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16-year-old Spaniard Lamine Yamal becomes the youngest scorer in Euro history with an incredible goal against France

Lamine Yamal became the youngest scorer in European Championship history with an incredible 21st-minute goal in Spain’s 2-1 win over France on Tuesday.

The 16-year-old Yamal took the ball in the final third of the pitch and calmly prepared for a left-footed shot that flew over French goalkeeper Mike Maignan, bounced off the inside of the left post and into the net.

Yamal’s goal broke the record set by Swiss Johan Vonlathen in 2004. Vonlathen was 18 years and 141 days old when he scored against France. Vonlathen’s goal came just four days after England’s Wayne Rooney set the record for youngest goal scorer. Yamal, meanwhile, turns 17 on July 13.

Even before scoring, the budding Barcelona star has played a key role for Spain at Euro 2024. He has featured in all six of Spain’s matches so far, starting five of them. He provided an assist in the tournament’s opening game against Croatia and has assists in each of Spain’s first two knockout matches.

Yamal’s goal levelled the semi-final at 1-1, after Frenchman Randal Kolo Muani had opened the scoring. Shortly after Yamal scored, French defender Jules Kounde deflected the ball into the net from Dani Olmo in the penalty area, giving Spain a 2-1 lead for good in the 25th minute.