Ahead of the final ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics to be held tomorrow (Sunday), the men’s soccer tournament also came to an end today in a particularly dramatic way between two soccer powers. The Brazilian national team, the reigning gold medalist from the home tournament in Rio 2016, maintained its place at the top of the podium when it defeated Spain 1: 2 after extra time.
The “Salsao” had a great opportunity to take the lead in the 38th minute thanks to a kick from the penalty spot, but Richardson kicked the penalty over the frame. The result remains zero, but not for long. In the extra time of the first half, veteran Danny Alves extracted the ball before it came out and delivered a wide delivery that reached Matthews Konya. The offensive midfielder took control of the ball with his chest and kicked into the net of Onai Simon.
The Spanish team, which had hoped to win gold for the first time since Barcelona in 1992, returned to the game in the 61st minute. Carlos Soler picked up great for the field, Mikel Oyersbal waited in the far corner and kicked from the air powerfully to the South American net. The European representative in the final almost decided the match in the 90th minute, when Brian Chail bombed the crossbar in the 89th minute. However, that was not enough and the game was dragged into overtime.
Konya, the first goal scorer, was replaced by Malcolm at the opening of overtime. In the 108th minute, the substitute’s big moment came, after he shook Hassos and Eicho and galloped all the way to the winning goal. The team that first won Olympic gold in 2016, establishes itself as the queen of the tournament with a second consecutive win, while Spain remains a little disappointed, but with a silver medal. Danny Alves, 38, is recording another magical moment in his glorious career with the 43rd degree in his career.