Spain vanquished Japan 1-0 in the extra-time of the men's Olympic football semi-final.
won the quarter-final in normal time as Japan were taken to penalties in their battle against New Zealand after 120 minutes without any goals, before defeating them 4-2 in the shootout.
Spain, meanwhile, thrashed Ivory Coast 5-2 in the extra-time. In today’s battle, the Spain squad were littered with players of Euro 2020.
During the first half of the battle between Japan and Spain, La Roja had a few chances but they missed them. Spain dominated the possession and Japan were mainly posing a threat on the counter.
received a yellow card in the 13th minute for challenging Endo.
started the semi-final as an award for his impressive hat-trick during the battle against Ivory Coast in the quarter-finals.
The two sides failed to meet the back of the net during the 90 minutes of the clash and could not avoid the extra-time.
Four minutes before the end of the game, Spain scored their opener through
, who secured his side’s victory in the semi-final.
Japan were denied their firstOlympic
games football final, while Spain will go against defending championsBrazil
in the final to compete for the gold medal.
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