Yamal wonder goal helps Spain beat France to reach Euros final


A sensational goal from 16-year-old phenomenon Lamine Yamal helped Spain come from behind to beat France 2-1 in Munich and claim their place in the final of Euro 2024.

Yamal became the youngest player to score at a European Championship or World Cup, beating the record previously held by Brazil legend Pele, when he shifted the ball onto his left foot and curled a stunning shot in off the post from 25 yards in a pulsating first half.

Earlier, France had gone in front when Randal Kolo Muani headed in a sumptuous cross by Kylian Mbappe, playing without a mask having recovered from his broken nose suffered earlier in the tournament.

Spain have won all of their Euro 2024 games so far
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Dani Olmo’s goal took him joint-top of the Euro 2024 scoring charts on three goals

But Yamal’s brilliant strike tilted the momentum of the tie in Spain’s favour and the comeback was complete soon afterwards when Dani Olmo fired a low shot into the net off defender Jules Kounde, following an excellent piece of control in the France box.

France tried to muster a response in the second half but struggled to break down Luis de la Fuente’s side, with Mbappe wastefully firing their best opportunity over the bar in the closing stages.

Inspired by the extraordinary Yamal, this formidable Spain outfit will now face the winner of England’s semi-final against Netherlands in Sunday’s final having become the first side to win six consecutive games in European Championship history.

It is Yamal, though, scorer of the dazzling equalising goal, who has made the biggest mark in the record books. He is sure to be key in deciding whether Spain take home their third European Championship title.

In pictures: Yamal’s record-breaking stunner

Yamal unleashes his shot from outside the France box
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Yamal unleashes his shot from outside the France box

Spain's Lamine Yamal, center, scores his side's first goal during a semifinal match between Spain and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, July 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Yamal’s effort curled towards the far corner

France goalkeeper Mike Maignan fails to stop Spain's first goal scored by Spain's Lamine Yamal during a semifinal match between Spain and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, July 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
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France goalkeeper Mike Maignan can’t prevent the shot from dropping in

Spain's Lamine Yamal celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during a semifinal match between Spain and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, July 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Yamal sprints towards the dugout to celebrate

Yamal knee-slides in front of the Spain dugout
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Yamal knee-slides in front of the Spain dugout

Yamal is mobbed by his team-mates in celebration
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Yamal is mobbed by his team-mates in celebration

Analysis: Yamal’s stunner caps dazzling tournament

Sky Sports’ Nick Wright:

As if even playing at a European Championship at the age of 16 was not impressive enough. As if being the player with the most assists at the tournament was not impressive enough. Lamine Yamal continues to rip up the record books. This was something else.

Spain had been stunned by France’s early goal, Randal Kolo Muani’s header leading to recriminations among their defenders. But one player, the youngest player on the pitch, the youngest player to ever to step on a pitch at a European Championship, kept his cool.

His goal, scored only 13 minutes after falling behind, was a jaw-dropping moment as he shimmied right then went the other way before unleashing a perfect, left-footed strike beyond the reach of Mike Maignan and into the net off the post.

He was not done there. Within a few minutes of his goal, Yamal was playing his part in Spain’s second, again getting on the ball and taking responsibility, his incisive reverse pass releasing Dani Olmo, who, within a few seconds, had Spain celebrating again.

If Yamal was not already a superstar, then he is now. As Oscar Lopez, one of his former coaches in Barcelona’s academy, put in by text message after the game: “He has no ceiling.”

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