Spain’s “Wonder Kid” Ramin Yamal scored his second goal of the match.
Spain defeated Cyprus 3-1 at the Alphamega Stadium in Cyprus on Sunday (July 17) in the ninth match of Group A of the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifiers. With the three points, Spain maintains a two-point lead over second-place Scotland. They have already qualified for the knockout stages.
Spain took the lead through Yamal in the fifth minute of the first half. After receiving a pass from José Lu on the left side of the penalty area, Yamal beat the outstretched goalkeeper, evaded a defender’s tackle, and fired a left-footed shot into the back of the net. It was a calm finish that belied his youth.
Having taken the lead, Spain added two more goals in the first half to drive a wedge. In the 22nd minute, Mikel Oyarzabal headed home a ball from the left side of the box. In the 28th minute, José Lu added a third goal, sliding in a corner kick from Oyarzabal. Spain conceded a late goal in the 29th minute when Kostas Pilea found space in the back of the defense, but held on for the win without conceding another.
Born in 2007, Yamal has been a revelation this year. He’s been called the next Ronaldinho because of his quick feet and fancy technique. He’s a “crazy talent” who also has an excellent two-footed kick.
He’s only just broken into the Barcelona first team, but he’s already broken records for being the youngest player to make the Spanish national team. At Barcelona, he made the youngest appearance in La Liga history (16 years and 38 days) and the youngest assist (16 years and 45 days). 보스토토
After earning his first call-up to the Spanish national team in September, he scored his debut goal almost immediately. He became the youngest player to make an appearance for the Spanish national team and the youngest to score a goal when he came on as a substitute in the 44th minute against Georgia. At 16 years, 57 days, he became the third youngest player to score an A-match goal, joining Sam Johnston (Northern Ireland, 15 years, 160 days) and Horvat Hosszep (Hungary, 16 years, 12 days) in 1992. He also set a new record for Spain’s youngest starter when he started against Cyprus on September 13.
Yamal’s performances in Euro qualifying have exceeded expectations and he will be looking forward to the main event. He’s been getting regular playing time for Barcelona this season, so his development is likely to continue. He will be one of the players to watch out for at the Euros next summer.