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Lamine Yamal sends brutal two-word message to Adrien Rabiot as feud escalates

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Adrien Rabiot appeared to question Lamine Yamal’s impact ahead of Spain’s clash with France on Tuesday night, but the 16-year-old had the last laugh by helping his nation reach the Euro 2024 final

Lamine Yamal appeared to tell Adrien Rabiot to “speak now”(Getty Images)

Spain wonderkid Lamine Yamal appeared to brutally tell Adrien Rabiot to “speak now” after helping his country beat France to reach the Euro 2024 final.

The 16-year-old wonderkid scored a stunning equaliser in the first-half of Tuesday night’s semi-final to help inspire his country to a memorable 2-1 comeback win over their European rivals. It was the perfect response from the teenager as, in the build-up to the clash, France midfielder Rabiot appeared to question Yamal’s impact at the Euros.

In a press conference, the French midfielder said: “If Lamine Yamal wants to play in the Euro final with Spain, he will have to do much more against us than he has done so far. “We will put pressure on him so that he is not comfortable.”

But the teenager hit back in style after another remarkable performance in which he became the youngest ever goalscorer in Euros history. After the full-time whistle, he headed straight for the TV cameras, and repeatedly said “speak now”. The two-word message appeared to be a dig at the Juventus star.

It was just one incident in a chaotic match that saw Spain overcome an early deficit to beat France and reach the final of Euro 2024. Yamal was the star of the show as he became the youngest scorer in European Championship history.

Yamal – at the tender age of 16 years and 362 days – struck a stunning equaliser and Dani Olmo quickly added what turned out to be the winner as Spain recovered from Randal Kolo Muani’s header to win 2-1 and book a date with England or the Netherlands in Sunday’s final.

Kolo Muani had headed France in front from close range but Les Bleus were upstaged by the Barcelona teenager, who turns 17 on Saturday.

The 16-year-old scored a stunning goal for Spain to help beat France(Getty Images)

It was a moment to cherish as Yamal jinked to his left then moved to his right, allowing space back on his left foot to beat Mike Maignan from 25 yards with a precise curling shot that went in off a post.

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