La Rojita will want to reach the final fourth Olympics if they face Les Elephants at Miyagi Stadium in the last eight.
Spain will continue to play a first semi-final at the Olympics for two decades when they face the match Ivory Coast in the quarterfinals for the men’s tournament in Rifu in Tokyo 2020.
La Rojita reached Group C with an unbeaten run to reach the last eight, but will have to overcome Les Elephants, who kept Brazil level and eliminated Germany in Group D.
Before the match, Purpose contains the details on how to watch the men’s soccer tournament on tv, how to stream online, team news and more.
TV channel, live stream and how to watch
In the United States (US) this year’s Olympic football matches can be watched live and on demand fuboTV (watch with a free 7-day trial).
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Team news and schedules
|Goalkeepers||Simon, Fernandez, Villar|
|Defenders||Mingueza, Cucurella, Torres, Vallejo, Garcia, Oscar Gil, Miranda|
|Midfielders||Zubimendi, Merino *, Ceballos *, Soler, Moncayola, Pedri, Puado, Bryan Gil|
|Forwards||Asensio *, Mir, Oyarzabal, Olmo|
After the Group C series thanks to a draw against Argentina, Luis’s la Fuente’s team will be delighted to avoid Brazil in the last eight, but La Rojita will have no illusions that they want an easy ride in Miyagi Stadium do not take.
As a number of players doubled in Euro 2020 before leaving for Japan, fears of burnout could still blow their minds to Spain – but with such talents as Pedri and Ferran Torres delivering the goods, they may have enough left in the tank have to pick up a medal finish.
Predicted Spain starts XI: Simon; O Gil, Garcia, Torres, Cucurella; Merino, Zubimendi, Pedri; Asensio, Oyarzabal, Olmo.
|Position||Ivory Coast Grid|
|Goalkeepers||Nagoli, band, band|
|Defenders||Gnaka, Bailly *, Dabila, I Diallo, Singo, Ouattara, Kouao|
|Midfielders||Ek Doumbia, Kessie *, Kouassi, Timite|
|Forwards||Dao, A Diallo, Kouame, Keita, Bayo, Gradel *, A Doumbia|
A goalless draw with the Selecao, followed by a 1-1 draw with Germany to eliminate the Europeans in their final Group D match, saw Soualiho Haidara’s side with their best Olympic final ever, just by to reach the quarterfinals, an achievement they also carved on Beijing 2008.
More than a decade later, they could have booked a first semi-final ever if they could have aggravated the odds in Rifu – but they will need their stars, such as Franck Kessie and Manchester United duo Eric Bailly and Amad Diallo, to really step up to the board.
Predicted Ivory Coast begins XI: Tape; Singo, Bailly, Dabila; Ek Diallo; A Diallo, Keita, Kouame, Kessie; Gradel, Dao.
|Spain results||Ivory Coast results|
|Spain 1-1 Argentina (July 28)||Germany 1-1 Ivory Coast (28 Jul)|
|Australia 0-1 Spain (July 25)||Brazil 0-0 Ivory Coast (July 25)|
|Egypt 0-0 Spain (July 22)||Ivory Coast 2-1 Saudi Arabia (July 22)|