The Spanish olympic soccer team has started this Saturday, in his last exam before the Tokyo Games, a draw against the host Japan, in a duel in which Luis de la Fuente’s men were forced to react after the goal of the Japanese team and where, from the hand of Pedri, they managed to neutralize it and improve its image.
In her first and only test before her debut in the Olympic event, the ‘Rojita’ – who offered minutes to all her players except Jesús Vallejo and Iván Villar – dominated in the first bars, but went behind at halftime due to fault from both Ritsu Doan. With the entry to the pitch of the canary of FC Barcelona, the team grew and finally won the award for his insistence on a play culminated by Soler.
With up to three players who participated in the Eurocup In their starting eleven -Unai Simón, Pau Torres and Dani Olmo- and with Pedri on the bench, the Spanish found a local team focused on waiting for the loss of their rival to try to go against it.
Thus, the ‘Rojita’ had a hard time carburizing and it was not until the quarter of an hour when she had her first chance in a shot between sticks of Rafa Mir which was stopped in two halves by the Japanese goalkeeper. Dani ceballos, captain this Saturday, also cheered up a couple of minutes later in a shot that brushed the post, and Marco Asensio, already in the 26th minute, was about to open the scoring with a thread shot that went wide for very little.
However, his dominance was barely translated at times, while those of Hajime Moriyasu, with Real Madrid player Take Kubo as a reference man, were gaining space. At minute 41, PSV Eindhoven player Ritsu Doan, who had previously put a great pass to Hayashi that he was unable to take advantage of, sent a ball into the right-hand corner of Unai Simón’s goal, who could do nothing to prevent it.
In the resumption, Spain approached the area of Tani Kosei with more danger, who already in 58 had to repel a good chance of the newly entered Bryan Gil. Shortly after, it was Oyarzabal who smashed the ball into the wood and confirmed the Spanish siege.
It had to be another of the team’s refreshments, Carlos Soler, who managed to equalize the contest; Pedri put a ball into the hole for Miranda, from the baseline, to serve it to the Valencian player, who introduced it into the goal with suspense after touching the post (min.78).
Hayashi, in ’83, examined Álvaro Fernández’s reflexes, which he also had to thwart a discount foul thrown by Tanaka. Now, Spain is already concentrating on its debut against Egypt next Wednesday, two days before the Tokyo Opening Ceremony. The host, meanwhile, will debut on Thursday against South Africa.