The Nations League semi-final meeting between France and Belgium had no shortage of talent and attacking stars on show.
A late goal from Lucas Hernandez completed a stunning turnaround victory for Didier Deschamps’s side, who had trailed by two goals at the break.
Lukaku and Yannick Carrasco had put Belgium in a seemingly commanding position before Benzema pulled one back, an Mbappe penalty levelled the score and a late stunning winner capped the enthralling encounter.
It was a meeting that may have held particular interest for Real Madrid fans, who say their club record signing Hazard pitted against star striker Benzema, alongside his attacking partner Mbappe.
Madrid lodged a world record bid – which Sky Sports reported to be in excess of €220million – which received no response from Paris Saint-Germain in the closing hours of the summer transfer window.
Mbappe is now into the final nine months of his contract at PSG and the expectation is that he will not renew following the stalling of extension talks with the club.
It is widely expected that Los Blancos will attempt to land the superstar striker as a free agent next year and theoretically open talks over a pre-contract agreement from January 1.
Indeed, a recent Lionel Messi interview has added further speculation to that question.
It is therefore no surprise that the Spanish media have poured over the on-field conversation between Real Madrid attacker Hazard and Mbappe during the Nations League encounter.
The cameras show that Hazard made a comment towards his French opponent during the match which caused Mbappe to laugh.
That has led to a great deal of speculation on what the Belgian attacker said to Mbappe, with a common conception that he said ‘Hala Madrid’.
Fortunately for PSG fans and their sporting director Leonardo, it is virtually impossible to lipread what Hazard said in the moment because he was partially blurred, and the exact remarks will likely forever remain a mystery.
While Mbappe’s club future remains somewhat unclear, his long-term international commitment has also been questioned this month.
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Mbappe won the World Cup with his nation in 2018 but there have been tensions in recent months, with the striker being thwarted from the penalty spot in the nation’s Euro 2020 exit against Switzerland.
Mbappe said in a recent interview with French newspaper L’Equipe , when questioning his future with the French national team: “I have never taken a single euro to play for the French national team and I will always play for my national team for free. Above all, I never wanted to be problem.
“But from the moment where I felt like that I was starting to become a problem and that people felt I was a problem… I received the message, that my ego was what made us lose, that I wanted to take up too much space, and that without me, therefore, we might have won.
“The most important thing is the French national team and if the French national team is happier without me, [I’ll go].
“I met with the president (Noel Le Graet) and we talked about it. What I went to complain to him about was that I was insulted and called a ‘monkey’ for missing a penalty. That is not the same thing. I will never complain about a penalty. The penalty, I was the one who missed it.”