Spain vs France live blog for the 2021 UEFA Nations League final. After winning their respective semi-finals in dramatic fashion, kicking off this Nations League Final Four in Italy, Luis Enrique’s Spain side and Didier Deschamps’ France squad will face off in Milan at the San Siro for the trophy. It should be a thrilling battle between two teams who haven’t met competitively in over eight years. We’ll have all the updates from Milan for you on this live blog as the night progresses.
Spain vs France LIVE – Latest updates
This is the start of our live blog for the 2021 Nations League final of Spain vs France. We’ll have the latest information during the build-up and then minute-by-minute updates once the game kicks off, with the entries nearest the top the most recent ones.
Spain XI is out!
We have the confirmed Spanish national team line-up for tonight’s Nations League final, with Luis Enrique setting his team up as: Unai Simon; Cesar Azpilicueta, Eric Garcia, Aymeric Laporte, Marcos Alonso; Gavi, Sergio Busquets, Rodri; Ferran Torres, Mikel Oyarzabal, Pablo Sarbia.
Spain vs France prediction time
It’s getting closer and closer to kick off of the 2021 Nations League final between Spain and France, so let’s have some predictions. Who is going to lift the trophy tonight? Spain or France? Have your say in our poll.
The Nations League third-place result
The third-place playoff of the Nations League was a pointless match in the view of many, including Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, but it did take place this Sunday afternoon and Italy defeated the Belgians 2-1. They finish third in their home Nations League Final Four tournament.
The Spain vs France precedents
Spain have faced France the third-most times of all other national teams, but they haven’t met competitively since 2013 when they were in the same qualifying group for the 2014 World Cup. Then, there was a 1-1 draw in Madrid and a 1-0 victory for La Roja away. There have been two friendlies since then, with a 1-0 French win in 2014 and a 2-0 Spanish victory in 2017, making for an overall head-to-head record 34 Spain wins, 12 France wins and seven draws between these nations in 35 meetings.
Spain vs France predicted line-ups
It’s always difficult to predict Luis Enrique‘s line-ups, but Spain‘s probable XI is: Unai Simon; Cesar Azpilicueta, Aymeric Laporte, Pau Torres, Marcos Alonso; Koke, Sergio Busquets, Gavi; Pablo Sarabia, Ferran Torres, Mikel Oyarzabal. As for France, the predicted line-up is: Hugo Lloris; Jules Kounde, Raphael Varane, Lucas Hernandez; Benjamin Pavard, Paul Pogba, Aurelien Tchouameni, Theo Hernandez; Antoine Griezmann; Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema.
When and where to watch the 2021 Nations League final
This Sunday night’s final gets going at 20:45 CEST local time, which is 19:45 BST for those in the UK and 14:45 CEST for those watching on from the east coast of the USA. Fans in the UK can watch Spain vs France on Sky Sports, while those in the USA can tune in through Univision, TUDN and ESPN.