Real Madrid’s Asensio Scores A Banger In The 115th Minute To Send Spain Into The Finals

Published 08/03/2021, 11:40 AM EDT


After a thrilling semi-final between Spain and Japan, Spain was able to make its way to the finals with Asensio scoring the winning goal at the Summer Olympic Games!

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Marco Asensio Willemsen is the winger and attacking midfielder of the Spanish club Real Madrid and the Spain national team. After signing with Mallorca, he signed with Real Madrid in November 2014. Simultaneously, he was loaned to his former club as well as Espanyol.

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He decides the matches, applies his skills with quality and put his experiences to use. No wonder he gives the Spanish team an edge over others.
Asensio’s talent is beyond question! There ought to be reasons behind his selection for this tournament- one of them was to successfully encounter situations like the whole audience witnessed in Saitama on Tuesday.

Asensio steps up when Spain needed him most

Scoring a goal at the 115th minute, Marco Asensio denied the host, Japan, their first men’s Olympic games football final. The Real Madrid forward appeared, looked up, and saw the slightest of gaps to shoot into. He did so, and the ball flew into the back of the net, with it securing Spain’s place in the showpiece final against Brazil in Yokohama. Consequently, the Spaniards will face Brazil in the gold medal match on Sunday in an attempt to win their second over men’s Olympic football gold.
Nevertheless, a very impressive effort from Japan. Also, it is important to consider the number of members of Spain’s squad who have been capped by their senior team and played at this summer’s Euros. Furthermore, they’ll indeed have the chance to play for the bronze medal on Friday.

How did Brazil make it to the final?

Apparently, Brazil’s route to the final was tougher. Drawing a contrast between the two teams, it’s evident that they were taken to penalties by Mexico following a 0-0 draw after 120 minutes.

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The Seleccao ended up winning the shootout 4-1 thanks to successful spot-kicks from Dani Alves, Gabriel Martinelli , Bruno Guimares and Reinier advanced to their second successive Olympics final in the process.

It all comes down to the ultimate battle between these two nations! The finals will take place at 11.30am (BST) on Saturday, August 7, at the International Stadium in Yokohama.

Both Brazil and Spain are aspiring to feat the gold medal for the second time in their respective histories. Reflecting upon their historical record, La Roja had won the 1992 tournament, whereas the Selecao were triumphant in 2016.

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Stay tuned to find out the ultimate champion of Tokyo, 2020.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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