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Yamal Stars As Spain Beat France To Reach Euro 2024 Final

  • July 9, 2024
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Yamal Stars As Spain Beat France To Reach Euro 2024 Final

A wonder strike from teenager Lamine Yamal secured Spain a dramatic 2-1 victory over France in Munich on Tuesday, booking their place in the Euro 2024 final.

Yamal, a 16-year-old Barcelona attacker, stole the show with a long-range curler that beat Mike Maignan in the French goal. The strike was a worthy equalizer after Kolo Muani put France ahead early, nodding home a Kylian Mbappé cross in just the eighth minute.

France appeared in control, but Yamal’s moment of brilliance leveled the game and sent shockwaves through the stadium. He impressed further by tracking back defensively later in the game before being substituted to a standing ovation.

The momentum swung decisively in Spain’s favor shortly after the equalizer. A Dani Olmo shot took a deflection off Jules Kounde and looped into the French net, making it 2-1 in the 25th minute. The goal was initially credited to Kounde but later awarded to Olmo as it was on target.

The remainder of the first half was an enthralling battle. France, stunned by the concession, responded with increased aggression, but the teams went into halftime with Spain holding the lead.

Didier Deschamps introduced fresh legs in the 62nd minute with triple substitutions, bringing on Eduardo Camavinga, Antoine Griezmann, and Bradley Barcola for N’Golo Kanté, Adrien Rabiot, and Muani.

Mbappé, who had a quiet night by his standards, had a golden opportunity to equalize but scuffed his shot wide. The miss seemed to deflate French hopes, and despite Deschamps’ attempts to inspire a comeback, Spain held firm.

The victory sets up a mouthwatering final for Spain against either England or the Netherlands, who are playing in the other semi final on Wednesday in Dortmund, on Saturday.

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