Spain's 16-year-old Lamin Yamal 'genius' in Euro record evening

Spain's 16-year-old Lamin Yamal 'genius' in Euro record evening


MUNICH – Spain coach Luis de la Fuente praised the team's “talent”. Lamin Yamal On Tuesday he became the youngest player to score at the Men's European Championship when he netted in Spain's 2-1 semi-final win against 2018 World Cup winners France.

Yamal, 16, cancelled Randall Kolo MuaniThe first goal for France was scored in the 21st minute from 25 metres at a speed of 102 km/h (60 mph). Mike Maignan,

Dani Olmo Spain hit back four minutes later with a second goal to book their place in Sunday's final against England or the Netherlands in Berlin.

“We have seen a talented player, the product of a talented player,” De la Fuente said in a press conference. “He is a player we have to take care of – my advice to him is to continue working with the same humility and keep his feet on the ground.

“He will keep growing, but at such a young age his maturity and attitude is already like that of a much more experienced player. We are lucky that he is Spanish and we can enjoy him for many more years.”

Yamal's first goal of the tournament — in which he also provided three assists — made him the youngest player to score at a men's Euro, at 16 years and 362 days. The previous youngest goal was scored by Swiss player Johann Vonlanthen (18 years, 141 days), who scored against France at Euro 2004.

It was the second significant record set by the Barcelona teenager in the final, having previously become the youngest player to play at a Euro Cup at the age of 16 years and 338 days when he started in Spain's Group B win over Croatia.

“I'm thrilled that we've reached the final, but we still haven't done the most important thing, which is to win,” said Yamal, who will turn 17 on Saturday, the eve of the final.

“We were in a difficult moment [when I scored]We didn't expect to concede so early. I was aiming for the top corner, where my shot went in and it was a feeling of pure joy.

“I don't think too much about what is happening. I just want to enjoy my game and help the team. I am here to win all the matches so that I can celebrate my birthday here in Germany with all my teammates.”

Yamal also replied to the French midfielder Adrien Rabiotwho said ahead of the game that the youngster will have to perform better than he has so far at Euro 2024 if he is to reach the final.

The Spain winger put up a cryptic social media post on Monday shortly after making those comments, in which he said: “Only speak when it’s time to say checkmate.”

When the final whistle blew for Spain's win over France at the Allianz Arena, Yamal said plainly to the cameras: “Speak now, speak now.”

Asked who the message was for, he said: “Whoever it was for, they'll know it was for them.”

Spain have won all six of their matches at the Euros, and their style of football has attracted praise, with their style being considered more admirable than the defensive tactics of pre-tournament favourites France and England.

“We try to give the players an idea, a model to follow and that's what makes us stronger,” said de la Fuente. “We want to get the best out of these players. Everyone has to do what they think their team can do.

“Our team has these characteristics, versatility, but basically the players we have allow us to do this. We know the players and that allows us to play in different ways.

“The idea of ​​football comes from agreeing with your ideas. It is not a coincidence. We want to play in the area the players are good at.”

De la Fuente also ruled out the possibility of the captain being injured. Alvaro Moratawho was pushed by a steward during the celebrations, said the striker would be fine for the final. Dani Carvajal And Robin Le Normand is also set to return from suspension.


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