In a thrilling semifinal clash at Euro 2024, Spain secured their place in the tournament final with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over France on Tuesday night.

The match, held in Munich, witnessed 16-year-old Lamine Yamal etching his name in history as the youngest-ever scorer in a major tournament.

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France started strong, taking an early lead in the 9th minute when Kylian Mbappé, playing without his protective mask for the first time since his nose injury earlier in the tournament, delivered a precise cross to Randal Kolo Muani, who headed the ball into the net.

This goal marked France’s first open-play goal of Euro 2024, highlighting their defensive prowess throughout the competition.

However, Spain quickly responded with a moment of brilliance from Yamal in the 21st minute. The young prodigy curled a stunning shot from 25 yards out, beating French goalkeeper Mike Maignan and finding the back of the net off the left post.

Just four minutes later, Dani Olmo put Spain ahead with a powerful strike that was deflected into the goal by French defender Jules Koundé, initially considered an own goal but later credited to Olmo.

“We were in a difficult stretch after conceding early. I just took the ball and wanted to put it right there. I am very happy,” said Yamal after the match, reflecting on his crucial equalizer. “I don’t try to think about it too much, just enjoy myself and help the team.”

France, despite their early lead, struggled to regain control against Spain’s dominant possession and technical prowess.

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“They were superior in terms of control and technique. The team that gave the best impression was Spain. So they deserve to win tonight,” remarked France coach Didier Deschamps.

The victory propels Spain into their fourth European Championship final, where they will face either England or the Netherlands in Berlin on Sunday.

The outcome of Wednesday’s semifinal between England and the Netherlands will determine Spain’s opponent in what promises to be a captivating finale.

“We are very close; just one more step to go. What the team is doing is incredible. We deserve to be in the final, one step from glory,” affirmed Olmo, reflecting on Spain’s remarkable journey in the tournament.

“Whether it is my goal or Koundé’s, it doesn’t matter. A goal is a goal. The important thing is that we are in the final.”

Spain, known for their storied history in European football, now stands on the cusp of securing a record fourth European Championship title.

With their blend of youthful talent and experienced leadership, La Roja will undoubtedly enter the final as formidable contenders, eager to add another chapter to their footballing legacy.

The clash in Munich not only showcased Spain’s resilience and attacking prowess but also underlined the rising star power of young talents like Lamine Yamal.

As the football world awaits the grand finale, Spain’s journey at Euro 2024 continues to captivate fans worldwide, promising a final spectacle worthy of the tournament’s rich tradition and history.

 

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