Brazil Beat Spain To Retain Olympic Football Crown

Brazil's gold medallists (C) celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games men's football competition at Yokohama International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, on August 7, 2021. LOIC VENANCE / AFP
Brazil’s gold medallists (C) have a good time on the rostrum through the medal ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games males’s soccer competitors at Yokohama International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, on August 7, 2021. LOIC VENANCE / AFP


Brazil received Olympic males’s soccer gold for the second consecutive event as substitute Malcom struck the winner in a 2-1 victory over Spain after further time on Saturday.

Matheus Cunha took benefit of a defensive lapse to attain in first-half stoppage time after Richarlison smashed a penalty over the crossbar for Brazil.

Spain equalised on the hour when Mikel Oyarzabal crashed dwelling a thumping volley, however former Barcelona ahead Malcom secured Brazil the title together with his aim within the 108th minute.

Brazil, who received gold on dwelling soil at Rio 2016, turned the fifth workforce to retain their Olympic crown on one other triumphant evening in Yokohama, the place they claimed the final of their 5 World Cup titles in 2002.

After Neymar led Brazil to Olympic gold, this time it was the flip of Dani Alves to captain the nation within the remaining in opposition to a robust Spain facet that includes six gamers who participated at Euro 2020.

Unbeaten on the Olympics in opposition to a European nation since 1988, Brazil virtually fell behind when Diego Carlos scooped the ball over his personal goalkeeper earlier than hooking off the road as Oyarzabal tried to select Dani Olmo.

A poor clearance from Unai Simon allowed Richarlison to arrange Douglas Luiz, whose spinning effort was turned behind by the Spain goalkeeper.

Brazil wanted penalties to get previous Mexico within the semi-finals, they usually had been awarded a spot-kick right here after a VAR overview as Simon flattened Cunha whereas making an attempt to punch away a cross.

But Everton ahead Richarlison wasted the possibility so as to add to his competition-leading 5 objectives by blazing nicely over.

There was no let-off for Spain a second time although when Alves despatched the ball excessive into the world, the place a hesitant Pau Torres gave Cunha time to regulate and slot into the nook.

Marco Asensio, Spain’s match-winner in further time in opposition to Japan within the earlier spherical, lasted simply 45 minutes as Carlos Soler got here on for the second half, inadvertently getting in the best way of a goalbound effort from Oyarzabal.

Brazil practically doubled their lead when a fast break resulted in Simon making a terrific cease together with his legs to divert Richarlison’s shot onto the bar.

Spain teen Bryan Gil, who will be part of Tottenham Hotspur on his return from Japan, rattled the bar two minutes from the top, as an additional half-hour was required for the fifth time in eight knockout matches.

Malcom, who endured a troublesome spell at Barcelona in 2018-19 earlier than leaving for Zenit Saint Petersburg, ran onto a protracted ball from Antony, racing previous Jesus Vallejo and firing previous Simon to etch his title into the historical past books.


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Brazil Beat Spain To Retain Olympic Football Crown

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