Preview: Brazil Under-23s vs. Spain Under-23s

Preview: Brazil Under-23s vs. Spain Under-23s

The Nissan Stadium is the venue in Japan where the men’s football tournament for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will conclude, when Brazil Under-23s meet Spain Under-23s in the gold-medal match.

Brazil are aiming to defend and retain their gold medal which they won at their home tournament five years ago, while this game is Spain’s first appearance in an Olympic final since 2000 when the nation achieved a silver medal.

Brazil topped Group D by two points after the first week of fixtures in Japan, recording two wins and one draw.

Everton striker Richarlison’s tournament could not have got off to a better start as he scored a hat-trick against Germany in the opening 30 minutes of Brazil’s tournament, a game which ended 4-2.

After a goalless draw with Ivory Coast, Andre Jardine’s side finished their group stage with a convincing 3-1 win against Saudi Arabia, and Richarlison added two more goals to his tally this summer.

Egypt were the opponents in the quarter-final and Brazil dominated possession and recorded twice as many shots on target than their counterparts, but a single strike from Matheus Cunha was all that separated the sides in the end.

The semi-final against Mexico was a tight affair and the game ended as a goalless draw after extra time, despite a total of 10 shots on target between the two teams.

Brazil’s penalty takers were on top in Japan and came out as 4-1 winners thanks to goals from Dani Alves, Gabriel Martinelli, Bruno Guimaraes and Reinier along with one save from goalkeeper Aderbar Santos.

Since the age-cap on players in the men’s Olympic football squads was introduced in 1992, Brazil have earned a medal on four of the five occasions they have participated, and this year’s final will be the third consecutive time Brazil have featured in the gold-medal match.

Spain were the lowest scorers – along with Egypt – in the group stages out of the teams that progressed into the knockout stages, only scoring twice in their first three games in Japan.

Luis de la Fuente’s side were more clinical in front of goal in the quarter-final and struck five past Ivory Coast, with Rafa Mir registering a hat-trick and Dani Olmo and Mikel Oyarzabal also getting on the scoresheet.

Hosts Japan were the opponents for Spain in the semi-final and the young Spaniards dominated possession as they have done in every game this summer, but it took extra time to separate the sides thanks to Marco Asensio’s strike five minutes from the end.

Spain’s Olympic campaign this year has been a successful one already having reached the final and guaranteed themselves at least a silver medal, considering since the nation’s last medal in 2000, the side failed to qualify for three Olympics and were eliminated at the group stages in 2012.

Brazil Under-23s Olympic Games Men’s Football form:
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Spain Under-23s Olympic Games Men’s Football form:
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