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Spain in the final after Lamal’s dream goal against France

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Germany’s conqueror Spain, led by Lamine Yamal, has also defeated France and now wants to be crowned the European Championship record winner. In a highly intensive semi-final showdown, the team of national coach Luis de la Fuente defeated the two-time title holder, led by Kylian Mbappé, who has now been freed from his face mask, 2-1 (2-1).

Spain is aiming for its fourth European Championship triumph after 1964, 2008 and 2012. In the final on Sunday in Berlin, the Spanish players, including the youngest European Championship goalscorer Yamal, who scored the equaliser in front of around 65,000 spectators in Munich at just 16 years and 362 days, do not want to be disenchanted by England or the Netherlands.

The French team’s opening goal by former Frankfurt player Randal Kolo Muani in the 9th minute did not particularly scare the Spaniards in summery Munich. Yamal with a fantastic curler (21st) and Leipzig’s Dani Olmo (25th) handed the Equipe Tricolore their first knockout defeat after 90 minutes since 2014. Back then, they were eliminated in the World Cup quarter-finals by eventual winners Germany (0:1).

If the thrilling and nerve-racking quarter-final between European Championship hosts Germany and Spain (1:2 after extra time) was the early final, what was this semi-final between the Iberians and France? It was also nothing less than an early final. A cracker with impressive goals and high intensity. Right from the start.

Mbappé appeared without a mask for the first time since breaking his nose in France’s opening match against Austria (1-0). The new Real Madrid star seemed to have been relieved of a burden and presented the 38-year-old Jesus Navas – one of three new players in La Roja’s starting line-up alongside Nacho and Leipzig’s Olmo – with a permanent task on the right side of the Spanish defense.

First the shot…EPA

Marc Cucurella had a nerve-wracking experience on the left side. The curly-haired full-back was booed audibly every time he touched the ball. Why? It had something to do with Germany’s elimination.

Many fans resented the Chelsea defender for his handball in the quarter-finals. Cucurella had been hit by a shot from Jamal Musiala on his hand, which was not directly next to his body. There was no penalty for this. Spanish fans reacted to the whistles and initiated several chants for Cucurella. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

But the first cheers belonged to France, who had struggled through the tournament with strong defensive performances and only scored three goals. Kolo Muani headed in a cross from Mbappé from five meters – it was the start of a racy evening of football.

The Spaniards countered with a brilliant moment from talented Yamal, whose dream goal from 25 meters hit the left inside post and landed in the goal of the powerless goalkeeper Mike Maignan.

…then the cheers: Lamine Yamal and the Spanish national team advance to the European Championship final.AFP

At 16, the FC Barcelona jewel replaced the Swiss Johan Vonlanthen as the youngest goalscorer at the European Championships. Vonlanthen was 18 years and 141 days old when he scored in Switzerland’s 3-1 loss to France in 2004. Yamal will turn 17 one day before the final in Berlin on Sunday (9 p.m./ARD and MagentaTV).

“I feel good, the team feels good. We want to send a clear message to our fans: namely that we have confidence and want to play well,” said Dani Olmo before the start of the giants’ duel.

The Leipzig player, who scored a goal and provided an assist against Germany and was the decisive player, also underlined his courageous statements on the pitch. A deflected cross from Jesus Navas landed at his feet in the box. Even France’s right-back Jules Koundé was unable to block the powerful shot just before the goal line. The French defense was unusually vulnerable.

Spain had the French largely under control even after the break. The Equipe Tricolore was particularly dangerous from set pieces. Headers from Aurélien Tchouaméni (53′) or Dayot Upamecano (63′) did not put goalkeeper Unai Simon under pressure. Mbappé’s shot (56′) from eight meters at the Spanish goalkeeper’s goal was a rare occurrence.

Didier Deschamps had to react. Finally, the Spaniard Antoine Griezmann arrived, who had left France at the age of 14, but this time had to sit on the bench to replace Ousmane Dembélé. But they couldn’t think of much else in attack. France hoped in vain for a brilliant moment from Mbappé.

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North Korea’s Threats Prompt Caution as South Korean Government Declines to Restrict Leaflet Scattering

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There is a possibility that North Korea will strike at the origins of leaflet scattering by domestic civic groups, but the government does not plan to request that the groups refrain from scattering leaflets.

A Ministry of Unification official met with reporters at the government complex in Seoul on the 25th and said about concerns about North Korea’s artillery attack, “In the past, North Korea has threatened to strike at the source of anti-North Korea leaflets, so I think the relevant groups are aware of that situation.”

When asked whether they would request self-restraint in scattering leaflets due to concerns about the possibility of artillery fire from North Korea, a Unification Ministry official responded, “This has already been reported and the groups themselves are probably well aware of it,” reaffirming their existing policy of not directly requesting self-restraint. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

Meanwhile, Minister of National Defense Shin Won-sik said in an interview with Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun the previous day, “Vice Department Director of the Workers’ Party of Korea Kim Yo-jong signaled a change in response in her statement on the 16th criticizing the scattering of leaflets by a South Korean civilian group,” and “There is a possibility that they will shoot down South Korean balloons used to scatter leaflets or fire or shell the bases from which the balloons are flying, so we are closely monitoring the situation.”
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Belgian Grand Prix 2024: Lando Norris regrets McLaren’s team orders row overshadowed Oscar Piastri’s maiden win

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Lando Norris says he is not proud that McLaren’s team orders drama at the Hungarian Grand Prix has overshadowed team-mate Oscar Piastri’s maiden Formula 1 victory.

The 24-year-old was pitted ahead of race leader Piastri during the final pit stops at the Hungaroring, placing him at the front of the field and Australian Piastri in second place.

After several radio messages between himself and his engineer Will Joseph, Norris finally obeyed the request to move aside with two laps remaining so Piastri could claim the win.

While the one-two finish was a moment to celebrate for McLaren, Norris says the intra-team row was something he has “not felt too proud about”.

He added: “Could it have been handled slightly differently from both a team side and from a personal side? Yes, absolutely. We wouldn’t be having this conversation now in some ways.”

Norris, who started on pole position but was overtaken by Piastri on the opening lap, said if the same situation happens again, the right thing to do will be to let his team-mate “pass straight away”.

“It’s such a stupid thing that I didn’t because we’re free to race,” he added. “I could just let him pass and still try to race and overtake him.

“It sounds so simple now, but it’s not something that went through my head at the time.” READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

Norris heads into this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix second in the drivers’ championship, but some critics felt his decision to give up a winning opportunity – even if it would have caused tension within the team – was something other top drivers would not have contemplated.

“Whether people on the outside think, and come up with their own stories, of what happened and what I would’ve done and wouldn’t have done – I don’t mind about that,” he said.

“The fact we had a one-two and that was barely a headline after the race – nothing was really spoken about it from that side – that’s the bit I felt worst about.

“But it’s the things that I could have done; the fact that I clouded over Oscar’s race win, his first race win in F1, is something I’ve not felt too proud about.”

Round 14 in Belgium is the final race before F1’s mid-season summer break.

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Zoos react to swine fever and bluetongue

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Until recently, Sabrina Linn thought it was out of the question that there would ever be a shortage of space because of the yellow-backed duiker. For years, the few zoos in Europe that housed two specimens of these endangered mammals each tried in vain to breed. And even now, after there were surprising and gratifying breeding successes in Frankfurt and Nuremberg this year, there is of course still no talk of overpopulation.

Nevertheless, the curator, who also keeps the international studbook for yellow-backed duikers, now has a problem with her four animals in Frankfurt Zoo. “We actually wanted to bring a female duiker to Berlin by September at the latest, where she would have more offspring,” says Linn, who points out the great time pressure in the fight to save the species. In addition, the enclosure of the female, which currently has to be housed alone, will soon be urgently needed for the okapis again.

Brush-eared pigs could be restricted

But now it is no longer possible to transport animals. The zoo is also affected by the current animal epidemics. Due to the new type of bluetongue virus and the lack of approval for a vaccine, transporting yellow-backed duikers is currently out of the question, even though there have been virtually no cases of the disease in zoos in recent years. “However, when transporting ungulates, we are still subject to the same rules that apply to grazing animals in order to contain the virus,” says Linn.

The swine fever that is rampant in southern Hesse is also having an impact. Three brush-eared pigs live in the zoo, and Linn expects strict regulations to be introduced soon. “Frankfurt is not yet part of the restriction zone, but that is probably only a matter of time. The wild boars are migrating and will reach our region as well.” There are emergency plans for this, which at least spare the pigs from having to be kept in stables. “As other federal states have already experienced swine fever, fortunately the restrictions have been relaxed in recent years,” says the curator. “We would only have to seal off the area where the animals are kept, which is quite easy for us because of the location of the enclosure.” READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

Caring for the animals: Curator Sabrina Linn with a yellow-backed duiker.Frankfurt Zoo/ Klaus Rudloff

The example shows that when epidemics break out in animal husbandry, things are not much different than in human society. “Just as we had to learn to deal with and live with Corona, the same is true in animal husbandry of the epidemics that are increasingly affecting us and keeping us busy. There is no other option than to act pragmatically,” says Linn. “Otherwise, at some point, disease control would restrict animal protection and impair animal welfare, for example by keeping wild animals in stables that are unacceptable.”

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