The 16-year-old Spaniard’s amazing goal has revolutionised the Euro Cup

The 16-year-old Spaniard’s amazing goal has revolutionised the Euro Cup
The 16-year-old Spaniard’s amazing goal has revolutionised the Euro Cup

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The semi-final of the Euro 2024 among the selections of France y Spain which was played in Munich, with the 2-1 victory and qualification to the decisive duel for the Spaniards. And as such, the first half provided emotions of all kinds.

After five matches in which they had only celebrated with goals against and penalties, the French team managed to score a goal from open play. It was generated by Kylian Mbappé on the left and Randal Kolo Muani shouted, who received an exquisite aerial pass and headed it in at the far post. Eight minutes had passed.

Until then, the French team had only scored three times in the competition, through a penalty, scored by Mbappé, and twice against Austria (1-0) in the group stage, and against Belgium (1-0), in the round of 16.

However, Spain reacted well to the disadvantage. Thirteen minutes later the Iberians equalised, with a great goal from Lamine Yamal from 25 meters. The 16-year-old player, the youngest to participate and score a goal in a European Championship, He hooked outside the area and unleashed a left-footed shot that went into the corner. A gem.

The boy had already scored a very similar goal against the French playing in the European Under 17 tournament. On that occasion he was the one who opened the scoring.

The French joy was short-lived and they were already at a disadvantage after 24 minutes. Dani Olmo tried to get a cross from the centre to the right and shot with a shot that seemed to have poor aim, but Jules Koundé appeared in the middle of the six-yard box to put his foot out and try to clear it. But, in an unfortunate move, what the defender did was to seal the score at 2-1, against them. The goal was marked by the number 10, who created a classy situation by taking the rebound and making a hook.

Yamal came very close to scoring another goal in the second half, but his shot went just wide. In the end, He was chosen as the best player of the duel, in another recognition of an unforgettable first major international tournament for the boy who, at 5 months old, was part of a special production for a UNICEF charity calendar for the newspaper Sport in 2007. The person bathing him in that photo session was… Lionel Messi. Today, everyone remembers that situation.

“Messi is an idol and I don’t feel worthy of comparing myself to him, “I only hope to achieve half of what he did. He is without a doubt the best in history,” Lamine had said on the eve of the Euros, avoiding comparisons.

The second semi-final will be played this Wednesday between England and the Netherlands, in Dortmund, at 4pm (Argentine time). The final of the Euro Cup will be next Sunday, in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. There Spain is already waiting.

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