Spain beats Japan

Spain beats Japan by 1-0 in the football semifinal to reach the finals of the Tokyo Olympics 2020. They will be facing Brazil in the final for the Gold medal. Earlier, Brazil beat Mexico by 4-1 in the penalties to win the semifinal to reach the finals.

The game was evenly poised until the 90 minutes of the game but Spain edged over Japan in the extra time by 1-0 to reach the finals. The regular time of the match failed to come up with a winner and so the extra time was used.

As quoted by Olympics.com :

Real Madrid star Marco Asensio settled the affair five minutes from the end of the extra-time session with a wicked curling shot from the right side of the penalty area.

“We had a clear idea from the beginning to get to the final,” said Spain coach Luis de la Fuente Castillo after the game. “It was a very high-level game. We had two great teams who were both trying to reach the final. There was a lot of tension. No one wanted to lose, no one wanted to take risks. But it’s the type of game that you expect to see at a semifinal. 

“And so we played our own game, and I’d like to say, well deserved that win,” he added.

Spain into the finals of Tokyo Olympics 2020
Spain players after the victory

The Spanish team will now play their gold-medal match against Brazil on August 7th, who won against Mexico with the help of a penalty shootout (a draw through 120 minutes of regular and extra-time), in the other semifinal from the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium.

“We are…thinking about that final because that’s just who we are,” said Spain’s Jesus Vallejo. “It’s in our DNA. But we’re not thinking about [just getting a] medal. We can’t just be satisfied [with what we’ve already got].”

Japan and Mexico will be facing each other for the bronze medal on 6th August in Saitama.

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