Mikel Merino's header gave Spain the win into the semi-final
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Spain have become the first side to reach the semi-finals of the ongoing Euro 2024 championships.

A Mikel Merino thumping header in the final minute of extra time gave La Roja the winner in Stuttgart.

The 1-2 loss by Germany makes them the first hosts to exit the tournament at the quarter-final stage.

Hosts have exited either earlier or later than this stage in the history of the tournament.

Friday’s game at MHPArena served the pre-match hype as two of the tournaments favourites clashed.

Spain dominated play in the first few minutes, keeping the home fans sitting on tenterhooks.

A Nico Williams pull-out to Fabian Ruiz was roundly saved by Manuel Neuer.

After a goalless first half and a forced substitution of injured Pedri, Spain came into the second half more motivated, hitting the back of the net after just six minutes.

Dani Olmo scored in the 51st minute to put Spain on the path of victory.

Pressure from the Germans could not break the Spaniards until a couple of minutes to go when an inswinger was headed by Joshua Kimmich into the path of Florian Wirtz.

The Bayer Leverkusen striker, voted the best player in the Bundesliga last season, hit his ball straight into the goal.

That equaliser sent the match into extra-time much to the delight of the home fans.

With a couple of minutes to end the additional 30 minutes, substitute Merino headed in what became the dagger into German hearts.

Spain marched on and the Germans marched home.

They face the winner of the France-Portugal game.