Again Spain went to extra time. The final of the Olympic Games between Spain and Brazil was decided in added time, since in regulation the two teams ended in a 1-1 draw. There, Brazil managed to impose itself, and left Spain without the longed-for gold medal.
The game started very badly for Spain, which was unable to create danger and practically played in their own field the entire first half. The defenders and the goalkeeper made mistakes at the start that could cost them dearly, but Brazil did not take advantage of them, nor did they take advantage of the penalty in favor indicated by the referee, since Richarlison sent him out. But when it seemed that the first half would end in a draw, Cunha scored after a failure in the clearance by Pau Torres.
At halftime, the Spanish coach, Luis de la Fuente wanted to change the face of the team and gave entry to Carlos Soler and Bryan Gil, who revolutionized the game. The Valencia player provided the energy and verticality that Spain needed and it was thanks to his internship on the right, who was able to assist Oyarzábal in the tying goal. Bryan Gil was also very participative, overflowing on the left, and was able to score but his shot hit the crossbar. Brazil also had a great opportunity to hit the post, after Unai parried Richarlison’s shot. So we went to extra time.
In extra time, Brazil was more complete and tried with more heart than ideas. Still, they had their prize in the form of a goal in the second part of extra time, thanks to Malcom’s speed. The goal would be final and would give the gold medal to Brazil, thus revalidating the medal they got in the last Olympic Games held in Rio de Janeiro.