The players of Spain celebrate the goal of Merino


Spain, to the quarterfinals as leader despite their tie against Argentina (1-1)

Published:28/07/2021 - 15:07h

Updated:28/07/2021 - 15:07h

The Spanish team drew with Argentina and qualified as the group leader for the quarterfinals of the Games, where they will play against Ivory Coast. A goal from Mikel Merino gave the Spaniards an advantage, but Argentina, which was eliminated, tied at the end

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Although it could not win, Spain did not fail against Argentina and finish the phase of groups of these Olympic games like leader. The Spanish selection will be in the quarter-finals, where will confront by the expense of Ivory, thanks to a solitary goal of Mikel Merino, that advanced to the Spaniards. The Argentinians rowed contracorriente after the so much of the half in the second time, although they finish empatando by mediation of Belmonte. Unfortunately for them, the triumph of Egypt, added to this 1-1, left to the ones of Nicolás Batiste deleted of the Games.

The 'Red' was upper in general lines, but did not achieve to translate this command in too many clear occasions. In fact, Unai Simón suffered some 'fright' in the start of the duel, but the Spaniards attained to save and went to the rest with tie. Little by little, the ones of Luis de la Fuente began to dominate and to arrive with some clarity to the area of the sudamericanos and to the goal of 'Conan' Ledesma, archer of the Cádiz.

Although Spain had more command of ball and arrived more to the area, in the first time there was not big opportunities. It did not go until the second time when the selection began to warn for real to the Argentinians with clear arrivals of Dani first Elm and of Mikel Oyarzabal afterwards. Any of the two was fine in the definition, whereas Ledesma was more than hit taking out the shot of the captain of the Real Sociedad.

They say that so much it goes the cántaro to the source that at the end breaks , and in the 66 Merino did it taking advantage of a good pass of Elm that planted at the bottom of the meshes with his left leg. This 1-0 did to the 'Red' even more leader of group and caused that Argentina was out of the chambers because of the defeat and to the victory of Egypt on Australia in the another meeting of this group.

Argentina tightened, but could not win

The combined albiceleste was against the ropes and here was when it took out his character and pundonor usual. The Argentinians came up, tightened to Spain and began to arrive with much more danger and clarity. To base of push, of centres and to struggle it all, the ones of Batiste achieved to generate doubts in the Spanish defence and at the end recortó distances with a head butt of Tomás Belmonte. Unfortunately for Argentina, the reaction arrived very late and the duel finish with the 1-1, a result that leaves to the 'Red' leader and to the sudamericanos deleted.

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