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Yamal, 16, leads Spain's new generation to 3-0 win over Croatia at Euro 2024

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Yamal, 16, leads Spain's new generation to 3-0 win over Croatia at Euro 2024
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Yamal, 16, leads Spain's new generation to 3-0 win over Croatia at Euro 2024

2024-06-16 02:17 Last Updated At:02:21

BERLIN (AP) — Lamine Yamal became the youngest player to appear in a European Championship as Spain’s new generation brushed aside Croatia’s challenge 3-0 in their opening game on Saturday.

Yamal, aged 16 years, 338 days, also became the youngest to set up a goal at the tournament when he crossed for Dani Carvajal to score Spain’s third goal before the break.

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Spain's Lamine Yamal controls the ball during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

BERLIN (AP) — Lamine Yamal became the youngest player to appear in a European Championship as Spain’s new generation brushed aside Croatia’s challenge 3-0 in their opening game on Saturday.

Spain's Lamine Yamal controls the ball during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Spain's Lamine Yamal controls the ball during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Croatia's Luka Modric, left, follows Spain's Nacho during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Croatia's Luka Modric, left, follows Spain's Nacho during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Spain's Fabian Ruiz celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Spain's Fabian Ruiz celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Spain players celebrate after Dani Carvajal, back to camera, scored their side's third goal during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Spain players celebrate after Dani Carvajal, back to camera, scored their side's third goal during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Referee Michael Oliver talks with Croatia's Ivan Perisic during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Referee Michael Oliver talks with Croatia's Ivan Perisic during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Spain's Fabian Ruiz, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's second goal during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Spain's Fabian Ruiz, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's second goal during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Spain's Dani Carvajal celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (Sebastian Christoph Gollnow/dpa via AP)

Spain's Dani Carvajal celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (Sebastian Christoph Gollnow/dpa via AP)

Croatia's Lovro Majer reacts during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Croatia's Lovro Majer reacts during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Croatia's Luka Modric reacts as Spain's Dani Carvajal is congratulated after scoring his side's 3rd goal during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Croatia's Luka Modric reacts as Spain's Dani Carvajal is congratulated after scoring his side's 3rd goal during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Croatia players react at the end of a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. Spain won 3-0. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Croatia players react at the end of a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. Spain won 3-0. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Croatia's Mateo Kovacic, center, controls the ball during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Croatia's Mateo Kovacic, center, controls the ball during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Croatia supporters light flares as they cheer at the stand during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Croatia supporters light flares as they cheer at the stand during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Croatian players block the ball of a free kick during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Croatian players block the ball of a free kick during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Spain's Dani Carvajal, left, celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (Sebastian Christoph Gollnow/dpa via AP)

Spain's Dani Carvajal, left, celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (Sebastian Christoph Gollnow/dpa via AP)

Spain's Lamine Yamal dribbles the ball during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Spain's Lamine Yamal dribbles the ball during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

The 21-year-old Nico Williams starred on the other flank for Spain, which is going for its fourth European title.

Midfielder Fabián Ruiz scored one goal and set up the opener for captain Álvaro Morata in a dominant performance from the team in red.

Spain goalkeeper Unai Simón saved a penalty in the 80th from substitute Bruno Petković, who thought he scored when Ivan Perišić sent in the rebound. But the goal was ruled out after a VAR review as Perišić was too keen and encroached on the penalty area before Petković took the spot kick.

Defending champion Italy was playing Albania in the other Group B game later.

The Croatia fans, who greatly outnumbered their Spanish counterparts, tried rousing the team before the end at Berlin’s Olympiastadion, where the final will be played on July 14.

Hundreds gathered before the game near the Brandenburg Gate in the center of Berlin, and also at Breitscheidplatz in the west of the city, where they set off flares, waved flags, jumped up and down, and sang along to Croatian folk songs.

Croatian emigrants were among those who moved to Germany as so-called guest workers to help the country’s post-war economy and never returned. Germany also became home to many Croatian refugees who fled the country’s war of independence in the 1990s.

But it was a disappointing start to Euro 2024 from Zlatko Dalić's team. The Spanish players were faster, more committed, and cleverer. Last-ditch defending from Spain defenders Marc Cucurella and Nacho snuffed out any other danger.

Croatia star Luka Modrić, who played at Euro 2008 before Yamal was even born, was unable to assert his usual influence. The 38-year-old Modrić was given a warm embrace by Real Madrid teammates Nacho and Carvajal before the teams walked out onto the field, getting a kiss on the cheek from each.

When Modrić went off in the 65th, it was clear Dalić was already thinking of the next game.

Croatia plays Albania in Hamburg on Wednesday, while Spain faces Italy in Gelsenkirchen on Thursday.

AP Euro 2024: https://apnews.com/hub/euro-2024

Spain's Lamine Yamal controls the ball during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Spain's Lamine Yamal controls the ball during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Spain's Lamine Yamal controls the ball during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Spain's Lamine Yamal controls the ball during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Croatia's Luka Modric, left, follows Spain's Nacho during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Croatia's Luka Modric, left, follows Spain's Nacho during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Spain's Fabian Ruiz celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Spain's Fabian Ruiz celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Spain players celebrate after Dani Carvajal, back to camera, scored their side's third goal during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Spain players celebrate after Dani Carvajal, back to camera, scored their side's third goal during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Referee Michael Oliver talks with Croatia's Ivan Perisic during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Referee Michael Oliver talks with Croatia's Ivan Perisic during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Spain's Fabian Ruiz, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's second goal during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Spain's Fabian Ruiz, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's second goal during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Spain's Dani Carvajal celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (Sebastian Christoph Gollnow/dpa via AP)

Spain's Dani Carvajal celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (Sebastian Christoph Gollnow/dpa via AP)

Croatia's Lovro Majer reacts during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Croatia's Lovro Majer reacts during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Croatia's Luka Modric reacts as Spain's Dani Carvajal is congratulated after scoring his side's 3rd goal during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Croatia's Luka Modric reacts as Spain's Dani Carvajal is congratulated after scoring his side's 3rd goal during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Croatia players react at the end of a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. Spain won 3-0. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Croatia players react at the end of a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. Spain won 3-0. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Croatia's Mateo Kovacic, center, controls the ball during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Croatia's Mateo Kovacic, center, controls the ball during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Croatia supporters light flares as they cheer at the stand during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Croatia supporters light flares as they cheer at the stand during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Croatian players block the ball of a free kick during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Croatian players block the ball of a free kick during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Spain's Dani Carvajal, left, celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (Sebastian Christoph Gollnow/dpa via AP)

Spain's Dani Carvajal, left, celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (Sebastian Christoph Gollnow/dpa via AP)

Spain's Lamine Yamal dribbles the ball during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Spain's Lamine Yamal dribbles the ball during a Group B match between Spain and Croatia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

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Vikings receiver Jordan Addison arrested in California on suspicion of DUI

2024-07-16 00:18 Last Updated At:00:21

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jordan Addison has been arrested in California on suspicion of driving under the influence, the second straight year he has found trouble behind the wheel right before the beginning of training camp.

The Vikings said Monday they're aware of the incident and gathering more information but had no further comment.

According to the California Highway Patrol, an officer responded on Friday night to a report of a disabled vehicle blocking a lane on the westbound Interstate 105 exit to Sepulveda Boulevard that leads to Los Angeles International Airport. The officer found Addison asleep in the driver's seat of his white Rolls-Royce, conducted a DUI investigation and arrested him.

The 22-year-old Addison was released two hours later. No further information was immediately made available by the CHP. Addison's agent did not immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Drafted out of USC in the first round last year with the 23rd overall pick, Addison was arrested by the Minnesota State Patrol for excessive speeding and reckless driving after a late-night highway ride through St. Paul for which he was clocked at 140 mph in a 55 mph zone three days before he reported to his first training camp. Addison told the officer he was speeding home because his dog was having an emergency.

He later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, paid a fine and had his license revoked for six months. Addison told reporters before the team's first full practice: “I used poor judgment, and I made a really poor decision that I’ll definitely learn from.”

Addison thrived on the field in his first NFL season, appearing in all 17 games, with 911 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. He is the clear second option behind superstar Justin Jefferson, entering a transitional year for the Minnesota offense following the departure of quarterback Kirk Cousins. Vikings veterans report to training camp on Sunday.

The team has had a tough summer. Rookie cornerback Khyree Jackson died earlier this month in a car crash in Maryland that also killed two of his close friends.

AP NFL: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL

FILE - Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) walks off the field against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024. Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jordan Addison has been arrested in California on suspicion of driving under the influence, the second straight year he has found trouble behind the wheel right before the beginning of training camp. The Vikings said on Monday, July 15, they're aware of the incident and gathering more information but had no further comment.(AP Photo/Rick Osentoski, File)

FILE - Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) walks off the field against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024. Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jordan Addison has been arrested in California on suspicion of driving under the influence, the second straight year he has found trouble behind the wheel right before the beginning of training camp. The Vikings said on Monday, July 15, they're aware of the incident and gathering more information but had no further comment.(AP Photo/Rick Osentoski, File)

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