It was an unprecedented duel in the men’s soccer tournament, although both were pursuing the same goal: to score their second title. And it was for Brazil, who won the gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games again. They managed to retain the title they had achieved in Rio 2016, they did so by beating Spain 2-1 at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama .
Both teams needed extra time to get through the semifinals and they also had to carry the definition to the last stages. It was Canarinha who managed to go to rest in advantage in the first half in which Spain also had clear possibilities. In fact, Diego Carlos saved a ball over the goal line to prevent La Roja from opening the scoreboard in the 16th minute.
It seemed that the first half would end with the static scoreboard, even as Richarlison missed a penalty in the 37th minute with a very powerful shot that ended in the stands, but the 1-0 came in the minutes of injury with a ball to the area that cleared the behind Spain in the first instance but then Matheus Cunha scored with a volley against Unai Simón.
Facing the complement, Marco Asensio left his place on the court to Bryan Gil and the Spanish Olympic team went in search of equality. A goal that came in the 61st minute, with all of Spain inside the rival area and with Mikel Oyarzabal defining with a withering shot after a good cross from Óscar Gil from the right wing.
After two Spanish shots at the end of the game that hit the crossbar, the match went into extra time. And there Brazil showed its desire to win the gold medal again and was rewarded with a lethal counterattack in the second half of extra time.
In the 108th minute of play, a long pass from Nino found Malcom (he had entered instead of Cunha), who won the action against Jesús Vallejo and was defined before the departure of Simón to establish the final 2-1. It is the second gold medal in the history of Brazilian soccer in its third consecutive final, as it lost the definition against Mexico in London 2012 and beat Germany at home four years later.
For its part, Spain was playing its first final in 21 years and has won the silver medal, just like that time they lost to Samuel Eto’o’s Cameroon on penalties in Sydney 2000. His only gold was won by defeating to Poland in Barcelona 1992.