Deschamps Calls Yamal’s Goal ‘Very Lucky’ as Spain Advances to Euro 2024 Final

Spain’s Young Star Shines Despite France Boss’s Critical Review

France manager Didier Deschamps described Lamine Yamal’s stunning goal as “very lucky” in a bitter post-match review after Spain reached the Euro 2024 final. France had taken an early lead through Randal Kolo Muani, but Yamal’s long-range strike equalized, and Dani Olmo’s goal secured Spain’s victory.

Yamal’s goal was a standout moment, with the 16-year-old midfielder finding the top corner from well outside the box. France’s goalkeeper Mike Maignan could do nothing as the ball hit the inside of the post and bounced into the net. Despite acknowledging the brilliance of the shot, Deschamps downplayed it as luck.

“His shot was magnificent,” said Deschamps. “He was very lucky, but we shouldn’t take away his credit. We gave him a little too much freedom. The Spanish have many good strikers outside the box.”

Yamal, who turns 17 this weekend, became the youngest player to score for his country at the Euros and the youngest to receive a Man of the Match award in a UEFA game after his performance against France.

Spain’s coach Luis de la Fuente praised Yamal’s contribution, likening it to watching a genius at work. “We have seen a genius, the product of a genius,” said de la Fuente. “He’s a player we have to take care of. I have to advise him to keep working with humility and keep his feet on the ground. He shows maturity and attitude beyond his years.”

Yamal will aim to shine again in the final on Sunday as Spain seeks its first European Championship title in 12 years. They will face either England or the Netherlands in Berlin, with Gareth Southgate’s team hoping to make history by reaching back-to-back Euro finals.

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