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Spain sweat over Alvaro Morata’s fitness after freak injury | 3News

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Spain’s Euro 2024 final hopes have been clouded by a bizarre incident involving striker and captain Alvaro Morata.

Following their dramatic 2-1 victory over France in the semi-final, Morata was celebrating with his teammates when a pitch invader approached him for a selfie. Security personnel intervened, but one guard slipped and collided with Morata’s knee.

Footage shows Morata in visible discomfort, limping and clutching his knee. The celebratory mood quickly turned to concern, with the Atletico Madrid forward appearing troubled throughout the post-match festivities.

“We have to wait and see tomorrow,” said a cautious Spain manager Luis de la Fuente. “We believe it’s nothing serious, but it hurts him.”

This incident adds to UEFA’s woes regarding pitch invaders during the tournament. Similar disruptions occurred during Portugal’s match and even involved Kylian Mbappé. UEFA responded by tightening security measures, but this latest incident highlights the ongoing challenge.

Morata has been instrumental for Spain throughout Euro 2024, featuring in all six games and scoring once. His potential absence for the final would be a significant blow to La Roja’s aspirations.

Spain now awaits the winner of the England vs. Netherlands clash, scheduled for Wednesday. Their path to the final wasn’t without challenges, as they had to overcome an early French goal by Randal Kolo Muani. However, Spain responded through a wonder strike from teenager Lamine Yamal and a winner by Dani Olmo.

Spain will be hoping Morata recovers in time to potentially add another European Championship title to their collection, having previously won in 2012, 2008, and 1964.

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