Mikel Oyarzabal ends 21 years of pain for Spain at the Olympics, defending champion Brazil is held by Ivory Coast and 10-man Germany scores late victory over Saudi Arabia…all the latest on men’s football in Tokyo 2020
- The Spaniards top Group C after Mikel Oyarzabal’s winner against Australia
- Brazilian Douglas Luiz was sent off against Ivory Coast just after 13 minutes
- Ivorian midfielder Eboue Kouassi was also sacked in the goalless draw
- Felix Uduokhai scored the winner for 10 man Germany after the red of Amos Pieper
Mikel Oyarzabal ended Spain’s 21-year wait for a goal and a win in Olympic football by taking a 1-0 win over Australia on Sunday.
Oyarzabal headed in the winner in the 81st minute, sending Spain to the top of Group C for Wednesday’s game against Argentina.
It is the last important goal for the 24-year-old striker of Real Sociedad. He scored the winner in the postponed 2020 Copa del Rey final, which took place in April. He also scored the decisive penalty in the shootout victory that Spain secured in the quarter-finals over Switzerland at the European Championship three weeks ago. Spain lost to Italy in the semifinals.
Spanish winger Mikel Oyarzabal celebrates after giving his side the lead against Australia
Spain, the 1992 Olympic champions, last won a match at the Olympics when they won the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Games. They could only play one draw and scored no goal at the 2012 London Olympics. .
Brazil played the majority of the game with 10 men and held the Ivory Coast to a 0-0 draw in their penultimate group D match on Sunday.
Brazil is the defending Olympic champion after winning on home soil at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. But the Brazilians were at a disadvantage early on when Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz was sent off in the 13th minute.
Douglas Luiz can’t hide his disappointment after being sent off against Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast midfielder Eboue Kouassi was ejected in the 79th. Both Luiz and Kouassi will not be able to play in their teams’ final group matches.
The Brazilians defeated Germany 4-2 in their Group D opener with Everton forward Richarlison scoring a hat-trick. Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie scored the winner in his team’s opening 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia.
Brazilian captain Dani Alves is the oldest player in the tournament at 38, which consists of teams under 23 on the men’s side and coaches who are allowed to bring three older players.
Felix Uduokhai celebrates after scoring the winner for Germany against Saudi Arabia
Meanwhile, in the other Group D match, Germany defeated Saudi Arabia 3-2, the Germans took the lead via Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Nadiem Amiri, but the Saudis tied the score via Sami Al-Najei.
Germany regained the lead shortly before half-time thanks to Ragnar Ache’s strike, but Al-Najei’s second of the game restored parity.
The Germans were then reduced to 10 men after Amos Pieper shot down Al-Najei with the Al-Nassr midfielder on target.
However, Felix Uduokhai headed home after an inch of perfect cross from Max Kruse to seal a crucial win for Stefan Kuntz’s side.