MX-U23 vs JP-U23: Mexico was facing the defending champions Brazil at the Ibaraki Kashima stadium, and it was all set to be one of the most difficult encounters, considering both the teams being in great form.
The first half was a rather disappointing one with no attempts at glory, keeping the score at nil-nil. However, the second half looked aggressive with both the teams putting their all in, to take the lead. With no team’s scoring, the match went into extra time.
After no results yet being out with extra time, the match was forced into penalties. Brazil redid the heroics from the 2016 Rio Olympics and successfully won this shoot out by a 4-1 margin and secured a shot at the Olympic Gold.
Japan on the other hand faced Spain in their Semi-Final encounter. The second semi-final proved to be similar to the first one with both the halves ending in a nil-nil situation.
In the end, an astonishing finish in the final minutes of extra time by Spain’s Marco Asensio, kicked out Japan at their home turf while making all their hopes for a Gold go down the drain.
Match: Mexico U23 vs Japan U23
Date & Time: 6th August 2021, 4:30 PM IST
Venue: Saitama Stadium
MX-U23 vs JP-U23 Predicted Playing XI
Mexico Under 23
Johan Vasquez, Alberto Angulo, Vladimir Lorona, Cesar Montes, Carlos Rodriguez, Sebastian Cordova, Luis Romo, Diego Lainez, Henry Martin, Alexis Vega, Guillermo Ochoa(GK)
Japan Under 23
Maya Yoshida, Reo Hatate, Hiroki Sakai, Ko Itakura, Wataru Endo, Ao Tanaka, Ritsu Doan, Takefusa Kubo, Kaoru Mitoma, Ayase Ueda, Kosei Tani(GK)
MX-U23 vs JP-U23 Dream11 Team Prediction
Goalkeeper: Guillermo Ochoa
Defenders: Vladimir Lorona, Cesar Montes, Maya Yoshida, Hiroki Sakai
Midfielders: Luis Romo, Ao Tanaka, Takefusa Kubo (captain)
Striker: Alexis Vega, Ritsu Doan (vice-captain), Henry Martin