The group stages of the 2020/21 Nations League seem so long ago, but Spain booked their place in the final tournament by finishing top of their group, two points clear of Germany with three wins, two draws and one defeat. Before the final tournament kicked off in the week, there was the small matter of Euro 2020 in the summer in which Spain somewhat over-performed against their expectations, reaching the semi-finals before losing to Italy on penalties. There would be a repeat of that match in the semi-finals of the Nations League with Spain enacting minor revenge, beating the reigning Euro 2020 champions 2-1 to secure their spot in the final. A victory here would bring Spain their first international success since winning Euro 2012.
For France, this weekend will give them a chance to put their Euro 2020 disappointment behind them for their first trophy since winning the World Cup in 2018. Les Bleus were favourites going into Euro 2020 but won just one of their four games at the tournament, with two draws and a penalty shootout defeat to Switzerland in the last-16 in which they let a 3-1 lead slip in normal time. France did end a five-game winless run against Finland in World Cup qualifying last month and have now won two games on the bounce after a massive win over Belgium. Didier Deschamps men went into half time 2-0 down in the Nations League semi-final on Thursday but goals from Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe and Theo Hernandez helped France turn things around.
Spain vs France: Match Stats
The Nations League semi-finals showed that both sides not only have goals in them but also the capability of conceding them (or incapability to defend). For Spain, they allowed 10-man Italy back into a match they had looked comfortable in, while France gave Belgium two goals before making their comeback.
Another reason to expect goals is the form of Ferran Torres and Karim Benzema going into this game. Torres has taken up the responsibility of being Spain’s starting striker in recent times and has already scored 12 goals in 21 games for Spain. Benzema, meanwhile, has netted 11 goals in 14 games for club and country since the start of the 2021/22 campaign.
26 March 2013 – France 0-1 Spain – World Cup Qualifying
16 October 2012 – Spain 1-1 France – World Cup Qualifying
23 June 2012 – Spain 2-0 France – Euro 2012
With both teams being among the top seeds of world football for quite some time, games between Spain and France haven’t been too frequent of late. The last two meetings were friendlies in 2017 and 2014 with both sides trading wins, while their last competitive fixture ended in a 1-0 win for Spain in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.