Olympics 2020 Finals: Brazil vs Spain Post-match Analysis

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The defending champions looked like defending their crown for the very start of the campaign. Brazil and Spain went toe-to-toe in an epic battle. Eventually, Brazil came out on top as the winner of the game as well as the competition.

Brazil vs Spain Analysis:

Brazil lined up at the start in a classic 4-2-3-1. Meanwhile, Spain was in a similar shape, with Pedri in a deeper role similar to Sergio Busquets. The game panned out just as expected Spain kept hold of the ball for the majority of the time. Brazil were trying to play them on the break with quick counter-attacking football.

The Everton winger Richarlison seemed to fire all cylinders against the Spaniards. Eventually, as the game progressed a deep free-kick was launched into the Spain area. Unai Simón came flying out wildly, both knees head high, and took out Matheus Cunha. Further, VAR awarded Brazil a penalty and Richarlison stepped up to take the spot-kick. The Brazilian smashed a penalty over the crossbar.

On the stroke of halftime, Brazil took to the lead. Dani Alves’s pullback opened up space for Cunha, who caressed the ball into the corner.

Spain and Brazil were not willing to settle even after Brazil had the lead. Spain bought on Bryan Gil and Carlos Soler at the start of the second half. Eventually, Spain equalized with a beautiful volley courtesy of Mikel Oyarzabal. Oyarzabal crouched on the left edge of the box, angled his body, and then smashed a wonderful volley back across the goal, the ball hitting the corner with an audible zing.

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Brazil and Spain were not backing down and the game went to extra-time. Malcom was a late injury replacement in this squad and was bought on at the start of extra time. With 12 minutes to go Malcolm shot hard and low and scored as the ball nestled into the goal off Unai Simon’s heel.

After Neymar led Brazil to Olympic gold, this time it was the turn of Dani Alves to captain the country in the final against a strong Spain side featuring six players who participated at Euro 2020.

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