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Lamine Yamal dazzles as face of new Spain to validate overdue change at Euro 2024

A transformed Spain made a significant departure from their past achievements, highlighted by Lamine Yamal’s record-breaking feats in the Euro 2020 competition. Despite possessing only 47 percent of possession, Luis de la Fuente’s team displayed greater attacking prowess, scoring three goals. This marked a stark contrast to their recent World Cup exits, where their high pass counts often did not translate into goal-scoring intent.

Croatia, known for their resilience in tournaments, appeared uncharacteristically subdued. Despite fielding experienced players like Luka Modric, who became the oldest player in European Championships history, and deploying Ivan Perisic early as a substitute, they lacked their usual resilience.

Yamal, a fresh face in Spanish football, emerged as a standout at just 16 years old. His rapid rise, with minimal previous first-team experience, was unexpectedly accelerated. Debuting on such a grand stage, his performance at a venue renowned for speed athletes like Jesse Owens seemed fitting. Yamal’s abilities include deftly evading opponents and showcasing a refined left foot, reflecting both his speed and skill.

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