The Games of the XXXII Olympiad (Tokyo 2020) men's football tournament semi-finals took place on Tuesday 3 August. At Saitama Stadium 2002 the U-24 Japan National Team faced the U-24 Spain National Team.
Heading into the semi-finals, over-age player SAKAI Hiroki (Urawa Red Diamonds) described their opponent as “a well organised team with great individual talent. They are the top candidate to win the gold medal.”
With TOMIYASU Takehiro (Bologna FC 1909) suspended for this match, ITAKURA Kou (Manchester City) started as the centre-back, with NAKAYAMA Yuta (PEC Zwolle) and HATATE Reo (Kawasaki Frontale) playing as the left full-back and left midfielder respectively. Facing one of the tournament favourites, coach MORIYASU Hajime sent off the players by telling them, “Let’s play tenaciously and showcase our resilience.” .....
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