Euro 2024: Germany Set Unwanted Record After Quarter-final Defeat To Spain

Euro 2024: Germany Set Unwanted Record After Quarter-final Defeat To Spain

Hosts Germany set an unwanted record after losing 2-1 to Spain in the quarter-finals of Euro 2024 on Friday.

Mikel Merino scored the decisive goal in the 119th minute to send Germany out of the tournament.

The defeat means Germany are the first host nation to be eliminated at the quarter-final stage of the Euros.

Spain often threatened via the flanks and tricky wingers Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams, and the opening goal in the 51st minute was no exception.

Yamal found space wide on the right and was picked out by Alvaro Morata, with David Raum slow to close the winger down.

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Yamal played a clever low cutback across the edge of the penalty area and Olmo took the shot in stride first time, stroking it low into the far corner out of Manuel Neuer’s reach.

Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz finally netted an equalizer in the 89th minute, as he fired first time, in off the inside of the far post, leaving the keeper no real chance.

Olmo transitioned from scorer to creator, floating a cross from the left invitingly for fellow substitute Mikel Merino to head home on 119 minutes.

Full back Dani Carvajal later picked up a second yellow card and was sent off for a cynical last-second foul to halt a German attack in the build-up phase; he will miss the next round.

Spain will face either Portugal or France in the semifinals next Tuesday, July 9.

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