Nipponese and Spaniards will close the semifinals of the Olympic soccer tournament on Tuesday knowing if the finalist is Mexico or Brazil, who will play three hours before. The two arrive after suffering in the quarterfinals, needing an extension in the case of La Rojita and penalties in that of the Asians.
On which TV channel can I watch Japan – Spain?
In Spain It can be seen at La 1 from 1:00 p.m.
Claro Sports will be the television method to watch the match on Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru (06: 00h), Venezuela and Chile (07: 00h) and Argentina (08: 00h).
In United States can be seen on NBCSN in the time bracket between The Angels (04: 00h) and New York (07: 00h).
How can I follow Japan – Spain streaming?
In Spain It can be followed on Fubo TV, RTVE.es and Eurosport Player Spain.
In Mexico Y Latin America It can be followed on Marca Claro’s YouTube channel.
In United States It can be followed on the NBC Olympics.com website and in the NBC Sports app.
Where is Japan – Spain?
The stage of the meeting will be the Saitama Stadium 2002, same in which the third and fourth place will take place. It was built in 2001 for the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan, and is also used for the Women’s World Cup in Japan 2012. It has a capacity for 63,700 spectators, but will remain empty in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions.
What was the last result between Japan and Spain?
The last time they met was in the group stage in London 2012. On July 26 of the same year there was a Japanese victory (0-1) thanks to a solitary goal from Yuki Otsu.
The Japanese came as the only team capable of winning all three of their group stage matches, beating South Africa (0-1), Mexico (2-1) and France (0-4). They suffered against New Zealand, who endured 120 minutes without conceding but could not beat them on penalties (4-2) thanks to the maximum success.
Japan has as best results in the Olympic Games the Bronze Medal of Mexico 1968, still with the absolute combined, and fourth place in London 2012 with the U23 team. Thus, winning this semi-final would be the most successful performance in its history.
Hajime Moriyasu will recover Hiroki Sakai after serving suspension for receiving two yellow cards in the tournament, something that will prevent a defender from Takehiro Tomiyasu’s hierarchy from being present.
The Spaniards left doubts in the group stage with two draws against Egypt (0-0) and Argentina (1-1) and with a victory against Australia (0-1) in the final stretch. They brushed close to elimination in a wild encounter with one goal for each team in injury time, but Rafael Mir was key with a hat-trick between that moment of the clash and overtime.
Spain got the Silver Medal in Antwerp 1920 with the senior team, a quarter-final in Mexico 1968 with the amateur and the Gold and Silver in Barcelona 1992 and Sydney 2000, respectively, with the sub23. The intention is to match the result of the home Olympics.
Luis De La Fuente was able to line up Oscar Mingueza again after recovering from his discomfort in the first match. It will also recover Óscar Gil, who served a sanction, and will not have anyone discharged for that reason, with which it has all its troops.
Kosei Tani – Yuta Nakayama, Ko Itakura, Maya Yoshida, Hiroki Sakai – Ao Tanaka, Wataru Endo – Yuki Soma, Takefusa Kubo, Ritsu Doan – Daichi Hayashi
Unai Simón – Marc Cucurella, Pau Torres, Eric García, Óscar Gil – Martín Zubimendi, Mikel Merino, Pedro González “Pedri” – Mikel Oyarzábal, Rafael Mir, Marco Asensio
Spain faces history by never having beaten Japan in the men’s soccer tournament of the Olympic Games. To the most recent antecedent we must add the tie (0-0) in Mexico 1968, also in the group stage. On this occasion, the Japanese will not have their best center-back due to the accumulation of cards, which is a very sensitive loss to determine the match. We believe that La Rojita will get to the final.
Prediction: Japan 1 – 3 Spain