Spain's stunning comeback shatters French dreams, 2-1

Spain defeated France 2-1 after a thrilling comeback, becoming the first team to reach the final of the European Football Championship.

Publication: 10.07.2024 - 11:19
Spain's stunning comeback shatters French dreams, 2-1
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Match Recap: Spain vs. France

In the first semifinal of EURO 2024 held in Germany, Spain faced France at Allianz Arena. Spain emerged victorious with a 2-1 win.

France took the lead in the 9th minute. Kylian Mbappe’s cross from the left found Randal Kolo Muani, who headed the ball into the net. This goal marked France's first from open play in EURO 2024.

Spain's Equalizer

Spain's young star Lamine Yamal equalized in the 21st minute. The 16-year-old scored a stylish goal from inside the penalty area, making it 1-1 and etching his name in history.

Record-Breaking Moment

Yamal broke Pepe's record (17 years, 239 days) by becoming the youngest player to score in a major tournament at 16 years and 362 days. Additionally, he surpassed Arda Güler’s record to become the youngest scorer in European Championship history.

Spain Takes the Lead

In the 25th minute, Dani Olmo put Spain ahead. Olmo capitalized on a cross from the right, maneuvering past the defense to score.

Holding the Lead

Spain maintained their 2-1 lead into halftime and throughout the second half, securing their place in the final.

France's Exit and Spain's Path Forward

With this result, Spain became the first finalist of EURO 2024, while France bowed out in the semifinals. Spain's opponent in the final will be determined after the semifinal match between England and the Netherlands.

The final of the European Football Championship is scheduled for Sunday, July 14.