ESP 2-1 FRA, Euro 2024: Spain Create European Championship Record En Route To Final - Talking Points

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La Roja In The Final

Spain beat France in the first semi-final of the UEFA Euro 2024 at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany.

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A Star Is Born

Teen sensation Lamine Yamal revived Spain after conceding an early goal with a beauty of a goal, a curler from outside the box into the top corner.

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More On Yamal

Already owning a bunch of "youngest" records, the Barcelona starlet is now the youngest ever to score at the European Championship. He turns 17 on 13 July - one day before the final of Euro 2024, against England or the Netherlands.

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Who Scored The Winner?

Dani Olmo! The RB Leipzig star has not always been the first choice for Luis de la Fuente's Spain, a team replete with midfield maestro. But a start, and a goal.

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How Good Is Olmo?

Well, the 26-year-old from Terrassa, a city in Catalonia, has 11 goals in 38 outings in the Roja shirt - a real asset who had been directly involved in four of Spain's 11 goals, scoring twice and providing two assists before the semi-final, in Germany.

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That Injury

Captain Alvaro Morata was involved in a freak injury when a fan invaded the pitch to join Spain's win - a collision with the pursuing security guard.

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Any Other Incident?

Yes. Marc Cucurella, the tireless wing-back, was hounded by German fans the whole match. The Chelsea player was in the middle of a penalty/no-penalty storm which had a direct say in the hosts' elimination.

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The Big Record

Spain, the three-time champions, became the first side in the competition's history to win six matches in a single tournament -- beating Croatia, Italy and Albania, before taming Georgia, Germany and France.

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More On Olmo...

He is the first Spanish player to be involved in five or more goals at a single major tournament (three goals, two assists) since David Silva at Euro 2012 (2 goals, 3 assists).

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The Odds

Spain are now the favourites to win the Euro 2024, ahead of England, and the Netherlands. A win in Berlin on Sunday will make La Roja the most successful team in European Championship history.

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