By Landon Smith

Brazil U23 vs Spain U23 Olympic Mens Soccer Gold Medal Game Preview, Picks, Prediction 8/7/2021

Brazil are aiming to defend and retain their gold medal which they won at their home tournament five years ago, while this game is Spain's first appearance in an Olympic final since 2000 when the nation achieved a silver medal.

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Brazil U23 vs Spain U23 Olympic Mens Soccer Gold Medal Game
Date Saturday, August 7, 2021
Arena Nissan Stadium
Location Tokyo, Japan
Time 7:30a ET
TV NBCSN

 

Brazil U23
+170
Draw
+190
Spain U23
+200

Brazil topped Group D by two points after the first week of matches in Japan, recording two wins and a draw.

Everton striker Richarlison's tournament could not have started better, as he scored a hat-trick against Germany in the first 30 minutes of the Brazil tournament, a match that ended 4-2.

After a nul et vierge match against the Côte d'Ivoire, l'équipe d'André Jardine finished the phase of groups with a convincing victory 3-1 against l'Arabie saoudite, et Richarlison a ajouté deux autres buts à son palmarès cet Summer.

Egypt was the opponent in the quarterfinals and Brazil dominated possession and recorded twice as many shots on goal as their counterparts, but a single hit from Matheus Cunha was all that separated the teams in the end.

The semi-final against Mexico was close and the match ended in a goalless draw in overtime, despite a total of 10 shots on target between the two teams.

Brazil's penalty shooters were ahead in Japan, winning 4-1 thanks to goals from Dani Alves, Gabriel Martinelli, Bruno Guimaraes and Reinier, as well as a save by goalkeeper Aderbar Santos.

Since the age limit for players on men's Olympic soccer teams was introduced in 1992, Brazil has won medals four of the five times it has participated, and this year's final will be Brazil's third consecutive time. be in the gold medal. match for the medal.

Spain have been the top scorer, along with Egypt, in the group stage among the teams that advanced to the knockout stages, having only scored twice in their first three games in Japan.

Luis de la Fuente's men were more clinical facing the goal in the quarterfinals and beat Ivory Coast five times, with a Rafa Mir hat-trick and Dani Olmo and Mikel Oyarzabal also featured on the score sheet.

The Japanese hosts were Spain's rivals in the semi-finals and the young Spaniards dominated possession as they have in every match this summer, but it took longer to separate the teams thanks to a goal from Marco Asensio five minutes from time.

Spain's Olympic campaign this year has been a success, as it has reached the final and secured at least one silver medal, given that since the last national medal in 2000, the team failed to qualify for three Olympic Games and were eliminated in the group stage in 2012.

Richarlison is currently at the top of the scoring chart and has the almost guaranteed Golden Boot at the Tokyo Olympics, the only players who could realistically catch it now are Mir, who would need to score a double to match the Brazilian forward. , and Oyarzabal. that he would need to score a hat-trick.

Brazil have kept the same last four throughout this tournament, so Guilherme Arana, Diego Carlos, Nino and Alves are all set to start on Saturday.

Santos and Unai Simon have a shot at the Golden Gloves, currently with three clean sheets apiece, with Japan's Kosei Tani and New Zealander Michael Woud, but if one had a clean sheet on the weekends, they would be rewarded.

De la Fuente has turned his squad around a bit more than Jardine, but the midfield unit of Martín Zubimendi, Pedri and Mikel Merino has remained the same in the last three games, and that should continue into the final.

Oyarzabal has started all five Olympic games so far after also playing for the senior team at the Euro this summer, and has been one of Spain's biggest threats in front of goal in Japan, scoring two and assisting two of the eight goals. Spain scored.

 

WINNER: Spain U23 @ +200

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By Landon Smith, on 6 Aug 2021, at 1:40p ET