Brazil have won the Olympic Gold Medal for men’s football after defeating Spain by a scoreline of 2-1 in extra time. All three available Real Madrid players featured in the match with Marco Asensio as a starter for Spain and Reinier Jesus as well as Jesus Vallejo entering the field as substitutions in extra time.
The match took shape as many would have expected, Spain controlled the ball and looked for open seams in the Brazil defense. The Canary and Blue were more vertical and direct in their play, looking to release Antony, Richarldson, and Claudinho on the counter attack. Asensio started on the right wing for Spain after scoring the game-winning goal in the semi-final vs Japan. His performance had little to note aside from one reverse cross which found Oyarzabal in the box — leading to a dangerous opportunity for Dani Olmo. Asensio only had 25 touches and was substituted at half time for Bryan Gil. Asensio’s performances in the Olympics has left a lot to be desired — he never truly imposed himself in any match and will go home with one positive memory; the goal against Japan.
After 90 minutes, the two teams could not be separated, with a 1-1 scoreline leading to extra time. Jesus Vallejo entered the match at right back for Oscar Gil, while Reinier Jesus was a substitute with Malcom on the wings. Ultimately, Jesus Vallejo would wear the goat horns. The Spain captain was made to look clumsy and burned for pace by Malcom, before the Brazilian scored the game-winner from a tight angle. The career lowlights have been on repeat for poor Jesus Vallejo. He has been forced to plug in at right back during the whole of the Olympic tournament and has never looked comfortable in that position.
Reinier Jesus had very little involvement after entering the match. He was present during the game winning goal as he made a run to be available for a potential cut-back, but Malcom did not need the support. The Brazilian will not be bothered by his lack of touches as he now goes home an Olympic Champion.
Reinier Jesus will now return to Germany and start the Bundesliga season with Borussia Dortmund under new coach Marco Rose while Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio, and Jesus Vallejo will return to Madrid under the orders of new boss Carlo Ancelotti.