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Spanish footballers disappoint in their Tokyo Olympic debut

Rafa Mir regrets a missed scoring opportunity.
Rafa Mir regrets a missed scoring opportunity. / REUTERS
  • De la Fuente's squad drew 0-0 with Egypt in a match that did not bode well for the rest of the competition

The Spanish football team did not have a good debut at the Olympics on Thursday. They drew 0-0 with Egypt in a match that does not invite optimism for the rest of the competition.

Spain kicked off with a starting eleven that included players like Pedri, Pau Torres and Marco Asensio. But they could not find a way to overcome the tenacious Egyptians.

That is precisely why Rafa Mir's missed header at the end, possibly the best chance of the game, was such a pity.

Injuries added to the negative news of the day. Both Dani Ceballos and Óscar Mingueza were forced to retire, and their absence caused Spain to lose some momentum, even though they still dominated the match.

Against five defenders, coach De la Fuente had chosen to play without a pure striker. And the truth is that it worked well in the beginning. But it was of no use.

Whether it was from the left or the right, Spain simply were unable to score.

In the second half, physical fatigue was clear and De la Fuente introduced changes. Rafa Mir, Bryan Gil and Carlos Soler were brought on.

And it was precisely Gil who passed Mir the ball for the aforementioned failed header.

Despite the disappointing result, the quality of Spain's players suggests they will advance in the competition without too many problems. Of course, another stumble could complicate the situation.

Physical improvements are needed if the squad want to stay in the running for a medal.