The team led by Luis de la Fuente got off to a good start, dominating possession and assets in the recovery after loss, although without generating great chances of danger
Pedri’s entry into the final stretch revived the Spanish Olympic football team, which managed to avoid defeat against Japan, in the only preparation match before the start of the Tokyo Olympics, on July 22, which calibrated the physical state and charged all the players with minutes except for the third goalkeeper, Ivan Villar.
Ritsu Doan, at m.42, overtook the Japanese team in which he shone Take kubo. Carlos Soler at m.78, achieved the tie.
Spain accused the climatic conditions of heat and humidity of Japan. Something normal since they could only do a full performance training in Japan before and faced a local team accustomed to the environmental demands of their country and facing their second friendly.
The team that leads Luis de la Fuente He started well, dominating possession and assets in the recovery after loss but without generating great chances of danger. Kosei tani he only had to intervene in a shot at the first boat of Rafa mir who went to the middle, at m.15, and in an exit to reduce space to Dani Ceballos in an attempt to dive that went to the side of the net a minute later.
And the Spanish coach saw the downturn coming for his team. At m.19 he already accentuated the encouragement and motivation on his own with more than 4,909 spectators as witnesses in the Noevier Styadium, although in five days in the debut no public is allowed.
The break for hydration half an hour into the game ended up changing the sign of the match. Japan he grew up and was able to have more ball. Two notices, of Itakura head to the exit from a corner and Endo with his left foot, protecting the ball well from his back to Mingueza, which narrowly left high.
And the third came the local goal in the 42nd minute. Ritsu doan, player of the PSV Dutchman, proved to be on a roll. To his double against Honduras he added a great goal from the edge of the area. Left-handed shot straight into the squad, after Takefusa Kubo won a duel at Martin Zubimendi, before which nothing could do Unai Simon.
After the break, and with 11 changes allowed, Luis de la Fuente began to give minutes to the rest of the players who make up the Olympic call. And, beyond the result, prove a doubt that handles in the system for the debut. Playing with a pure forward like Rafa Mir or with a false ‘9’, entering Mikel Oyarzabal, as in the European Under-21 who gave the ticket to Tokyo 2020, acting in said demarcation.
Spain he regained command of the party, but it continued to be difficult for him to generate opportunities of real danger. And almost that the equalizer was found unintentionally Carlos Soler. Juan Miranda rushed the baseline already at m.78, put the pass back for a Javi puado who shot, the ball brushed against the Valencia midfielder before hitting the post and entering the goal.
For this moment Pedri I was already on the field. He jumped on the grass ten minutes earlier instead of Dani ceballos. The team noticed.
Goal with a touch of luck, but that serves, even if it is a friendly, to calm the criticism that could arise. From being favorites to gold to falling in the group stage for the public opinion, it takes very little. But it’s just a friendly in which Luis de la Fuente He was able to test things in the face of real fire, on July 22 in the debut against Egypt.
1.- Japan: Tani; Sakai, Tomiyasu, Yoshida, Itakura, Hatate; Soma (Nakayama, m.78), Endo, Doan, Kubo (Veda, m.66); Hayashi.
1.- Spain: Unai Simon (Álvaro Fernández, m.79); Óscar Gil, Mingueza (Eric García, m.55), Pau Torres, Miranda (Cucurella, m.79); Zubimendi (Moncayola, m.46), Mikel Merino (Carlos Soler, m.56); Asensio (Puado, m.68), Ceballos (Pedri, m.68), Dani Olmo (Bryan Gil, m.56) and Rafa Mir (Oyarzabal, m.46).
Goals: 1-0, min.42: Ritsu Doan. 1-1, min.78: Carlos Soler.
Referee: Jumpei Ilda (JAP) admonished Seko (m.65) by Japan and Moncayola (m.90 + 2) and Óscar Gil (m90 + 3) by Spain.
Incidents: Friendly match in preparation for the Olympic Games played at the Noevier Styadium in Kobe. 4,909 spectators in the stands due to coronavirus restrictions.