EURO2024: Yamal sets record as Spain beat France to reach final

EURO2024: Yamal sets record as Spain beat France to reach final

Faruq Ibrahim 21:53 - 09.07.2024

Spain's Red Fury fired on as they defeated France to reach the European Championship finals.

Spain came from behind thanks to goals from Lamine Yamal and Dani Olmo to beat France 2-1 and make the final of the European Championships.

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Randal Kolo Muani opened the scoring for France early on, but La Roja remained cool. They pulled one back in the 21st minute and subsequently went ahead in the 25th minute. France had chances to pull level, and Spain had chances to go clear, but the scoreline remained the same, and the Spaniards advanced.

How it happened

With the injury to Pedri and the suspensions for Dani Carvajal and Robin Le Normand, Luis De La Fuente was forced to rotate his team, bringing on the veteran Jesus Navas at right-back, Nacho at centre-back, and Dani Olmo in the hole behind Alvaro Morata. 

Deschamps, on the other hand, went back to an offensive 4-3-3 set-up, bringing back Ousmane Dembele to the attack and returning Adrien Rabiot to the fold after the Juventus man served his suspension.

La Roja started on the front foot and threatened to score in the opening five minutes when Yamal clipped a pass to the back post for Fabian Ruiz. The PSG man did not show the composure he exhibited in a similar situation previously, however, as he headed his attempt high. 

Moments later, France scored. Ousmane Dembele switched the ball to Kylian Mbappe, isolating him with Navas. The new Real Madrid man, like Yamal, clipped the ball to the back post, but unlike Ruiz, Muani managed to keep his header on target as he fired Didier Deschamps' side ahead. 

Spain pressed for an equaliser, and in the 21st minute, Yamal got the stadium on its feet. The youngster danced inside before letting fly, curling his attempt past the outstretched Mike Maignan to become the youngest goal scorer in the competition’s history. 

Four minutes later, Olmo sent Spain ahead for the first time in the game. The RB Leipzig forward showed amazing quick feet in the box as he cut past Aurelien Tchouameni before firing at goal. Jules Kounde attempted to intercept but only helped the ball in quicker.