La Roja took on Australia in the Tokyo Olympic Games today. Spain opened their campaign with a scoreless draw against Egypt, while Australia beat Argentina 2-0 in their debut.
⚽ ¡¡¡GOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLL DE ESPAÑAAAAA!!! ¡¡¡GOOOOOOOLLLL DE MIKEL OYARZABAL!!!
— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) July 25, 2021
Spain went into the game hoping to secure a positive result ahead of a crucial final-day clash with Argentina, and took the lead heading into the final ten minutes through Mikel Oyarzabal; the Real Sociedad man was assisted by substitute Marco Asensio.
Luis de la Fuente opted for a 4-3-3 formation, with Unai Simon starting in goal behind a back four of Oscar Gil, Eric Garcia, Pau Torres and Marc Cucurella. Martin Zubimendi sat at the base of midfield, with Pedri and Carlos Soler either side of him. Oyarzabal led the line, flanked by Javi Puado and Dani Olmo.
All six players who featured for La Roja at Euro 2020 started, further evidence of the strength De La Fuente has at his disposal. Spain made it to the semi-final of Euro 2020 only to be knocked out by eventual winners Italy in a penalty shootout; they’ve been explicit in targeting the gold medal in Japan this summer.