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Spain Wins and Eliminates Germany from the Euro 2024

Spain vs Germany Euro 2024

Spain faced a scare after conceding a last-minute equalizer, but ultimately triumphed in extra time to secure a 2-1 victory over Germany on Friday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Euro 2024. Dani Olmo scored early in the second half, and Merino netted the decisive goal 14 minutes into the second period of extra time. Germany’s lone goal came in the 43rd minute of regulation time.

This win sees the Fury advancing from what was dubbed an ‘early final’ in the tournament. They now await another highly anticipated match between Portugal and France, occurring later on Friday. The semifinal clash is scheduled for next Tuesday (9) at 4 PM (Brasília time).

Meanwhile, the German team bids farewell to their hopes of reclaiming the Eurocup title and could see Spain take the lead as the competition’s most successful nation. Germany, who last lifted the trophy in 1996, holds three titles—the same number as Spain.

Spain Euro 2024. Credit: BSR Agency/Alamy Live News

Spain and Germany deliver a balanced clash in the Euro 2024 quarterfinals

Packed with anticipation as two strong teams faced off, the match between Germany and Spain saw a first half characterized by few opportunities but plenty of quality.

Spain demonstrated a sharper edge and posed more threats to Germany’s goal, relying on Neuer to keep the net unbreached. On the opposite end, the Eagles managed to dominate ball possession, cooling down the Fury, yet without many threats to Unai Simón’s goal.

With a spot in the Euro Cup semifinals at stake, both Spaniards and Germans spared no effort in marking, coming in stronger in a few plays. One of these occurred just five minutes in, when Kroos tackled Pedri, forcing the Spanish midfielder to be replaced by Dani Olmo.

Spanish fans didn’t have to lament the departure of Barcelona’s midfielder for long. Just six minutes into the second half, Lamine Yamal weaved through the right flank, passing to the edge of the box. Dani Olmo emerged unmarked to strike the ball first time, opening the score for Spain against Germany.

Following the goal, Germany began applying pressure on Spain and grew into the game. Unai Simón made a spectacular save from an Andrich shot at the 24th minute, and a few minutes later, the post saved the Fury from a Füllkrug attempt at the 31st minute.

As the match neared its closing stages, the encounter started taking on a dramatic tone with the host nation’s mounting pressure on the Spaniards.

Germany’s persistence was rewarded at the 43rd minute when Mittelstädt reached the goal line and crossed for Kimmich, whose touch found Wirtz. The young player finished first-time, with the shot glancing off the post before finding the net, sending the Stuttgart stadium into ecstasy.

During extra time, both Spain and Germany began to feel the toll of the intense match.

As the match seemed destined for a penalty shootout, Dani Olmo delivered a precise cross to Merino, who headed the ball into the top corner past Neuer, securing Spain’s spot in the Euro 2024 semifinals and knocking Germany out on their home turf.

Toni Kroos (GER) plays the ball forward Credit: Action Plus Sports/Alamy Live News

Spain vs Germany – Euro 2024 Quarterfinal

Stadium: Arena Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany.
Spain: Unai Simón; Carvajal (Le Normand), Nacho Fernández, Laporte, Cucurella; Rodri, Pedri (Dani Olmo), Fabián Ruiz (Joselu); Lamine Yamal (Ferrán Torres), Nico Williams (Oyarzabal), Morata (Merino). Coach: Luis de la Fuente.
Germany: Neuer; Kimmich, Rüdiger, Jonathan Tah (Thomas Müller), Raum (Mittelstädt); Emre Can (Andrich), Kroos, Sané (Wirtz), Gündogan (Füllkrug), Musiala; Havertz (Anton). Coach: Julian Nagelsmann.
Goals: Spain – Dani Olmo (06 min/2nd half), Merino (14 min/2nd extra time); Germany – Wirtz (43 min/2nd half).

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