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Spain vs France LIVE: Euro 2024 result and Lamine Yamal’s amazing goal to knock out Kylian Mbappe

Spain vs France LIVE: Euro 2024 result and Lamine Yamal’s amazing goal to knock out Kylian Mbappe

French Fans React to Penalty Shootout Deciding on Path to European Cup Semi-Finals

Spain’s Lamine Yamal made history by becoming the youngest player to score a goal in the history of the men’s European Championship, knocking out tournament favourites France and advancing to the 2024 European Championship final.

The 16-year-old equalised with a stunning strike from outside the penalty area after Randal Kolo Muani’s early opener in the semi-final in Munich, before Dani Olmo gave Spain the lead, his shot deflected off France defender Jules Kounde.

Spain tried to contain France in the second half but there were not many goal-scoring opportunities, captain Kylian Mbappe hitting the post when he found the back of the net and manager Didier Deschamps’ attacks were not enough to give La Roja an equaliser.

Spain have advanced to the men’s final for the first time since winning the European Championship in 2012 and will face either England or the Netherlands in Berlin on Sunday. Gareth Southgate’s team will face the Netherlands tomorrow night hoping to reach back-to-back European Championship finals after losing to Italy three years ago.

You can follow the latest developments of the Spain – France match below:

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Lamine Yamal marks Spain’s next golden age and leaves France with a regret

If this is to be Spain’s first men’s trophy since its 2008-12 glory, there could be no better sign of a new era than the youngest player in European Championship history scoring the goal that sent them to the final. Kylian Mbappe, who has finally taken off his mask, will not be showing his face in Berlin on Sunday. Instead, the final will feature a star who could be his successor, Lamine Yamal. He had already lit up Euro 2024 and now he has lifted it even higher, scoring a sensational goal that transformed Spain’s 2-1 comeback against France. It was a stroke of genius, both in the way he struck and how he delivered it when his team really needed it.

It was a launching pad moment. It could also be a moment of realisation for France, whose minimalist football has reached its limits. Didier Deschamps, who has been telling people all tournament to change the channel if they don’t like what they see, may have to do the same on Sunday. It’s hard not to feel that France have wasted a generation, that they look like a dull team whose talent is far from where it should be.

Miguel Delaney – in MunichJuly 9, 2024 22:16

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Spain – France was pure excitement… Didier Deschamps would choose boredom every time

“If you’re bored, watch another game.” That was Didier Deschamps’ challenge to his critics. It promised to be a precursor to another exercise. Deschamps ballHe finished off a game with defensive midfielders and a strong rearguard. And yet what happened next was so exciting that the France manager may have tried to divert his attention to something more sombre.

Because there was a downside to the fun, at least for France, which was perhaps what the pragmatist in Deschamps was so afraid of. Blues had charted a unique course to the last four, with none of their players scoring from open play but neither conceding a goal. Then the waiting was over; it happened on both sides.

The Frenchman’s 488-minute drought ended, even more bizarrely, with a seemingly simple goal: Kylian Mbappe, perhaps the best player in the world, sent a cross towards the far post and €80m striker Randal Kolo Muani headed home.

Richard Jolly – in MunichJuly 9, 2024 22:40

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Alvaro Morata injury fears after photographer falls on Spain captain’s knee

Alvaro Morata sprained his knee on Wednesday after a photographer bumped into the Spain captain as he celebrated his team’s victory in the 2024 European Championship semi-finals.

Yamal, 16, scored a stunning goal for Spain, cancelling out Randal Kolo Muani’s opening goal, before Dani Olmo scored Red And there was no way back for France, with Spain advancing to the final with either the Netherlands or England.

Chris WilsonJuly 10, 2024 08:00

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Netherlands v England TV channel, kick-off time and how to watch Euro 2024 semi-final online

England have reached the semi-finals of the men’s international tournament for the third time in four tournaments and Gareth Southgate will be hoping his team can do better than when they lost out on home soil three years ago.

Neither country has been able to deliver a fully convincing performance at this summer’s 2024 European Championship, but both have managed to find a way forward – with the Dutch side finishing third in their group before knocking out Romania in the last 16.

The match kicks off at 20:00 GMT on Wednesday, July 10 in Dortmund and will be broadcast live on ITV 1 and STV, with UK viewers able to watch via the ITV X and STV Player platforms and apps. You can find the full list of which channels are showing which match here.

Chris WilsonJuly 10, 2024 07:00

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Netherlands v England referee: Who is Euro 2024 referee Felix Zwayer?

The 43-year-old experienced referee has been refereeing since 2005 but was given a six-month suspension from duty by the German Football Association in 2006 for accepting a €300 bribe against his colleague Robert Hoyzer.

Zwayer later exposed Hoyzer’s match-fixing scheme and despite Hoyzer receiving a lifetime ban, he rebuilt his own reputation and career following his sentence.

Chris WilsonJuly 10, 2024 06:00

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Gareth Southgate urges England to seize ‘chance to make history’

Gareth Southgate says England are ready to make history by reaching their first final on foreign soil after being hampered by expectations and external noise like never before at the European Championship.

Having finished top of their group in less than convincing fashion, the Euro 2020 runners-up were saved from embarrassment by Jude Bellingham’s stunning goal before beating Switzerland on penalties against Slovakia.

England are preparing for their third semi-final at a major four tournament, while they face Ronald Koeman’s Netherlands in a second consecutive European Championship final.

Chris WilsonJuly 10, 2024 05:00

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Gareth Southgate’s England revolution shouldn’t be dismissed simply because it’s boring

England have been playing international football for 152 years, but it would be wrong to push it back that far. They could have competed in World Cups before the Second World War, but chose not to because of their arrogance and isolationism; they first played in a tournament in 1950, 74 years ago.

There have been four semi-finals since then: 1966, 1968 (in a four-team tournament), 1990 and 1996, just two on home soil. Then came the Southgate years and there have been three more. They come at three-year intervals: 2018, 2021 (at the delayed Euro 2020) and now 2024.

England, perhaps without realising it, are living in their golden age. They have taken the most ordinary route to the Euro 2024 semi-finals, but they are there. Gareth Southgate’s three semi-finals put him ahead of Alf Ramsey, with two, and Bobby Robson and Terry Venables, who have each reached one semi-final.

Chris WilsonJuly 10, 2024 04:00

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Ready to make history – Declan Rice knows England can win Euro 2024

Declan Rice claims England are “set to make history” by winning the 2024 European Championship and ending a 58-year drought for men’s major trophies.

Gareth Southgate’s side aim to reach back-to-back finals when they face the Netherlands in the last four on Wednesday.

Losing to Italy on penalties at Euro 2020 was the closest the men’s team has come to matching the feat of the 1966 World Cup winners.

Rice was part of the squad that lost at Wembley in 2021 but believes their trophy drought must now be over.

Chris WilsonJuly 10, 2024 03:00

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The six-year behind-the-scenes process that led to England’s perfect penalty

England beat Switzerland on penalties in the Euro 2024 quarter-finals thanks to a secret change of approach that involved rethinking every detail of the penalty shoot-out, down to the steps players should take and where they should look. One insight was not to practice too much, as this can have a negative effect on nerves.

The Football Association has been so protective of these decisive draw-winning approaches that it stopped players such as Jordan Pickford and Ezri Konsa from going into too much detail about the “process” after Saturday’s quarter-final win, although some elements have emerged in a book written by an influential former staff member. Chris Markham, now sporting director at Bolton Wanderers, previously worked at the FA for four years and as Game Insights Leader during the landmark 2018 World Cup.

He was personally thanked by Gareth Southgate after the crucial 2018 last-16 win against Colombia in Russia. The manager first consulted Markham in 2017 before holding a wider meeting to convince the players in March 2018. The results were evident in the five excellent penalties against Switzerland, although the Euro 2020 final penalty shoot-out against Italy showed there was still more to do.

Chris WilsonJuly 10, 2024 02:00

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Phil Foden says England attack ‘improved’ with new role in formation change

The Manchester City player believes that this situation gives him the opportunity to challenge the Swiss player more by offering him more different positions and liberates him.

Chris WilsonJuly 10, 2024 01:00