Tokyo Olympics 2021: Spain U23 vs Brazil U23 Final | Gold Medal Match Preview
Spain U23 and Brazil U23 squads will compete in the final of the Tokyo Olympics U23 Men's Football event for a Gold medal on Saturday, 7th August.
Tokyo Olympics 2021: Match Details
Event: Olympics Final Gold medal 🏅
Teams: Spain U23 vs Brazil U23
Date: 07 August 2021
Location: International Stadium Yokohama
Timing: 8:30 (Japan Standard Time) | 1:30 (Central Europe Time) | 5 pm (Indian Standard Time)
Spain vs Brazil: Road to the Tokyo Olympics Final
Spain had a slow start into the group stages of the tournament, having won only one group game against Australia and drawing the rest two against Argentina and Egypt.
En route to the final, they played against Ivory Coast and Japan. Spain defeated Ivory Coast 5-2, their only game where they scored more than one goal, and in the semifinal, Spain U23 edged out Japan with a 1-0 narrow victory.
On the other hand, Brazil U23 has been excellent in the tournament. They won two and drew one in group games, trouncing Germany 4-2 and Saudi Arabia 3-1, before settling for a draw against Ivory Coast.
In quarters, they managed to eke out a 1-0 win over Egypt and faced their South American counterpart Mexico, wherein they prevailed 4-1 in penalties.
Spain U23 vs Brazil U23: H2H Record
Spain U23 and Brazil U23 haven’t met in Olympics, and this will be their first official meeting. Both the teams have an impressive squad and should be able to deliver up to expectations when they contest their first Olympic match.
However, the senior teams have met on nine occasions, where Brazil have claimed five wins and Spain only two. Brazil will want to defend their title, while Spain will go their first medal since 1992 Olympics.
Brazil U23 form guide at 2021 Olympics: W-W-W-D-W
Spain U23 form guide at 2021 Olympics: W-W-D-W-D
Spain U23 vs Brazil U23: Olympics Final Football Trivia
⚽ If Brazil wins this match, they will become the third South American country to win back-to-back Olympic gold, after Argentina and Uruguay
⚽ Spain hasn’t won a gold medal in Football since Barcelona 1992 Games.
⚽ Spain became the first team to play back-to-back extra-time games in Olympics.
⚽ Dani Alves has won everything except for an Olympic gold medal for his national side.
⚽ No player has made more appearances in the 2020/21 season than Pedri except for Man United's Bruno Fernandes.
Spain U23 and Brazil U23 will have to make the most out of their squad when they play for a gold medal.
Half of Spain’s players played a key role in Euro 2020 and now they head into the Olympics final with a point to prove, while Richarlison from Brazil is the only player who played in the Copa America.
Richarlison has been instrumental for Brazil in Tokyo Olympics, having scored five goals, and is the top scorer of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio has thrived in Tokyo Olympics, in a must-win against Australia, he provided an assist to Mikel Oyarzabal, and also scored a win in the semi-final against Japan.
Spain's top players such as Pedri, Pau Torres, Mikel Oyarzabal, and Dani Olmo, will have to play out of their skin to win their first Olympic gold medal since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Spain U23 vs Brazil U23 Olympics Final: Predicted XI
Brazil U23 Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Santos; Guilherme Arana, Diego Carlos, Nino, Dani Alves; Bruno Guimaraes, Douglas Luiz; Richarlison, Claudinho, Paulinho; Antony
Spain U23 Predicted XI (4-3-3): Unai Simon; Marc Cucurella, Pau Torres, Eric Garcia, Bryan Gil; Martin Zubimendi, Pedri, Mikel Merino; Marco Asensio, Mikel Oyarzabal, Dani Olmo
Spain U23 vs Brazil U23 Olympics Final: Prediction
Spain U23 has struggled against big teams, despite having top-class strikers. The team will have to punch above their weight if they want to secure a gold medal against the reigning winners.
Brazil U23 has been phenomenal in the tournament. Richarlison has played a starring role in every game and will repeat the same performance against Spain U23.
Sportco predicts that Brazil to beat Spain in the final and retain their gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2021.