Spain U23 – Ivory Coast U23 | 31/07/2021 Olympics Games.

Spain Under-23s go up against Ivory Coast Under-23s in the quarter-final of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Saturday at the Miyagi Stadium. Both sides earned five points in the group stages which was enough to see Spain top Group C, while Ivory Coast finished second in Group D.

Luis de la Fuente’s side started their Olympics campaign this summer with a goalless draw against Egypt, despite dominating possession and registering five shots on target. Another dominant performance against Australia in the second round of fixtures brought Spain their first win in the group stages, after Mikel Oyarzabal’s strike late on at the Sapporo Dome.

Spain needed to avoid defeat against Argentina in the final fixture of the group stages to guarantee their place in the knockout rounds, and the young Spaniards survived a late scare after Tomas Belmonte equalised for Argentina to come away with a point from that game. De la Fuente’s side have averaged 70% possession across the three group matches, the highest amount of any other team at the Olympics, and it has helped Spain limit their opposition to very few chances on Unai Simon’s goal.

After not qualifying for the 2004, 2008 and 2016 Olympics, Spain have surpassed their most recent best in this competition when they were eliminated at the group stages in London 2012, but this squad will have their sights set on emulating the 1992 squad who won gold at their home tournament.

Ivory Coast missed out on top spot to Brazil in Group D by two points, having managed one win and two draws in the first week of the Olympics. Soualiho Haidara’s side started their Tokyo tournament well with a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia, thanks to an own goal from Abdulelah Al-Amri and a strike from Franck Kessie in the second half. Their second game of the group stages came against Brazil when they could not capitalise on being one player up for 66 minutes after Douglas Luiz was shown a straight red card for Brazil.

The two sides became even again in terms of how many players they had on the pitch when Ivory Coast’s Eboue Kouassi was given his marching orders after receiving his second yellow card, and the game ended all square. Ivory Coast avoided a third consecutive match with a red card in their final match in Group D against Germany, which ended in a 1-1 draw after Germany’s Eduard Lowen cancelled out Ivory Coast’s opener via a Benjamin Henrichs’s own goal.

 

Date: 31/07/2021
Time: 11:00
Venue: Miyagi Stadium (Miyagi)
Pick for this match:
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