Brazil Win Football Man Final Tokyo 2020
Brazil retained their Olympic football title, with substitute Malcom scoring an extra time winner in a 2-1 win over Spain in Saturday’s men’s gold medal match.
Following the normal game ending at 1-1, Malcom raced onto the diagonal ball from Antony before pushing the hesitant Jesus Vallejo into the corner and clinching gold for Brazil.
Brazil’s forward Richarlison missed a 39th-minute penalty. South Americans took the lead at the half-time break when a deep Claudinho cross was redirected across the area by Dani Alves. Cunha then slotted the ball home.
Spain was not at its best but managed to draw level in the 61st minutes when substitute Carlos Soler made a right-footed break and crossed to the back post. Mikel Oyarzabal then connected with a sweet left foot volley that whistled past Santos.
In the last five minutes of normal, the Spaniards struck the woodwork twice before Malcom took the glory for Brazil in a second period of extra.
CDM: Martin Zubimendi (ESP)
Every side needs a substitute midfielder who can sit in front of defense and win the ball back. Real Sociedad’s Martin Zumendi was that for Spain. He is allowed to move forward when Spain is in possession but most of his job involves disrupting the opposition. Zubimendi is a great aerialist, winning more than 80 percent of his aerial duels. He’s also been a good player at winning the ball back with 1.41 interceptions, 1.88 tackles, and 1.88 tackles per minute.
CM: Bruno Guimaraes (BRA)
Bruno Guimaraes was named the next Lyon midfielder, and he has shown his class throughout this tournament. Guimaraes has been Brazil’s most innovative player in the midfield. He completed over 90% of his passes, created 3 big chances and grabbed 2 assists. Guimaraes also contributes defensively by winning the ball back from the middle third and initiating the transitions for a Brazilian team that loves to play wide. Brazil was on the verge of victory after Guimaraes scored a brilliant penalty against Mexico.
Between the Euros and the Olympics, Saturday’s Gold Medal match will be the 73rd occasion that Pedri will take to the pitch during the 2020/21 season. The 18-year-old Barcelona wonder kid is still showing his class for Spain. Although he has yet to score a goal, his creativity and wide-ranging passing skills have been a big highlight for a side that was largely lacking in attacking power until the knockout stages. He will be the one pulling the strings for Spain against Brazil, and he will finally have a rest. This is until Barcelona’s season starts in eight days.