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Spain vs France - Euro 2024 semi-final: Live score, team news and updates as European giants clash in bid to make the final against England or Netherlands

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By Harry Bamforth

Published: 17:00 BST, 9 July 2024 | Updated: 18:56 BST, 9 July 2024

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Mbappe vs Navas

This individual battle could be key tonight.

38-year-old Jesus Navas can expect one of the toughest nights of his career this evening if Kylian Mbappe is on it.

Yes, Navas does have pace, but certainly not as much as he used to.

The French winger has struggled this tournament, though, his mask is causing him all sorts of trouble.

He will be licking his licks at the prospect of tonight, though.

 Kylian Mbappe of France plays the ball during the UEFA EURO 2024 quarter-final match between Portugal and France at Volksparkstadion on July 5, 2024 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian El-Saqqa - firo sportphoto/Getty Images)

 Jesus Navas of Spain celebrates the victory after the UEFA EURO 2024 round of 16 match between Spain and Georgia at Cologne Stadium on June 30, 2024 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian El-Saqqa - firo sportphoto/Getty Images)

'Too hard to call'

Aadam Patel, Mail Sport, in Munich:

This one promises to be a hell of a spectacle. Of the past 13 World Cup and Euros finals, nine have featured either France or Spain. Of course, that will become 10 out of 14 tonight. It's too hard to call.
Spain, undeniably the best football side in the tournament so far but France have all the experience and know-how in recent times.
The atmosphere around town has been beautiful all day. It was 30 degrees earlier and scorching but that has cooled down now so hopefully we get a brilliant game between two top sides.

French turning the Allianz BLUE

The French presence in Munich is certainly outdoing the Spanish.

Thousands of France fans have already packed themselves into the Allianz Arena.

They aren't just admiring the turf either, they are setting the scene in what is set to be a loud night.

The atmosphere is already ramping up.

Soccer Football - Euro 2024 - Semi Final - Spain v France - Munich Football Arena, Munich, Germany - July 9, 2024  France fans inside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

 Fans of France, wearing face paint and fancy dress, react as they pose for a photo on the inside of the stadium prior to the UEFA EURO 2024 Semi-Final match between Spain and France at Munich Football Arena on July 09, 2024 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

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France arrive at the Allianz

It just got real!

Kylian Mbappe has arrived at the Allianz arena alongside his French teammates ahead of tonight's crunch match.

It's fair to say, they look like they mean business. Not a smile in sight.

They've been here before, they know what it takes.

 Kylian Mbappe of France arrives at the stadium prior to during the UEFA EURO 2024 Semi-Final match between Spain and France at Munich Football Arena on July 09, 2024 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Joosep Martinson - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

 Didier Deschamps, Head Coach of France, looks on as he arrives at the stadium prior to the UEFA EURO 2024 Semi-Final match between Spain and France at Munich Football Arena on July 09, 2024 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Joosep Martinson - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

 Olivier Giroud of France arrives at the stadium prior to the UEFA EURO 2024 Semi-Final match between Spain and France at Munich Football Arena on July 09, 2024 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Joosep Martinson - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

'22 years separate Navas and Yamal'

Aadam Patel, Mail Sport, in Munich:

Just the 22 years separate Jesus Navas (38) and Lamine Yamal (16) who both start down the right for Spain tonight. Navas is actually older than Yamal’s dad, Mounir, whose Instagram handle is hustle_hard_304. Well worth a look.

Attack vs Defence

One team scores, the other stifles.

Spain's attacking fluidity in this tournament has been something to just sit back and admire.

They have netted the most goals of any team this tournament, netting 11 in five matches, so far.

But they may find it tougher to hit the net tonight.

They are up against the toughest defence in Euro 2024, France.

Didier Deschamps' side are very sturdy at the back, they have only conceded once all tournament.

Who will come out on top in the battle?

Spain Team News - Olmo STARTS

Well, I was right about Dani Olmo!

I mean, I'm pretty sure everybody expected Olmo to be named as Pedri's replacement tonight.

Jesus Navas and Nacho Fernandez are the other two changes to the side that beat Germany on Friday.

Alvaro Morata also keeps his place despite all the drama!

Ain't no first rodeo!

These two teams certainly have a history.

Spain and France have met on six serious occasions at major tournaments.

It's fair to say, it's rarely a boring clash...

Why do I say that? well, these results will show you just what I mean:

  • Euro 1984 final: France 2-0 Spain
  • Euro 1996 group stage: France 1-1 Spain
  • Euro 2000 QF: France 2-1 Spain
  • World Cup 2006 last 16: France 3-1 Spain
  • Euro 2012 QF: Spain 2-0 France

 Cesc Fabregas of Spain and Yohan Cabaye of France challenge during the UEFA Euro 2012 Quarter Final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Stewart Kendall/Sportsphoto/Allstar via Getty Images)

Why is Morata causing chaos?

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Look, it's completely understandable why Spaniards are so upset with Alvaro Morata over his comments yesterday.

When the country has one of its biggest matches in recent history coming up, you want the preparation to be smooth sailing.

And while although I agree that his comments are ill-timed, it makes sense why he made them.

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Morata is yet to taste defeat while wearing the armband for his country and is expected to lead the line on Tuesday in what is arguably the country's biggest match in over a decade.

The Morata madness

Spain's preparations have not been the smoothest, that's for sure.

When your captain comes out swinging, saying he's not 'respected', it's sure to shake the camp.

Well, that's exactly what Alvaro Morata has done...

The striker went to the Spanish press on Monday to share his discontent at the lack of respect he gets in Spain.

In turn, he has stated that he will likely retire from international football upon the conclusion of Euro 2024.

It's fair to say, these comments have not gone down well in Spain.

They will surely forgive him if he scores tonight, though?

Soccer Football - Euro 2024 - Quarter Final - Spain v Germany - Stuttgart Arena, Stuttgart, Germany - July 5, 2024 Spain's Alvaro Morata reacts REUTERS/Heiko Becker

Didier Deschamps: 'Spain have been the best team'

Didier Deschamps, France manager, speaking on Monday:

Spanish teams always have the ability to have a strong midfield. Pedri is not there, but they have the ability to help their team maintain control of the match. This makes them a tough team.
Rodri, especially, is a player who is the backbone of Spain. But it's all of them in Spain, everything they've been doing since the beginning of the tournament. I don't want to put pressure on them, but they have been the best team in this European Championship and that's the impression I have.

 Didier Dechamps, Head Coach of France, speaks during press conference ahead of the UEFA EURO 2024  semi-final match between Spain and France at Munich Football Arena on July 08, 2024 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Jasmin Walter - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Luis de la Fuente: 'We try to play nice football'

Luis de la Fuente, Spain boss, speaking on Monday:

In principle, what you try to do is to prepare a game plan that will help you win. Of course, you have an idea - if we talk about the show or whatever, we are talking about a model, an idea and maybe our idea is closer to a nice show, a nice spectacle - if we do it right. In that respect, I think we are a nice team to watch.
But in the end, it's about winning, and even more so at this stage. We try to play nice football, but we want to play practical football too because what you will analyse later and assess later is the result.
Our players have recovered well. There's tension, of course, and stress. Our players will need to overcome certain moments physically. France are one of the most physical teams in the tournament but we know how to play them. We will try to impose our strengths.

 Luis de la Fuente, Head Coach of Spain, speaks during press conference ahead of the UEFA EURO 2024 semi-final match between Spain and France at Munich Football Arena on July 08, 2024 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Jasmin Walter - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Will Spain cope without Pedri?

Speaking of team news, Luis de la Fuente has some big calls to make tonight.

One of those is in regards to replacing Pedri. I don't envy him on this one.

The Barcelona man picked up a knee injury after just eight minutes in their quarter-final against Germany.

You could hear the groans all the way from Spain when he started rolling around on the floor.

It was obvious straight away that he would be out for a while.

Can they cope without him? I believe so.

Dani Olmo was given the task of replacing him, and my word did he deliver for the Spanish.

He netted the opener in that match, and then sent in a delightful cross for Mikel Merino to dramatically head home in the 119th minute.

Surely, De la Fuente will turn to Olmo tonight?

 Pedri of Spain reacts on the pitch with a injury after a challenge by Toni Kroos of Germany (not pictured) during the UEFA EURO 2024 quarter-final match between Spain and Germany at Stuttgart Arena on July 05, 2024 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Alex Caparros - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

France's LEAKED line-up

It seems France's line-up has been leaked...

The French have had troubles with leaks this tournament, and they have yet again.

French media outlet, RMC Sport, have revealed the 11 players they understand will start tonight.

So, here they are:

France LEAKED XI: Maignan; Koundé, Upamecano, Saliba, Hernandez; Kanté, Tchouameni, Rabiot; Dembélé, Kolo Muani, Mbappe

Is this team strong enough to win?

 Photo by Hollandse Hoogte/Shutterstock (14544200c) DUSSELDORF - Front row (l-r) Jules Kounde of France, Antoine Griezmann of France, N'Golo Kante of France, Ousmane Dembele of France, Kylian Mbappe of France. Back row (l-r) Marcus Thuram of France, Theo Hernandez of France, Adrien Rabiot of France, Dayot Upamecano of France, France goalkeeper Mike Maignan, William Saliba of France during the UEFA EURO 2024 group D match between Austria and France at the Esprit Arena on June 17, 2024 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Austria v France, UEFA EURO 2024 - 17 Jun 2024

Adrien Rabiot: Griezmann's poor form a 'surprise'

Adrien Rabiot, France midfielder, speaking about Antoine Griezmann on Monday:

It is a surprise because we know what he is capable of, what he did at the last World Cup. I don’t know how to explain the tough time he is going through now. We have high expectations when it comes to Antoine.
How are we going to win without the best Antoine? We have a high-level team and it is a team sport. If someone is having a rough patch then, fine; we are there to support them.
But of course, it would be easier if we had the Antoine and the Kylian, which hasn’t been the case. Although we are maybe having trouble, we have reached the semi-final. Antoine’s and Kylian’s legs are not as fresh as they could be but we have 100% faith in them. We know they can change the game at any point. We will need them if we are to get to the final.

Soccer Football - Euro 2024 - Group D - Netherlands v France - Leipzig Stadium, Leipzig, Germany - June 21, 2024 France's Antoine Griezmann reacts after missing a chance to score REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

Griezmann to be dropped?

Now this is massive news.

According to reports in France, Antoine Griezmann is set to be benched by Didier Deschamps this evening.

Griezmann has been a pivotal part of the French's success in recent years, so for him to be dropped would be a big surprise.

But should it be?

While he has started four of their five games this tournament, Griezmann has struggled to impress.

With their attacking shortcoming this tournament, Deschamps did need to switch it up. It looks like he will be.

Who will come in though?

I suspect Ousmane Dembele will come in on the right of the French attack in a system change.

Dembele was bright when he came on against Portugal, so it would make a lot of sense.

 Antoine Griezmann of France  looks on during the UEFA EURO 2024 round of 16 match between France and Belgium at Düsseldorf Arena on July 01, 2024 in Dusseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Edith Geuppert - GES Sportfoto/Getty Images)

Time flies

I saw this tweet and simply had to share it.

The story of Lamine Yamal is sensational. It also shows that you can do a lot in a year.

Within the space of 12 months, he has gone from playing France at Under 17s level, to now in a European Championship semi-final.

Well, if he gets picked that is.

What were you doing at 16? I was consuming Yazoo's and Haribo's as my lunch on a daily basis.

I still do that, to be honest.

Alan Shearer: 'Such a tough game to call'

Alan Shearer, former England captain, predicting the outcome of Spain vs France via Betfair:

Such a tough game to call. France have been nowhere near what we expect from them but they're still in the semi-finals. Spain have been the best team in the tournament and they've shown great intent, playing wonderful football. [Nico] Williams and [Lamine] Yamal are outstanding.
I'm going to go with France. They defend deep and are a really solid defensive unit. I think they may just pip it. I can see both semi-finals going to penalties.

Friendly atmosphere

The French and the Spanish seem to be getting along.

In the hours before kick-off, fans of both sides have been gathering in Munich's city centre to get in the spirit for tonight's match.

Sometimes in football, this can cause problems, but not today. The love is being shared between the countries.

They are neighbours after all...

Although, my neighbor and I don't always see eye-to-eye.

Soccer Football - Euro 2024 - Fans gather for Spain v France - Munich, Germany - July 9, 2024 Fans gather at Marienplatz ahead of the match REUTERS/Leonhard Simon

Soccer Football - Euro 2024 - Fans gather for Spain v France - Munich, Germany - July 9, 2024 Spain fans gather at Marienplatz ahead of the match REUTERS/Leonhard Simon

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Soccer Football - Euro 2024 - Fans gather for Spain v France - Munich, Germany - July 9, 2024 France fan poses for a photograph with a baguette at Marienplatz ahead of the match REUTERS/Leonhard Simon

How did France get here?

France's road to Munich has not been quite as smooth as Spain's.

Didier Deschamps' side have certainly rode their luck on several occasions this tournament. They won't care, though.

They were beaten to top spot in Group D by Austria, finishing on five points. Not many predicted that, that's for sure.

Their attacking struggles then continued into the last 16, and then the quarter-finals. But yet again, it didn't matter.

So, let's look back at their results:

  • MD1: Austria 0-1 France
  • MD2: Netherlands 0-0 France
  • MD3: France 1-1 Poland
  • LAST 16: France 1-0 Belgium
  • QF: Portugal 0-0 France (France win 5-3 on penalties)

 Theo Hernandez of France takes a penalty during the UEFA EURO 2024 quarter-final match between Portugal and France at Volksparkstadion on July 05, 2024 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

 Theo Hernandez of France (obscured) celebrates scoring the team's fifth and winning penalty in the penalty shoot out with teammates during the UEFA EURO 2024 quarter-final match between Portugal and France at Volksparkstadion on July 05, 2024 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Spain's path to the last four

So, how did Spain get here then?

It's fair to say, they have been the best team in this tournament, so far. They have truly deserved their spot in the semi-finals.

They cruised through the group stage, getting past the likes of Croatia and Italy with relative ease.

The knockout stages may have proved tougher - more dramatic too - but their freight train has not slowed down.

Let's have a look at all five of their results:

  • MD1: Spain 3-0 Croatia
  • MD2: Spain 1-0 Italy
  • MD3: Albania 0-1 Spain
  • LAST 16: Spain 4-1 Georgia
  • QF: Spain 2-1 Germany (AET)

 Mikel Merino of Spain celebrates scoring his team's second goal with teammates during the UEFA EURO 2024 quarter-final match between Spain and Germany at Stuttgart Arena on July 05, 2024 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Soccer Football - Euro 2024 - Round of 16 - Spain v Georgia - Cologne Stadium, Cologne, Germany - June 30, 2024 Spain's Fabian Ruiz celebrates scoring their second goal with Alvaro Morata and teammates REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

La Roja against Les Bleus

This match feels like it has the makings of a classic.

Yes, Tyson Fury’s fight with Oleksandr Usyk was nearly two months ago now, but the heavyweights are truly back in action tonight.

You have Spain who have been awoken by boss Luis de la Fuente from their slumber. His young team have breathed life, and hope, back into Spanish international football.

Then there is France. Despite being largely underwhelming this tournament, under Didier Deschamps they just know how to get the job done.

The two sides have differing styles, but both have the same goal.

It’s set up to be a cracker.

 Mikel Merino of Spain celebrates after scoring his teams second goal with Álvaro Morata of Spain during the UEFA EURO 2024 quarter-final match between Spain and Germany at Stuttgart Arena on July 5, 2024 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Alex Gottschalk/DeFodi Images/DeFodi via Getty Images)

Soccer Football - Euro 2024 - Quarter Final - Portugal v France - Hamburg Volksparkstadion, Hamburg, Germany - July 5, 2024 France's Kylian Mbappe celebrates with teammates after winning the penalty shootout REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

Battle to reach Berlin

Tonight is a night where dreams will be made, and they will also be destroyed.

The European Championship has got to that stage where there is simply no messing about anymore. It’s crunch time.

Two giant footballing nations, steeped in rich footballing history, are about to do battle in Munich for a spot in the Euro 2024 final on Sunday.

Will it go to Spain and Luis de la Fuente’s scintillating young side? Or will the ever-pragmatic French make another major tournament final?

It’s a match that you simply don’t want to miss.

Soccer Football - Euro 2024 - Semi Final - Spain v France - Munich Football Arena, Munich, Germany - July 9, 2024 France fans pose for a photograph outside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Leonhard Simon

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