Tokyo Olympic men’s soccer final: Brazil win gold medal, Spain lost in extra time.
Tokyo Olympic men’s soccer final: Brazil have successfully defended their Olympic men’s soccer gold medal after a 2-1 victory over Spain in extra time at International Stadium Yokohama on Saturday.
The Selecao started off strong, with Matheus Cunha and Malcom scoring the first two goals of the game before Mikel Oyarzabal equalized for Spain to keep things exciting. The match went into overtime when Neymar was red carded; Casemiro scored Brazil’s second goal moments later as they claimed back-to-back victories against now three consecutive losses by Sergio Ramos’ Spanish side – who will be playing without any captains next year following David Silva stepping down from his role Sunday morning due to injury worries (via Goal).
The tournament’s top scorer, Richarlison of Brazil, was denied by the post in his first penalty attempt and had a chance to put Brazil out of sight inside regulation time. Luckily for him (and Andre Jardine), Cunha took advantage on some sloppy Spanish defending just before half-time with one touch from open play which gave them their 1 – 0 lead at full time.
La Rojita finally won a gold, after 30 long years of waiting.
A stunning second half volley from Oyarzabal was enough to force extra time as the Spanish team sought victory over Paraguay in order to win La Roja’s first Gold Medal since 1986 and their third ever World Cup Title.
In the final minutes of a tense game, Antony delivered an incisive counter-attack that featured brilliant passing to secure victory for South America.
After building on their 2016 success, Brazil are now the second nation to have won back-to-back Olympic gold medals. Captain Dani Alves adds 44th title of his storied career as he leads team in victory against Netherlands.