Marco Asensio started for Spain on the right wing in their 1-1 draw with Argentina, assuring their progress to the Quarter Finals of the Olympics.
Luis de la Fuente maintained the 4-3-3 formation utilized throughout the tournament, but pushed Mikel Oyarzabal into a false 9 role, freeing the right flank and providing an opportunity for Asensio to start. After being dropped in the second match vs Australia, Asensio came on as a substitute against the Kangaroo’s and provided the game-winning assist to give Spain their first victory and three crucial points.
In today’s match vs Argentina, Asensio was fairly active throughout the game, but it was Spain’s left side with Marc Cucurella and Dani Olmo that caused the most danger to Argentina. The two aforementioned names provided both the dynamism and technique to dominate their flank. Asensio contributed with two key passes in the match. One of those passes, slipped Mikel Oyarzabal in for a dangerous 1 v 1 opportunity, but the shot drifted wide. In the 76th minute, Rafa Mir fed Asensio for a shot inside the box, but Asensio’s strike missed the target. It was his best opportunity of the game.
Jesus Vallejo made a late substitute appearance in this match, playing the final six minutes to help close out the draw and prevent any late goals.
Spain’s next match will be the Quarter Final on Saturday, July 31st against the Ivory Coast.