2020 las-16 exit in June

Mbappé (right) was the villain for France during their shock Euro 2020 las-16 exit in June

Deschamps’ side were much more clinical after halftime, with Karim Benzema pulling back a goal after the hour, while Mbappe came on from the spot just seven minutes after France’s first.

In the final three minutes of the game, the grandstand ended, with Belgian striker Lukaku disallowed a late winner by VAR, before Paul Pogba hit the woodwork with a late free kick just two minutes later.

Second after the French midfielder hit the frame of the goal with the play set, Theo Hernandez shot in a late winner for Les Bleus with a fierce attack from the edge of the area.

Deschamps (center) praised Mbappe and the rest of his team for coming back from a 2-0 deficit

Deschamps (center) praised Mbappe and the rest of his team for coming back from a 2-0 deficit

The result means France advance to Sunday’s Nations League final with Spain, who defeated European champions Italy 2-1 on Wednesday. World Cup winner Deschamps describes Thursday’s dramatic victory as one of the best victories as a national coach.

“It’s one of the best because of the way it unfolded, because of the quality of our opponents,” said Deschamps. “Despite the setback, we had the pride and character to turn it around. It’s a great, great moment.

“We were below par in the latter part of the first half, but when we played more aggressively it was a different story.

“At halftime the players felt down, but that’s because we gave Belgium the chance to score those two goals. The players showed pride and character.’

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