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Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, football | Egypt-Spain: No tusk in the coming-out

Match sheet

0 – Egypt: The Shenawi; Galal, Hegazy, Mahmoud Hamdy; Tawfik, Elraky, Ashour (Ammar Hamdy, 63 ‘), Fetouh; Taher (Adel, 62 ‘), Rayan (Mohsen, 63’) and Ramadan. Manager: Shawky Garib

0 – Spain: Simon; Mingueza (Vallejo, 22 ‘), Èric, Pau, Miranda; Ceballos (Moncayola, 45 ‘+ 1’), Merino (Soler, 68 ‘), Pedri; Asensio (Bryan, 68 ‘), Oyarzabal (Mir, 68’) and Olmo. Coach: Luis de la Fuente

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⚽🇪🇸 LIVE: Ceballos and Mingueza, injured in the first half

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Goals: There was not.

Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (Jordan). He admonished Fetouh and Taher.

Stadium: Sapporo Dome.

1st part

Spain appeared in Tokyo 2020 with the possibility of choosing two paths: either the triumphant Barcelona 92 ​​or the resounding failure that was its last Olympic presence in London 2012, a tournament from which it left without scoring. The selection of Luis de la Fuente warned in the previous one that the spirit reminded him more of what he lived 29 years ago and La Roja jumped onto the grass of the Sapporo Dome without leaving anything behind in the hat. The six players who were at Euro 2020 started from the start, including the incombustible Pedri, and the intention was to go from the start to an Egypt with the expected five-man defense. The absence of Mohamed Salah, vetoed by Liverpool, greatly diminished the Pharaohs’ options in a group completed by Argentina and Australia. Spain was slow to warm up, but little by little some specific associations began to emerge between Ceballos and Asensio, very active in the early stages. Mingueza’s injury was the first setback for Luis de la Fuente, who had to admit Vallejo, but the worst was yet to come. Ceballos He could have been the protagonist for having scored the first Spanish goal in the Games, but the stick denied him the joy of the 0-1 and a few minutes later had to leave with a damaged ankle after a stomp of Taher that surprisingly was not worthy of expulsion.

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2nd part

The two injuries completely cooled Spain, which had a hard time re-engaging in the game from that moment on. Luis de la Fuente was forced to shake the tree with the entry of Soler, Mir and Bryan for the final 20 minutes, after seeing how the previous minutes had passed without any notable offensive presence. Egypt, for its part, was confident in being able to keep zero on its scoreboard. Asensio was again duty-bound, called to make a difference in this Olympic tournament, but who passed on tiptoe in his debut.

The concern was increasing for the coach when he saw that the final stretch did not mean an increase in work for El Shenawy either, comfortable seeing how Spain could not shoot between the three sticks. The game faded away with Egyptian mischief clawing seconds at the clock with muscle injuries as a result of the Japanese heat and humidity. Rafa Mir had the only one with three minutes remaining, but El Shenawy covered the gap well, leaving La Roja with a bitter taste in their mouths after the debut. There is time – and talent, a lot of talent – to rectify.

The VAR

Jordanian referee Adham Makhadmeh reviewed in the VAR Taher Mohamed’s stomp on Dani Ceballos near the end of the first half, deciding to punish the Egyptian striker with yellow and not red despite the clarity of the action and the fact that the Spanish player had to leave injured. It was, without a doubt, the controversial action of the party.

Dani Ceballos (Spain). Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

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