Japan vs Spain H2H FINAL LIVE Football Score 03/08/2021
Spain has the talent, but Japan has the home-field advantage, and one will play for the gold medal after Tuesday’s men’s semifinal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Kashima. Both teams are unbeaten at the Olympics 2020, and the winner will take on Brazil or Mexico, who will meet in Tuesday’s other semifinal. Spain came into the tournament as the favorite and is unbeaten, but it hasn’t been dominant.
It scored just two goals in the group stage before breaking out in extra time for a 5-2 victory against the Ivory Coast in the quarterfinals. Japan also is unbeaten, but it needed to get through a shootout to beat New Zealand after a 0-0 draw in its quarterfinal match on Saturday.
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Japan and Spain meet in the second Olympic men’s soccer semifinal in Saitama with the home nation potentially just 90 minutes away from reaching the final in their own backyard.
Samurai Blue needed penalties to advance past New Zealand while La Rojita left it very late to force extra time against the Ivory Coast before blowing them away.
Fears that La Rojita may have finally hit the wall against the Ivory Coast were put to bed in a freewheeling extra-time rout, but the fact remains that several of their players are at the end of a long season that included a Euro 2020 semi-final.
Spain perhaps edge this based on their squad on paper but Japan are determined hosts and have conceded just one goal so far.
Having made every Olympic Games since Atlanta 1996, the Samurai Blue are no strangers to this tournament – but victory here would assure them of a best-ever finish, no matter what happens in the final.
They previously came in fourth at London 2012 – and in the evergreen Maya Yoshida, a veteran of three Olympics, they have a captain who will be determined to drive them on to make history.
Storylines for Japan vs. Spain
Japan: Hajime Moriyasu’s men have been defensively sound but failed to score for the first time against New Zealand. Takefusa Kubo has scored in all but one of the four outings so far and could be key against the Spanish next week. Spain have conceded in two of four games so far and the Japanese will be confident that they can make life difficult for Luis de la Fuente’s side.
Spain: Pulled away in extra time against Ivory Coast, but there remains a sense that this Spanish outing is not delivering the way that it could. Fatigue is rife in the squad and must be considered, but that does not change the fact that they were seconds away from elimination against Les Elephants and drew two of three group games. Dani Olmo finally came to the fore in the quarterfinals while Mikel Oyarzabal has chipped in with important goals and Rafa Mir’s hat-trick could have breathed new life into their Olympic hopes.