SP-U23 vs IC-U23: Spain Under 23s will trade tackles against Ivory Coast Under 23s for the quarter-final of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics football competition. The match will take place at the Miyagi Stadium.
Both the sides bagged five points each in their group stage games, which were enough to see Spain top Group C, while the Ivory Coast finished second in Group D.
In their last group stage encounter, Spain was up against Argentina. The first half wasn’t eventful and was a rather silent one, with both the teams at nil-nil. As the match progressed, Spain’s Mikel Merino scored a beautiful goal in the 66th minute to keep Spain on top of things.
However, Argentina’s Tomas Belmonte evened the score out to 1-1 with his scorcher in the 87th minute. The match ended in a draw with points being shared.
Ivory Coast was too involved in a 1-1 draw in their final group stage game against Germany. After a disappointing first half, Ivory Coast got a goal on the board courtesy of Benjamin Henrichs’ own goal. However, minutes later, Germany’s Eduard Loewen scored to make it 1-1.
It’ll be an exciting encounter with Spain emerging as the favorite to upset Ivory Coast.
Match: Spain Under 23s vs Ivory Coast Under 23s
Date & Time: 31st July 2021, 1:30 PM IST
Venue: Miyagi Stadium
SP-U23 vs IC-U23 Predicted Playing XI
Marc Cucurella, Pau Torres, Eric Garcia, Oscar Gil, Pedri Gonzalez, Martin Zubimendi, Mikel Merino, Dani Olmo, Mikel Oyarzabal, Marco Asensio, Unai Simon(GK)
Ivory Coast Under23
Ismael Diallo, Kouadio Dabila, Eric Bailly, Wilfried Singo, Kader Keita, Kouassi Eboue, Max Gradel, Franck Kessie, Cristian Kouame, Youssouf Dao, Tape Ira Eliezer(GK)
SP-U23 vs IC-U23 Dream11 Team Prediction
Goalkeeper: Tape Ira Eliezer
Defenders: Marc Cucurella, Pau Torres, Eric Garcia, Eric Bailly
Midfielders: Mikel Merino (vice-captain), Dani Olmo (captain), Pedri Gonzalez, Max Gradel, Franck Kessie
Striker: Marco Asensio