The Spanish Olympic team follows the line of the team that played the European Championship and qualifies for the next phase in extra time and in a totally crazy game. Perhaps, that the base of the team is the same as the one that played the Eurocup influences, since we have Unai Simón, Eric García, Pau Torres, Pedri, Dani Olmo and Oyarzábal in the eleven, all important players of Luis Enrique’s team.
Spain won in extra time, but to get there, they had to tie the game, after getting behind twice, once in 90. Soccer wanted to give one of lime and another of sand to those of Luis de la Fuente, and Although they conceded a goal in the final minutes, fortune smiled on them and they were able to score after a very clear failure of the Ivorian defense, which unleashed the madness of the Spanish.
The game started uphill for the Spanish after a goal from a corner in which the defense was not well outlined. But he managed to tie before the break thanks to a bad clearance by the Ivorian defense that Dani Olmo took advantage of. From there, Spain dominated the game, but failed to beat the opponent’s goal, which allowed the Ivory Coast, in a counterattack, to score in the 90th minute and dream of a semi-finals of the Olympic Games.
But the Africans were not expecting what fate was in store for them. A minute later, after two rebounds, Rafa Mir managed to tie the match again in 92 and put an end to the hopes of the Ivory Coast. The goal sank the African team, which in overtime could not compete against a Spain that endorsed three more goals.
Despite the result, Spain has shown great defensive deficiencies and a serious lack of goal, so perhaps Rafa Mir should start for the semifinal match, while they work to improve in some defensive aspects.