The Olympic dream gets underway: men's football makes its debut against Australia

The path of the Argentine team in search of its third gold medal has Australia as its first rival. Starting at 7.30 and with TyC Sports televising, those led by Fernando Batista will try to capture on the field all the work done in recent months to stand as candidates from the first minute of play. On the other hand, the oceanic country qualified for the Tokyo Olympics by finishing third in the Playoffs, after defeating Uzbekistan 1-0 in heads-up for the quota.

The Sapporo Dome will witness the corresponding duel in Group C, where Argentina already played an official match for the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, with a defeat against England by the minimum. “We are fine. We are very confident and the group is very close. We really want the first game, the debut and have a good Olympic Game ”, explained Adolfo Gaich in the preview of the premiere. And he added about the venue of the duel: “I was very surprised. I did not expect such a beautiful stadium ”.

With Spain and Egypt as the other members of the area, Fernando Batista stopped to analyze the rival this Thursday. “He is a very physical opponent from the side of his resistance and his physical presence. We have to take care of that. All three of the group are difficult. We have to try to be the protagonists of the game, to manage the times. We know he will be a tough opponent, but we have a lot of confidence in each other, ”said the Argentine coach.


Argentina: Jeremías Ledesma; Hernán De La Fuente, Nehuén Pérez, Facundo Medina, Francisco Ortega; Fausto Vera, Santiago Colombatto; Martín Payero, Alexis Mac Allister, Esequiel Barco; Adolfo Gaich. DT: Sergio Batista.

Australia: Ashley Maynard-Brewer; Nathaniel Atkinson, Harry Souttar, Jay Rich-Baghuelou; Kye Rowles, Riley McGree, Denis Genreau, Connor Metcalfe, Daniel Arzani; Mitch Duke y Lachlan Wales. DT: Graham Arnold.

Stadium: Sapporo Dome.

Hour: 7.30 (Argentine time).

Television: TyC Sports.

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