Spain thrash Cyprus in 16-year-old Lamine Yamal's first start


Spain's coach praises Yamal but warns he 'must be prudent' for the future of his career

Spain's Luis de la Fuente talks about how to manage Barcelona's star Lamine Yamal's career potential.

Ferran Torres scored twice to help Spain earn a comfortable 6-0 win against bottom side Cyprus in a Euro 2024 Group A qualifier on Tuesday, with Barcelona prodigy Lamine Yamal becoming his country's youngest-ever starter aged 16 years and 61 days.

It was another record for Spain's Yamal, who had become his country's youngest international and goalscorer on Friday when he made his debut in a 7-1 win away to Georgia.

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He was once again electric on the right wing and created several opportunities before he was substituted early in the second half, including a curling shot that hit the post in the 39th minute. Álvaro Morata scored from the rebound, but the effort was ruled out by the VAR for offside.

Spain's first-half goals, however, came through assists by another talented young winger, Athletic Bilbao's 21-year-old Nico Williams.

Gavi opened the scoring for Spain in their Euro 2024 qualifying win over Cyprus.
Gavi opened the scoring for Spain in their Euro 2024 qualifying win over Cyprus.
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Gavi struck to give the Spain an early lead in the 18th minute and Mikel Merino headed in the second goal 15 minutes later, both from crosses by Williams, who had a shot from point-blank range denied by goalkeeper Joel Mall a little later.

Substitute Joselu scored the third with a header in the 70th minute and Torres, Álex Baena and Torres again finished off Spain's demolition job with close-range strikes.

Spain are second in Group A on nine points after four matches. They trail leaders Scotland by six points but have a game in hand.

"We made two well worked matches, we have been lucky enough to score a lot of goals which are important at the end of the group stage as a tie-breaker," defender Robin Le Normand told TVE.

"Those are games that seem easy but you have to be focused every minute on defence because your rival is waiting for that one opportunity to score.

"You could be there standing still for 60 minutes and than one ball comes and you have to stop it. We are going back home very happy."