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De la Fuente praises ´touch of genius´ from Yamal in France triumph

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 10 Jul 2024

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Spain head coach Luis de la Fuente labelled Lamine Yamal’s goal as a “touch of genius” following their 2-1 triumph over France in the semi-finals of Euro 2024.

De la Fuente’s side came from a goal behind to book their place in Sunday’s final in Berlin, with Yamal starting the comeback with a fine effort from outside the area.

The 16-year-old became the youngest player to score a goal at a major tournament, a record previously held by Brazil’s Pele against Wales at the 1958 World Cup.

“We all know who he is. We need to take care of him,” de la Fuente said.

“I want him to work with the same humility, keep his feet on the ground in order to keep improving, learning with the same kind of attitude and that professionalism, that maturity that he shows on the pitch.

“He looks like a much more experienced player to be honest but fundamentally I celebrate that he’s in our team, that he’s Spanish and that we count on him and I hope we can enjoy him for years to come.”

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