July 15th, 2024

Merino last-gasp goal sends Spain to Euro 2024 semis after dramatic extra-time win over Germany


By Daniella Matar, The Associated Press on July 5, 2024.

Spain's head coach Luis de la Fuente gestures during a training session ahead of Friday's Euro 2024, quarter final soccer match against Germany in Donaueschingen, Germany, Thursday, July 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) – Substitute Mikel Merino headed Spain into the semifinals of the European Championship as they snatched a 2-1 win over Germany in extra time on Friday.

Florian Wirtz’s equalizer in the last minute of regulation time sent the intense quarterfinal to extra time.

Dani Olmo – who set up Merino’s winner – netted the opener early in the second half.

Spain defender Dani Carvajal was sent off late in extra time for a second yellow card and will be suspended for Tuesday’s semifinal against Portugal or France. Fellow defender Robin le Normand will also miss the match after picking up a booking.

The result ended the career of Germany’s Toni Kroos.

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AP Euro 2024: https://apnews.com/hub/euro-2024

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