Internationals: Alonso and Azpilicueta beaten in Nations League final, Jorginho and Emerson take bronze

In an even first period, both sides sought to play quickly out from the back in the face of some intense pressing. Azpilicueta had to be on high alert against the pace of Benzema and Mbappe, with the Chelsea skipper clearing from inside his own six-yard box with goalkeeper Unai Simon stranded after Paul Pogba had threaded a perfect pass through for the Real Madrid striker.

Down the other end, Alonso looked to repeat his trick of causing problems for Hugo Lloris with a cheeky free-kick that briefly caught the Spurs man by surprise but flew narrowly wide. The 30-year-old then did well to thwart Mbappe down the right as France threatened in the second half, although it was La Roja who struck first in the final when Mikel Oyarzabal produced a smart left-footed finish to make it 1-0.

That came seconds after Theo Hernandez had hit the crossbar for Didier Deschamps’s side and the French took just two minutes to restore parity as Benzema cut inside Azpilicueta and curled a brilliant effort into the far top corner.