Spain Edges Germany in Thrilling Euro 2024 Quarter-Final Clash

In a gripping showdown at the Stuttgart Arena, Spain emerged victorious over hosts Germany in a dramatic Euro 2024 quarter-final match that culminated in a last-minute 2-1 win for the Spanish side.

The game, which kept fans on the edge of their seats until the 119th minute, saw substitute Mikel Merino become the hero for Spain. Merino rose to head home the winning goal from Dani Olmo’s cross, breaking the hearts of German fans who had hoped for a penalty shootout.

Spain had dominated much of the match, particularly in the first hour, but struggled to convert their chances until Olmo struck in the 51st minute with a precise shot that found the bottom corner. Despite their early lead, Spain faced a resilient German side under the guidance of coach Julian Nagelsmann, who made strategic substitutions to shift the momentum.

Germany’s equalizer came in the 89th minute courtesy of Florian Wirtz, who capitalized on Joshua Kimmich’s assist to force the game into extra time. With tensions high and both teams pushing for a decisive goal, Spain found themselves reduced to ten men after Dani Carvajal received a second yellow card for a foul on Jamal Musiala.

The match was marred by 38 fouls and 16 bookings as referee Anthony Taylor struggled to maintain control amidst the heightened emotions on the field. Germany’s hopes of a late comeback were dashed when their appeals for a penalty were dismissed by VAR, sealing Spain’s path to the semi-finals.

With this hard-fought win, Spain advances to face either Portugal or France in the semi-finals, keeping alive their quest for a record fourth European Championship title.

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