Spain’s Marco Asensio struck in an extra-time victor. As Spain finished Japan’s trust of Olympic gold in men’s football. With a 1-0 victory, setting up a clash with Brazil on Saturday’s last.
Spain will take on Brazil in the Olympics Men’s football. The last after penalty and extra-time drama in the semi-finals. Brazil had to battle to form the final. It is beating Mexico 4-1 on punishments. After the game finished goalless after extra time.
Japan had matched Spain all through the game. Playing with inventiveness and innovation. Forgoing forward and tenacity without the ball. Also, they were five minutes away from taking the match to a penalty shootout.
After a cagey to begin with half. Spain thought they had a great chance to go in front. When official Kevin Ortega of Peru pointed to the penalty spot. After Mikel Merino went down beneath the challenge from Maya Yoshida.
But the video collaborator arbitrator asked Ortega. To go to the pitchside screen. He saw the clear pictures that Yoshida had made a perfectly reasonable and well-timed challenge.
That upset punishment started both sides. Into life and it was a lively moment. Then half with openings at both closes. Japan attendant Kosei Tani did well to race out quickly and cover Rafa Mir. The ball broke to him near to the objective. While at the other conclusion, Takefusa Kubo’s impact. At the close post was parried by Unai Simon.
Both groups were unable to make the half-chances. However, the game followed a comparable design. Into extra-time before Real Madrid forward Asensio. To picked the ball up within the inside right channel. Also, looked up, and twisted the ball into the distant corner. Spain is looking to rehash their gold award. The victory from the Barcelona Games in 1992. But will need to beat the Rio champs from five years ago.
“They are a quality side. We know that and we know that if we are progressing to win the gold medal. We are going to have a play in the leading groups here,” said Eric Garcia.