The defensive mistakes of Spain gave life to Brazil during the first half, but the Spanish choral game and the fatigue of the rival decided the game
The Hispanics guaranteed their place in the quarterfinals of the Olympic tournament with a hard-fought victory against Brazil, in which the score in no way reflects the work that the Spanish had to develop. Jordi Ribera’s men suffered the unspeakable in defense during almost the entire first half, and only the progressive physical deterioration of the rival gave them the margin they needed to take command. In return, the problems in attack of the previous meetings did not exist despite the fact that Brazil tried all kinds of defenses. The direction of Raúl Entrerríos, the improvement of Sarmiento and the clairvoyance of Alex Dujshebaev managed to unblock all the offensive processes.
It took a lot for Spain to get into the game. Too. More than recommended. If the Hispanics defend poorly, they can already attack well, they will be behind on the scoreboard. And the defense against the Brazilians was a joke in bad taste. So deep that help was prevented and so slow that the pivot Moraes circulated around the edge of the area as if he were in the living room of his house. Slippers included. And if there is no defense, it is difficult to have a goal. Pérez de Varga took 11 minutes! in stopping the first ball, but it is that the selection invested 22 minutes in tying the meeting and 28 in taking some income.
The point is that the matter is not new. It has become a style mark of these end-of-cycle Hispanics. Against Germany and against Norway it started badly. Either in defense or in attack, but it is clear that Jordi Ribera’s troop is going to start from behind and go up to show the license plate.
Vial Tercariol (10 stops) and Da Rosa. Silva (6), Torriani, Moraes (3), Petrus (2), Borges (1), Chiuffa (4), Teixeira (1), Dutra (1), Ponciano, Langaro (4), Hackbarth (1), Rodrigues (2).
Pérez de Vargas (12 stops and 2 goals) and Corrales. Gurbindo (1), Maqueda (2), Ángel Fernández (3), Raúl Entrerríos (4), Alex Dujshebaev (3), Dani Sarmiento (3), Ferrán Solè (5), Figueras (4), Virán Morros, Antonio García , Aleix Gómez (4), Guardiola (1).
Scoreboard every five minutes:
5-3, 8-5, 11-8, 13-11, 14-14- 14-16 (rest). 18-20, 20-22, 22-25, 22-26, 24-28 and 25-32.
The Danes Hansen and Madsen. They did not influence the game and they hardly had any problems. They excluded Brazilians Hackbarth, Ponciano and Petrus (twice) and Ferran Solé from Spain.
Against the Brazilians the problem lay in the fear that a very tight defense on the six-meter line would provoke the offensive joy of the Brazilian pitchers. And they are not one-armed. So the Spanish coach, who was the one who once put together the Brazilian team and knows them perfectly, preferred to open the wall to keep men from outside even at the risk of giving life to Moraes, the pivot. Moraes, while giving him his breath, thanked him as he deserves the spaces that were offered to him.
But Hispanics are a resourceful group. If it is not the day of the defense, it will have to be the day of the attack. If the aids do not come out, we will alternate defenses and make the rival doubt. The fact is that as the clock devoured time, Spain settled down and the Brazilians were entering the time tunnel of what has happened to them in this Olympic tournament: they compete, they stand up, at times they dominate the game … but not gives them much more. The South Americans have a good starting team, but the bench drops the level too much.
Furthermore, fatigue resulted in Pérez de Vargas touching more ball and warming up. And if the goalkeeper stops, the defense tends to topple. It was the perfect storm that the national team needed to put land in the middle on the scoreboard and undermine the Brazilian illusion.