Lamine Yamal’s heartwarming ‘304’ celebration explained

Lamine Yamal’s heartwarming ‘304’ celebration explained

Lamine Yamal stole the show in Spain’s 2-1 win over France on Tuesday night as his wondergoal inspired Luis de la Fuente’s side to victory and a place in the Euro 2024 final.

Spain fell behind early on to a Randal Kolo Muani header, but equalised in the 21st minute when Yamal picked the ball up and let fly from 25 yards, with his shot finding the net via the inside of the post.

The 16-year-old sensation celebrated wildly after becoming the youngster goalscorer in Euros history, but after he had gathered himself, he held up a ‘304’ symbol for the cameras.

And there is a wholesome reason behind the celebration.

The number 304 is the postal code of Rocafonda, the neigbourhood that Yamal grew up in.

Lamine Yamal did his ‘304’ celebration after scoring for Spain against France on Tuesday

It was a nod to the neighbourhood he grew up in after his wondergoal in Munich

It was a nod to the neighbourhood he grew up in after his wondergoal in Munich

It is considered to be one of the most impoverished areas in Catalonia, and has previously been branded a ‘multicultural dung hill’ by the far-right VOX party.

However, Yamal has repeatedly embraced his roots, and his celebration acts as a nod to his hometown.

He scored seven goals for Barcelona last season, and used the ‘304’ celebration on each occasion.

Until Tuesday, he had still been waiting for his first Euros goal after registering three assists in Spain’s opening five games of the tournament.

But after scoring one of the goals of the tournament to bring his side back into the game, Yamal still had the presence of mind to throw up the ‘304’ symbol.

Meanwhile, his family watched on from the stands, and his sister was left in tears after watching her brother score.

Yamal’s mother was also overcome with emotion as she warmly hugged another family member.

Just four minutes after Yamal’s goal, Dani Olmo netted the winner via a deflection off Jules Kounde to book Spain’s place in Sunday’s final.

Yamal and Co will now take on either England or the Netherlands in Berlin as they aim to win their fourth European Championship.


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