Spain captain Mikel Oyarzabal‘s late winner will make sure the Olyroos’ hopes of qualifying for the quarterfinals of the males’s Olympic soccer match come right down to their last match in opposition to Egypt.
The Actual Sociedad ahead, one among six gamers from Spain’s Euro squad to begin the Group C conflict at Sapporo Dome, nodded residence the one purpose of the match within the 81st minute to safe a 1-0 win.
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The strike ended a courageous Australian resistance in opposition to the star-studded Spaniards and leaves the group broad open heading into Wednesday’s conflict with Egypt.
Graham Arnold’s males, who surprised Argentina of their match opener on Thursday, sit second within the group behind Spain after two matches.
Argentina are third however have an inferior purpose distinction to Australia following their 1-0 win over Egypt earlier on Sunday.
It means Australia will attain the final eight if they’ll match or higher Argentina’s consequence in opposition to Spain once they face the last-placed Egyptians.
Arnold caught with the identical beginning XI that beat the South Individuals and regardless of solely have 30% possession within the opening half, Oyarzabal’s shot that rattled the crossbar within the twenty first minute was as shut as Spain got here to a breakthrough.
Simply when Australia began to dream of a securing an important draw and placing one foot within the final eight, 24-year-old Oyarzabal popped as much as break the Olyroos’ hearts.
“I am very pleased with the efficiency and the gamers,” Arnold stated. “They put in a improbable effort in opposition to clearly an excellent soccer nation and workforce in Spain however I assumed we did exceptionally properly.
“We’re sitting right here immediately with qualification in our personal fingers. So it is all as much as us.”
Arnold will probably be with out Mitch Duke. Riley McGree and Nathaniel Atkinson for the Egpyt match attributable to suspension in any case three obtained their second yellow card of the match in opposition to Spain.
“We have depth. We have contemporary gamers able to go,” Arnold stated. “OK, three gamers are suspended, however they are going to be prepared for the quarter-finals.”