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Brazil’s Under-23 side featuring Richarlison play Spain U23 in the Olympics football final today. The two sides have taken different paths to get here, with the knowledge that just ninety (or more) minutes separates them from making history.
The Everton forward has been very passionate about his intention to play in the Olympic Games for his nation, and was fortunate that the International Olympic Committee relaxed the Under-23 restriction (plus three over-age players) to Under-24 since the games were moved back a year.
Richarlison started the tournament at a tear grabbing a hat-trick against Germany in the first half hour of their first game, but has cooled off a bit since. His workrate remains unchallenged however, even after playing in every game of the Copa America and now in the heat of Tokyo’s summer, and Rafa Benitez will be rightly concerned that the player doesn’t burn himself out even before he shows up at Goodison Park for the new season.
He leads the Golden Boot race with five goals, and will be looking to bag another (or more) to ensure that he can mark a personal achievement to go along with a gold medal should they defeat a pragmatic Spanish side that struggled to score in all but one of their games where they potted five.
Competition: Olympic Games Football Final
Date and start time: Saturday, August 7th at 4:30 a.m. PT / 7:30 a.m ET / 12:30 p.m. BST
Stadium: Nissan Stadium, Yokohama, Japan
Capacity: 72,327 [Behind closed doors]
Weather: 82°F/28°C, rain, 90% chance of precipitation, 9 mph winds
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BRASIL ESCALADO! Com Matheus Cunha recuperado, essa é a #SeleçãoOlímpica que vai em busca da medalha de ouro na decisão dos Jogos de Tóquio! Foco máximo e vamos pra cima!— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) August 7, 2021
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OFICIAL | ¡¡Tenemos el once de la @SeFutbol para la GRAN FINAL de los #JuegosOlímpicos!!— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) August 7, 2021
Estos son los hombres elegidos por Luis de la Fuente para luchar por la medalla de oro en Yokohama.
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The two teams haven’t actually played each other too many times in full internationals, with the last time they came up against each other competitively was in the 2013 Confederations Cup with Brazil emerging 3-0 winners with the home crowd urging them on.