July 15th, 2024

Wirtz’s last-gasp equalizer sends Germany and Spain into extra time in Euro 2024 quarterfinal


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) – Florian Wirtz’s last-gasp equalizer has sent Germany and Spain to extra time tied at 1-1 in their European Championship quarterfinal on Friday.

Spain was on the verge of eliminating the host of a major tournament for the first time in 10 attempts after substitute Dani Olmo’s strike early in the second half.

Olmo came on for a tearful Pedri in the eighth minute – the fastest replacement in Euros history – after the Spain youngster suffered from a couple of hefty challenges.

In a late onslaught, Nico Füllkrug hit the post before the leveler from fellow substitute Wirtz.

A number of players from both sides were booked and will be suspended if their team reaches Tuesday’s semifinal against Portugal or France.

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

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