LAMINE YAMAL EXPLAINS BRUTAL BLAST AT FRANCE RIVAL MOMENTS AFTER REACHING EUROS FINAL

Spain star Lamine Yamal indicated the target of his words after the Euro 2024 semi-final victory over France will know who they are, stopping short of calling out rival Adrien Rabiot by name.

Yamal, who became the youngest scorer in Euros history when he netted against Les Bleus, was told by opponent Rabiot before the game that he would need to up his game to reach the final. After Spain's victory, Yamal's "Speak now" reply was thought to be aimed at the Frenchman,

Barcelona teenager Yamal had fired home a stunning equaliser after Randal Kolo Muani gave France an early lead in Munich. Dani Olmo completed the turnaround, scoring in back-to-back Euros games after his goal against Germany in the quarters.

Spain will go on to face England or the Netherlands in Sunday's final in Berlin. Before then, though, Yamal was invited to clarify his comments - made down the camera when Spain's victory was confirmed.

"Well, the person that I am talking about, this person will know who this person is," Yamal told reporters. "And I'm just really happy about reaching the final and really happy about my team."

Before the game, Rabiot had 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.”

Yamal's goal saw him break a 20-year Euros record. Johan Vonlanten had previously been the youngest player to net in the competition back in 2024 at the age of 18, but the Barcelona star is more than a year younger than the Swiss starlet was when he netted against France.

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After the match, Spain boss Luis de la Fuente outlined his pride in the victorious players. “We are very happy, the happiness was already great to get here but now it is much greater," he said. "I feel a lot of pride for these players, they are exceptional, they know how to play and read the games in an extraordinary way.

“We have returned Spanish football to where it belongs. We have to value what these players are doing. We want to continue making history, we don’t want to relax, we have to stay focused to face the final in Berlin.

"It doesn’t matter who the opponent is [on Sunday], we’ve already seen the journey we’ve had in this European Championship. They are two great rivals and we are waiting for them with open arms. We want to win the final.”

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