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2024 Euros: Lamine Yamal stars in Spain’s semifinal win over France

Spain fought back to beat France 2-1 in an entertaining Euro 2024 semifinal on Tuesday with a stunning Lamine Yamal strike and a Dani Olmo goal booking their spot in Sunday’s final in Berlin.

France struck early when Kylian Mbappe, not wearing a mask after breaking his nose earlier in the tournament, picked out Randal Kolo Muani who headed in from close range for his side’s first goal from open play at the tournament.

Yamal levelled for Spain in the 21st minute when he launched a ferocious left-footed drive from outside the penalty area that glanced off the post on its way into the net, making the 16-year-old the youngest scorer at a Euro or World Cup tournament.

The goal made Yamal, who already has three assists at Euro 2024, the youngest scorer in the competition’s history, beating the previous record by a year and a half.

Lamal’s goal, 13 minutes after France’s opener, ignited Spain’s attack and La Roja took the lead four minutes later through Olmo.

Spain celebrate qualification to 2024 Euros Final Photo Courtesy: Getty Images
Mike Maignan clears ball ahead of Nico Williams Photo Courtesy: Getty Images

Olmo leapt acrobatically to collect a cleared cross, shed a defender and smashed goalwards, his shot taking a deflection off Kounde before bouncing in.

Lamine Yamal Photo Courtesy: Getty Images

France’s best chance to force extra time fell to their captain with five minutes remaining, but Mbappe blasted well over with only goalkeeper Unai Simon to beat.

Kylian Mbappe Photo Courtesy: Getty Images

France kept Spain penned in during the second half and created a few chances but could not find a way back. Spain take on the winner of the England-Netherlands semifinal game on Sunday, July 14 in Berlin.

Marc Cucurella battles Dayot Upamecano Photo Courtesy: Getty Images

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