EG-U23 vs SP-U23: A prominent Spain Under-23s squad will get their Olympic Games Group C campaign underway on Thursday, as they go head to head against Egypt Under-23s in Sapporo.
Spain has only participated in three Olympic football competitions since memorably claiming gold on home soil in 1992. They have returned to the podium just once following their crowning as champions in Barcelona – receiving the silver medal as runners-up at Sydney 2000.
Before getting their campaign underway, Spain U23 matched up against Japan U23 for a friendly warmup game. However, the match ended in a 1-1 draw. The Spanish side looks strong with six-star players who featured frequently last month; Eric Garcia, Dani Olmo, Mikel Oyarzabal, Pau Torres, goalkeeper Unai Simon, and undoubtedly, Barcelona’s prodigious playmaker Pedri.
Egypt has found it tough to go past the quarter-final stages despite making it to the 15 previous Olympic Games. The Pharaohs have, though, recently won the African Under-23 Championships to make it this far.
They also claimed the prized scalp of a strong Brazil Under-23s side last November, coming from behind to win the match 2-1. Following that, they beat South Africa last month by a 3-0 margin.
It will be a battle among two of the greatest teams at the Olympics and a price at stake for both teams.
Match: Egypt U23 vs Spain U23
Date & Time: 22nd July 2021, 1:00 PM IST
Venue: Sapporo Dome
EG-U23 vs SP-U23 Predicted Playing XI
Egypt: Karim El Eraki, Ahmed Hegazi, Osama Galal, Karim Fouad, Akram Tawfik, Ammar Hamdi, Nasser Maher, Ramadan Sobhi, Salah Mohsen, Nasser Mansi, Mohamed El Shenawy(GK)
Spain: Oscar Mingueza, Pau Torres, Eric Garcia, Marc Cucurella, Mikel Merino, Pedri Gonzalez, Dani Ceballos, Dani Olmo, Rafa Mir, Marco Asensio, Unai Simon(GK)
EG-U23 vs SP-U23 Dream11 Team Prediction
Goalkeeper: Mohamed El Shenawy
Defenders: Oscar Mingueza, Pau Torres, Eric Garcia, Marc Cucurella, Ahmed Hegazi
Midfielders: Dani Ceballos (captain), Dani Olmo, Akram Tawfik, Ramadan Sobhi
Striker: Marco Asensio (vice-captain)