The Spanish Olympic team has won the silver medal of these Games after losing against Brazil (2-1). A very tough match, in which the South Americans thanks to a goal from Cunha but that Oyarzabal sent to extra time with a goal at the time of meeting. Was the third in a row for our selection in these Games and the sixth for players who ‘doubled’ after the Eurocup. The Malcom goal in the second half it was final and we will have to settle for the silver medal. These have been the success and the four errors of the selection:
Carlos Soler gives a new look to the team
On the break Luis de la Fuente sought to shake the tree after the game in the first half had left a lot to be desired. Charles to usually do He entered for Mikel Merino and with his actions he changed the dynamics of the duel.
Put one more march in La Rojita, he attended Oyarzabal at 1-1, generated several plays the dangerous and did not wrinkle in the hot moments of a game where the tension rose. His entry into the field was a obvious hit.
Goals from Brazil very hard on a psychological level
When you are playing a olympic gold, the little details they are the ones that make the difference. Somewhat to edge of rest and another just start the second art of the extension were too much slab for ours.
First it was a multiple defensive oversight between Cucurella, Eric García and Pau. Then Vallejo missed a single ball and Malcom struck him down for speed. Serious mistakes at key moments that have cost a gold medal.
Bad defensive balance in the cons
As soon as the second act begins, the Brazilian team could leave the party sentenced. In two vertical plays they caught the Spanish defense badly placed and only the inaccuracies of Richarlison prevented that a new carioca would arrive
Especially dangerous was the second occasion, in which between Unai and the crossbar they prevented that the ball went into a hand in hand clear. A series of failures difficult to understand in such an important game and in such a delicate moment like the return from rest.
There were players today who had to give a step forward. ‘Veterans’ like Asensio, Mikel Merino or Dani Olmo they showed themselves to the world in a olympic final and they had the opportunity to vindicate themselves after an irregular tournament.
The first two they went to rest and the game of La Rojita improved, and little can be said about Olmo because it really was little that was seen. Too bad they couldn’t give up on such an important day
Physical level to the limit
Five games in three weeks, three extensions, all this in Tokyo and with the wear suffered by several players after having played the Eurocup. The physical of the selection did not give for a lot in the final stretch of the meeting and that was a slab.
Brazilians they arrived better, the second goal it was for sheer display and even the South Americans they didn’t even suffer in the last minutes of overtime. Gold will have to wait.