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Teen helps Spain beat France to secure Euro 2024 final slot

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In a thrilling Euro 2024 semi-final, Spain triumphed over France with a 2-1 victory, propelled by a historic goal from Lamine Yamal.

The 16-year-old sensation became the youngest goalscorer in European Championship history, securing Spain’s place in the final.

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France started strong, with Randal Kolo Muani heading in a cross from Kylian Mbappe to take an early lead. However, Yamal responded with a stunning strike from outside the box in the 21st minute, making history at the age of 16 years and 362 days.

Just four minutes later, Spain took the lead as a shot from Dani Olmo was deflected into the net by French defender Jules Kounde.

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The first half was a spectacle of attacking football, with France mounting a determined response in the second half. Aurelien Tchouameni’s header was saved, and Mbappe’s ambitious effort was thwarted.

The French captain, who played without a face mask for the first time since breaking his nose earlier in the tournament, had a significant chance to equalize late in the game but missed, summing up his recent form.

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Spain’s defense stood strong, showcasing their balance between offensive prowess and defensive solidity. They remained on track for a potential fourth European Championship title, having won all six of their matches and scoring a tournament-high 13 goals.

The team’s success has been driven by their younger players, with Yamal and 21-year-old winger Nico Williams making significant impacts throughout the tournament.

Yamal’s performance has been particularly remarkable. At just 16, he has already had a standout season with Barcelona, becoming their youngest ever player and goalscorer.

His confidence and skill were on full display as he delivered a swerving strike into the top corner, solidifying his status as one of football’s most promising talents.

France, despite their strong lineup, struggled to capitalize on their opportunities. Didier Deschamps’ side, who reached the World Cup final two years ago, fell short in attack, managing just four goals in the tournament, with only one from open play.

Mbappe, who scored only once at Euro 2024, has not been at his best since his injury in the opening game against Austria. His excellent cross for France’s goal showed glimpses of his ability, but he was largely absent in the crucial moments.

As Spain prepares to face either England or the Netherlands in Sunday’s final, they do so as deserved finalists, having been the standout team of the tournament.

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