Spain hold off France to soar into Euro '24 final


Spain struck twice in five minutes in a pulsating first half to secure a 2-1 comeback win over France on Tuesday as a record-breaking goal from teenager Lamine Yamal and a Dani Olmo effort propelled them into the Euro 2024 final.

The 16-year-old Yamal cancelled out Randal Kolo Muani’s opener with a sublime shot in the 21st minute to become the youngest scorer in a Euro or World Cup tournament before Olmo added another in the 25th for his third goal in the knockout stage.

The Spaniards, who have won every game of the tournament so far, confirmed their favourites tag with another display of attacking football, especially in the first half, that is a far cry from the tiki-taka passing game that earned them world and European titles more than a decade ago.

“I’m very happy to have made it to the final,” said man-of-the-match Yamal. “Now the most important thing is to win it. We were in a difficult moment, you wouldn’t expect a goal so soon.

“I wanted to put it in where it went in, and I’m very happy. I’m happy and content with the victory. I want to win, win and win,” added the teenager.

Goals from Dani Olmo and Lamine Yamal sent Spain into the final of Euro 2024.

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They will now face the winners of Wednesday’s match between England and Netherlands in the final in Berlin on Sunday as they hunt a record-breaking fourth European crown.

Spain had an early chance when Yamal, the youngest player to feature in a World Cup or Euro semifinal, floated a cross to the far post but Fabián Ruiz headed over the bar.

France did better from an almost identical move in the ninth minute with Kylian Mbappé, playing without a mask after breaking his nose earlier in the tournament, crossing for Kolo Muani to head in their first goal from open play at Euro 2024.

But the Spaniards, who were missing suspended Dani Carvajal and Robin Le Normand as well as injured Pedri, quickly turned the game around.

Yamal curled a stunning left-footed effort from 25 metres in off the post to break another record held by Brazil great Pele, as the youngest scorer in a Euro or World Cup.

Before France had any time to recover Olmo completed their lightning-quick comeback in the 25th with a shot that was turned in by France’s Jules Koundé.

France, who had conceded only one goal in their previous five games in the tournament, upped the tempo after the break and had chances through Mbappé and Theo Hernández.

But the 2022 World Cup finalists, who have struggled with scoring throughout the tournament, could not carve out an equaliser with Spain, pulling back and successfully soaking up the pressure.



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