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Five talking points as Spain reach Euro 2024 final with comeback win over France

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SPAIN 2-1 FRANCE: Goals from Lamine Yamal and Dani Olmo saw Spain fight back from going behind to Randal Kolo Muani’s header and reach their first major tournament final for 12 years

Spain have reached the final of Euro 2024 after beating France(Boris Streubel – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Spain have booked their place in the final of Euro 2024 with a comeback win over France in the semi-finals.

France took the lead when Randal Kolo Muani headed in a brilliant cross from Kylian Mbappe after just nine minutes. But their defence was broken down 12 minutes later when Lamine Yamal curled in a fantastic long-rang strike to become the youngest goalscorer in the history of the European Championships.

Four minutes later, Dani Olmo brought down a rebound superbly before taking the ball away from Aurélien Tchouaméni and firing a shot towards the far post which an unlucky Jules Kounde turned into his own net.

France boss Didier Deschamps made three changes just after the hour mark, but his side failed to break down a solid Spanish defence. La Roja ultimately held on to win as they settled for a 2-1 scoreline, ensuring they have reached a final of a major tournament for the first time since Euro 2012. Here, Mirror Football rounds up the biggest talking points from the game.

Too little, too late from Mbappe

We have waited all tournament to see the best of Kylian Mbappe as he struggled through injury. As well as a back issue, the superstar broke his nose in France’s first game, forcing him to play with a protective mask up to now.

The France captain ditched it for this semi-final clash and immediately looked much brighter. Just nine minutes in, he found space before delivering an inch-perfect cross to Randal Kolo Muani who headed in the opener.

With Spain right-back Jesus Navas on a yellow-card after just 13 minutes, the stage looked set for Mbappe to finally arrive. That didn’t quite happen though, with Spain deploying a strategy of doubling up on the Real Madrid star, which kept him from making a sizeable impact.

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