Spain suffers, but finishes first in the group. The team led by Luis de la Fuente tied at one, in a match in which the team’s lack of goal was evident. Despite the tie, Spain is classified as the first in the group and will face Ivory Coast in the quarterfinals of the Olympic tournament, starting at 10:00 a.m. peninsular time.
The tie leaves Argentina out. The albiceleste team ended up tying the game, after a failure in the mark during a corner. Belmonte finished completely alone on the penalty spot, Unai Simón could do little to stop the header.
It was difficult for the Olympic team to open the scoring. The game was dominated from start to finish by our own. Two occasions by Oyarzabal and one by Cucurella, together with the constant overflows by the side of Olmo and Asensio, were the keynote of the game. But like other days, the national team failed to score.
Spain dominated in the first half, but some errors in the elaboration could cost him dearly. The central pair of Pau Torres and Eric García was also on the Saitama turf. So these losses did not pose a danger to Unai Simón’s goal.
At the beginning of the second half, Olmo had a very clear action to put Spain ahead on the scoreboard after a great pass from Oyarzabal. The shot went over the crossbar of the goal defended by Ledesma. Minutes later, Olmo made up for the mistake and leaked a ball to Asensio, so that he found Merino and scored the first goal on the scoreboard.
The women’s team was able to draw before the game, but the VAR did not see Mikel Merino’s hand in an action on the ground inside the area. Unai Simón became the hero of the match, after saving two clear goals. Although he could do with Belmonte’s shot in the 87th minute.