(Watch Video Highlights) Hernandez seals last-minute comeback win for France after Lukaku, Carrasco fire Belgium into first half lead (Match Report)

Theo Hernandez scored a superb 90th-minute winner as France hit back from 2-0 down to stun Belgium and reach the Nations League final.

AC Milan’s Theo Hernandez was in the starting XI with Lucas, the first brothers to start for France in over 90 years.

Didier Deschamps’ side looked out of contention at the break after conceding two goals in the space of four minutes, but a thrilling second-half fightback set up a meeting with Spain.

Just four minutes in, Hugo Lloris had to make a truly extraordinary reaction save on Kevin De Bruyne’s deflected strike from nine yards.

After a few dangerous Kylian Mbappé counter-attacks, Belgium began to take control and Yannick Carrasco saw his low drive take a slight deflection into the near bottom corner. France felt that there was a foul in the build-up, but VAR and the referee waved play on.

The Red Devils doubled their lead with ex-Inter hitman Romelu Lukaku, who burst away from Lucas Hernandez down the right and hit an extraordinary strike from the tightest of angles into the roof of the net with his right boot. Once again, Lloris could have done better.

France began to get back into it after the break, but Antoine Griezmann prodded wide from six yards on an Mbappé roll across from the right. The goal had been coming and it arrived when Mbappé rolled across, Karim Benzema gathered with his back to goal, turned on the spot to drill in from 12 yards.

Belgium had fallen asleep in this second half and were penalised when Youri Tielemans went through the back of Griezmann for a penalty, which Mbappé converted with pure power and precision into the top corner.

This woke the Belgians up and Lloris flew to fingertip a De Bruyne rocket over the bar, while Thibaut Courtois parried Paul Pogba’s strike and Mbappé fired wide after a give-and-go with Benzema.

Moments after that miss, Belgium had the ball in the net with Lukaku, but he was marginally offside on the Carrasco cross from the left.

A few minutes after that, with extra time looming, Pogba’s splendid free kick bounced off the crossbar.

Mere seconds later, France did complete the turnaround with Milan star Theo Hernandez, who was ready on the rebound on a poor Toby Alderweireld clearance and smashed it left-footed into the far bottom corner from just inside the box.

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“The last few weeks have been difficult at Chelsea”- Blues star complains amid transfer speculation

Timo Werner admits he’s ‘not satisfied’ at Chelsea – but denies he’s angling for a transfer away.

One of his two goals against Southampton was chalked off by the referee and VAR as Chelsea ran away with 3-1 win over the visiting Saints.

His form as well as a change of agent has seen him linked with a move away from Chelsea.

He told express.de: “The last few weeks have been difficult at Chelsea.

“After many years, I was suddenly a little behind and had to fight my way again.

“A career always goes up and down, never steadily upwards. But you learn to deal with it.

“I have to bite into it again, that challenges me. Of course, I would like to enjoy more minutes, so I give my best in training.”

Former Chelsea academy star Tino Livramento opens up on Stamford Bridge exit, reveals his Blues career ‘regret’

Southampton sensation Tino Livramento regrets quitting Chelsea without playing first-team football and is open to returning.

But the £5milion right-wing back, 18, is delighted to have already played seven senior games for the Saints and made his England Under-21 debut last month.

The Londoner believes Chelsea have “probably the best academy in the world” but says his priority was playing in the Premier League as “quickly as soon as possible”.

Now Livramento is one of the Prem’s hottest starlets and focused on helping Southampton turn around their poor start to the season.

He lined up at Stamford Bridge in the Saints’ 3-1 defeat to the Prem leaders last Saturday.

And one look at the Chelsea squad underlines why Livramento chose to depart over the summer.

Long-serving Cesar Azpilicueta was in the teenager’s favoured position, while 21-year-old England star Reece James is out injured.

But Blues’ boss Thomas Tuchel reportedly did all he could to persuade Livramento to stay in the last transfer window.

And the 5ft 8ins ace, who was with Chelsea from 2009 until this summer, said “Regrets? It would have been nice to play a game but I had to think what was best for me.

“Being young I’ve always wanted to just play first team football as soon as possible.

“I feel like if I stayed there things wouldn’t have happened as quickly as now.

“It was a hard decision for everyone involved. They agreed that it was best for me as well and they’ve always looked after me.

“I’ll never have a bad word to say about how Chelsea treated me growing up and developing me into the player I am today.

“It’s probably the best academy in the world that anyone would want to go to and develop.”

And asked if he would consider moving back one day, Livramento added: “Maybe one day, but I’m just enjoying my football at the moment at Southampton.

“That’s where my head’s at right now – just trying to pick up as many points as possible and improving individually.”

“It was never going to be easy. Not being with coaches that have seen me grow from seven to 18, was never going to be easy.

“You just have to look at what is best for you and have good people around you who want what is best for you, a good agent, dad and family. Everything just fell into place.”

Liverpool set to beat Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund to RB Salzburg’s wonderkid Karim Adeyemi

Liverpool have reportedly been given a huge boost in their pursuit of RB Salzburg’s wonderkid Karim Adeyemi.

The 19-year-old striking sensation will leave Salzburg next summer, opening the door for the Reds to make a swoop for the youngster, according to Sky Sports HD.

But Jurgen Klopp’s side will have their work cut out convincing the German not to return to his homeland, with Bundesliga trio Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig also vying for his signature.

Adeyemi won’t come cheap for the Reds either, and they’ll have to meet Salzburg’s £34million value for their teen phenomenon who’s already scored 11 goals in 16 games in all competitions this season.

Bayern could have a slight advantage in negotiations as Adeyemi began his career at the club before he was shown the door for bad behaviour aged 16.

Tension between his parents and the German giants were also a major factor in Adeyemi’s dismissal.

Kevin De Bruyne breaks silence on Chelsea defender Rudiger’s intention over his injury in Champions League final

Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne claims he doesn’t hold any malice towards Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger for injuring him in the Champions League final.

De Bruyne was forced off the pitch after clashing with Rudiger in the second half of the game which the Blues went on to win 1-0.

The Belgian doesn’t even remember what happened as he was suffering from a concussion, but after seeing pictures from the game, he’s sure Rudiger meant no harm.

De Bruyne told HLN: “I have seen the images back. He just wanted to block me, not to cause an injury.

“For me, it was not a red card. I was concussed, so the final is all a blur.”

Saudi takeover of Newcastle in £300million deal back on track, club fans celebrate new move

The Saudi takeover of Newcastle United is set to be approved after the Gulf state settled its piracy dispute with Premier League broadcast partner beIN Sports and gave assurances over who will control the club.

According to the Daily Mail, the lifting of a four-year ban of Qatar-based beIN Sports being shown in Saudi, as well as the removal of all forms of piracy in the country, will now pave the way for the £300million deal to be signed off imminently, ending Mike Ashley’s 14-year ownership.

The Sun reveals that the Saudis and Qataris have been locked in a brutal dispute for more than four years after Doha-based beIN Sports had its feed across the Middle East hijacked.

But there has been a major breakthrough after the Gulf state finally lifted its ban on neighbour Qatar’s beIN Sports and approval from the Premier League for the deal’s completion could come within the next 24 hours.

The Public Investment Fund, which is the Saudi’s sovereign wealth fund belonging to Mohammad bin Salman, is set to own 80 per cent of the club in the proposed deal.

The son of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, his family are said to be worth close to £1TRILLION.

That means bin Salman, 34, has an insatiable appetite for spending his cash.

The playboy has reportedly splashed hundreds of millions in the past on a fancy yacht, a French home and even some rare art as he lives a life of luxury.

It’s meant he’s also made friends in high places, including in the White House – where he met former President Donald Trump, who he’s called a friend.

Meanwhile, Newcastle United fans descended onto social media to celebrate the expected £300million Saudi takeover of the club following the Gulf state’s crucial settlement over piracy issues.

Fans, who have come to adopt #cans for whenever there is good news for supporters, were quick to celebrate what has been viewed as a major step towards an ownership change.

“Bring back the entertainers. Bring back European nights. BRING BACK MY NEWCASTLE UNITED. #nufc #nufctakeover,” one excited fan wrote.

“WE’VE DONE IT!!! WE’VE F***ING DONE IT!!!” another exclaimed, followed by a series of money bag emojis to reflect the incoming cash injection the proposed owners are expected to provide.

One supporter likened the revival of the takeover like the ‘love of your life’ coming back.

The fan wrote: “I’m ready for it all. This takeover feels like the love of your life keep walking out, and coming back promising to change. Yessssssss.”

REVEALED: Borussia Dortmund’s clever plot to keep Erling Haaland at club beyond next season as top European clubs circle

Borussia Dortmund are ready to make their move to try and keep Erling Haaland at the club, according to AS.

The German club are apparently ready to double Haaland’s wages from €8m to €15m to try and persuade him to stay with them – although it still seems an unrealistic plan.

Christina Falk of SportBild had further details about the offer.

Haaland has a release clause in his contract activate from next summer which will allow clubs to sign him for a bargain price considering his obvious world class status.

Manchester City, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Barcelona have all been linked with the Norway star for a long time, and they won’t be deterred by the news that he’s going to be offered more money. They can pay that release clause – and match even that €15m salary – without any problems.

In the end it will come down to Haaland and his wishes. If the two Spanish giants are still in major difficulties in a year’s time, he might have second thoughts.

Kylian Mbappe’s mum intervenes in son PSG contract talks, provides update amid Real Madrid interest

Kylian Mbappe’s mum claims that the striker’s contract talks with Paris Saint-Germain are progressing smoothly.

The French star has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid next summer when his PSG contract runs out.

But the 22-year-olds mother, Fayza Lamari revealed that he’s still discussing his future with the Ligue 1 giants.

She even claims to be in close contact with PSG chief Leonardo.

Lamari told Le Parisien: ‘We are in talks with PSG right now and it’s going well.

‘I even spoke to PSG sporting director Leonardo on Monday night.”

However, Lamari couldn’t confirm if her son will stay in Paris or not, but did say he’s committed to winning the Champions League with Mauricio Pochettino’s team.

She added: “But will we reach an outcome? One thing is sure: he will give his all right up until the end to win the Champions League.”

Spain ends Italy’s 3-year unbeaten run in grand style, Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso, Roberto Mancini react

Italy have finally tasted defeat and it’s their first on home soil this century in a 2-1 loss to Spain.

It was a frantic contest played out at a breathless tempo and Spain were impressive, reaching the UEFA Nations League final courtesy of two first-half goals by Manchester City’s Ferran Torres.

Italy’s sublime sequence of results, without defeat in 37 games stretching back more than three years and culminating at Wembley when they crushed English dreams to win Euro 2020 title, is over.

The damage was done in the first half when Ferran Torres converted two delicious Mikel Oyarzabal crosses either side of Leonardo Bonucci’s red card.

Spain controlled the second period yet a late Lorenzo Pellegrini goal set up a grandstand finish.

La Roja held on though, and will now face the winners of Belgium against France in Sunday’s final of the Nations League.

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso said: “It’s great to bring Spain back to a final and would be great to win a trophy for the national team if we can.

“The truth is that I am extremely happy. To win against Italy, after such a long unbeaten run as they were on – I’m very pleased for the team.

“We were superior, we controlled the game, especially in the first half. Then we played a little more calmly and we had to suffer a little, but the victory is what counts.”

Italy boss Roberto Mancini said: “Football games are like this. Sometimes certain details can decide them.

“The first half could have ended 1-1 easily. Spain play very well technically, we should have been more careful in not conceding the second before the end of the half.

“It’s very difficult to face Spain’s ball possession with eleven players, so you can just imagine with ten.

“The lads did what they had to do, we needed some fresh legs and I made several substitutions which helped us in the second half.”

Chelsea to fork out £35million to re-sign high-flying former academy star

Chelsea may have to fork out £35million should they attempt to re-sign Tino Livramento in future, according to The Sun.

The 18-year-old has impressed for the Saints in the top-flight this term after making just four Blues appearances before switching to St Mary’s.

The right-back has played in seven of Southampton’s top tier games this season and his performances are thought to have wowed fans.