Spain captain Alvaro Morata injured by security guard in chaotic scenes

Ben Sutton
7NEWS Sport
The superstar could now be in doubt for the European Championship final.

Spain captain Alvaro Morata could be in doubt for the European Championship final after he was clattered into by a security guard in the aftermath of Wednesday (AEST) morning’s semi-final.

Spain reached the final with a 2-1 victory over France with 16-year-old Lamine Yamal becoming the youngest-ever scorer at a major tournament.

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But there was a potentially disastrous moment during the celebrations.

Morata, who was subbed out in the 76th minute, joined teammates on the field after the final whistle went.

However, a pitch invader in Munich also tried to join in, which resulted in security rushing in to tackle the fan.

During the chaos, a security guard slipped over and cannoned into Morata’s leg. The star strike was immediately in discomfort and left limping.

Socceroos legend John Aloisi was shocked by what he saw.

“I’ve never ever seen that before,” he said on Optus sport.

Alvaro Morata was injured by a security guard during the post-match celebrations.
Alvaro Morata was injured by a security guard during the post-match celebrations. Credit: X

“It’ll be unfortunate, obviously, for Morata and Spain if he is out, but that’s horrible.”

“Look at him limp off ... but Morata did limp off after the first game and there was nothing wrong with him.

“So you don’t know with Morata if he wants a bit of attention but I hope he’s OK because you want him in the final.”

Spain, who are chasing a record fourth European Championship title, will play England or the Netherlands in Sunday’s final in Berlin.

France took an early lead on Tuesday when Randal Kolo Muani headed in a cross from Kylian Mbappe before Yamal’s moment of brilliance in the 21st minute.

Dani Olmo scored what was to prove the winner four minutes later.

“We are very close, just one more step to go. It is incredible what the team is doing. We deserve to be in the final, one step from glory,” Olmo said.

“It was unfortunate to fall behind but we didn’t give up. Lamine scored an unbelievable goal.”

There was surprise in Munich when Mbappe took to the field without the mask he has been wearing since getting his nose broken in France’s opening group game.

Mbappe had been complaining the mask was impeding him, and ditching it appeared to have an immediate effect as he created the game’s opening goal in the ninth minute with a tantalising cross to the back post that was headed in by Kolo Muani.

That was the first goal France had scored at Euro 2024 that wasn’t a penalty or an own goal.

But there was no stopping Yamal’s stunning equaliser as he became the youngest player ever to score at a men’s European Championship when he curled the ball past Mike Maignan and in off the left post from 25 yards.

And Spain turned the match around completely in the 25th minute when Olmo’s goalbound-shot was turned into his own net by France defender Jules Kounde.

France dominated possession in the second half but couldn’t make it count.

Theo Hernandez should have done better when he blazed a good chance over the bar late on, and Mbappe did similar with four minutes remaining.

Spain could have been further ahead between those chances as another powerful strike from Yamal flew narrowly over the crossbar.

“We knew they were a great team, and they proved it again tonight,” France coach Didier Deschamps said.

“Even though we were fortunate to open the scoring, Spain made things difficult for us.

“They were superior in terms of control and technique ... so they deserve to win tonight.”

- With AP

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