Spain beat France and advance to Euro Cup final

Spanish fans celebrate victory around Fuengirola's Monumento Mare Nostrum. Tristan Kirkland-Euro Weekly News

La Roja recovered from conceding an early goal to beat France and qualify for their first Euro Cup final since winning the tournament in 2012.

After conceding a goal in just the 12th minute, Spain came back to beat France on the back of a stunning goal from youngster Lamine Yamal, and an own goal from Barcelona teammate Jules Kounde. 

In the 21st  minute, 16 year old Barcelona phenom Lamine Yamal cut inside and curled a powerful shot into the top corner to equalise, turning the momentum of the match. Despite playing without regular starter Robin Le Normand and Real Madrid right back Dani Carvajal due to yellow card accumulation in the quarterfinals against Germany, the Spanish defence calmed their nerves and contained the French attack headed by Kylian Mbappe after Yamal’s stunning strike.

Until then, France had the lead, the majority of possession and looked to be in control of the game, surprising many due to France’s aneimic offensive production up to that point in the tournament. Prior to Kolo Muani nodding in a cross from recent Real Madrid signing Kylian Mbappe, France had failed to create a single goal in regular play all tournament.

Soon after, in minute 25, Spain pulled ahead after a key stroke of luck. Mbappe’s former PSG teammate Dani Olmo struck a powerful low shot at the far post, which was going wide until French defender Jules Kounde attempted to block the shot, deflecting off his foot and into his own net.

The second half proved to be less decisive, France mounted more and more pressure as time wound down. 

Les Bleus came close to staging a comeback of their own on several occasions, Atheltico Madrid’s all-time leading scorer, Antoine Griezmann almost drew even on a header which narrowly sailed over Unai Simon and the Spanish goal.

Lamine Yamal celebrates his goal to even the match at 1-1. Via Seleccion Española Masculina de Futbol (@sefutbol)

Yamal, who will celebrate his 17th birthday the day before the final recounted his thoughts before striking the brace “Well, we were in a tough position because we didn’t expect a goal from then so soon, I took the chance and tried to place it where it went and that’s that, I’m very happy.”

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Written by

Tristan Kirkland

Hey everyone! I was born in Utah, United States, where I lived most of my life, before moving to Madrid when I was 17. I lived there for 7 years, graduating from Saint Louis University's Madrid Campus in Journalism before Joining Euro Weekly News! Leave me a comment to tell me what you thought of the story!


    • Donnie

      10 July 2024 • 12:15

      For the sake of accuracy (yes, pun), Dani Olmo’s shot was not going wide Tristan, it was heading straight into the net, and ‘that is why’ Eufa credited him with the goal, and not as an OG from Kounde… Hence Spain may have been fortunate that France didn’t perform at their best on the night, but there was no luck involved in the winning goal… Oh and by the way, Yamal didn’t strike a brace, just the one, though it was a beauty… 🙂

      • Tristan Kirkland

        10 July 2024 • 12:39

        Correct on both counts! When writing the story I claimed it was a Kounde own goal due to the limited angles that were televised of Dani Olmo´s goal and the initial official ruling of an own goal but I see now they have redacted that and given Dani Olmo his due credit. Secondly, somewhere along the line, either from American football, lacrosse, or hockey, I came to understand that ´bracing´ meant to score and equalize the game.Since reading your comment I googled it and I´m left unsure as to when I developed the impression it meant that, but I´m quite sure now I used the word incorrectly. Thank you for pointing these things out and they will be redacted momentarily!

    • Daniel Serio

      10 July 2024 • 13:44

      Very nice summary, will stay tapped in to future articles!

    • McConkie Bryant

      10 July 2024 • 17:00

      Legendary first article. You, sir, have a bright future ahead of you.

    • Donnie

      12 July 2024 • 09:59

      The reply was very gracious of you, Tristan. In accord with the other comments, I wish you all the best in your journalistic pursuits 👍


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