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Spanish delight, German heartbreak in Stuttgart!

IN a night of high drama that will be etched in European football history, Spain delivered a knockout blow to Germany’s Euro 2024 hopes, sending shockwaves through the Stuttgart Arena and beyond. The pulsating quarter-final clash, which seemed destined for penalties, was dramatically decided in the dying embers of extra time, leaving the host nation in unprecedented despair.

As the clock ticked past the 119th minute, substitute Mikel Merino rose like a phoenix from the ashes of a gruelling battle, meeting Dani Olmo’s pinpoint cross with a thunderous header that silenced the partisan crowd. The late Spanish surge not only secured a nail-biting 2-1 victory but also rewrote the tournament’s annals, marking the first time a host nation has fallen at the quarter-final hurdle.

The match was a cauldron of emotions, with referee Howard Webb dishing out cards like confetti – 20 yellows and a red – in a testament to the fierce competition. Spain’s jubilation was tempered by the knowledge that key players Dani Carvajal, Robin Le Normand, and Alvaro Morata will miss the semi-final due to suspensions.

Germany’s swansong was equally poignant, as the legendary Toni Kroos bowed out of international football with a final, fateful free-kick that sailed wide, symbolizing the end of an era for Die Mannschaft.

As Spain marches on with their perfect record intact, they’ve not only conquered Germany but have become the first Spanish side to vanquish a host nation in Europe’s premier football spectacle. The road to glory continues, with either Portugal or France awaiting in the semi-finals, but for now, Spanish ecstasy reigns supreme over German heartbreak in Stuttgart.

By The African Mirror

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