Spain look to avoid Ivory Coast upset

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2020 Summer Olympic Games 

Football Tournament


Spain U23 v Ivory Coast U23 

Miyagi Stadium
Rifu, Japan
Saturday, 31 July 2021
Kick-off is at 10h00 CAT
Spain U23 will square off with Ivory Coast U23 in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Football Tournament quarter-final match on July 31.
The Young Red Fury booked their place in the knockout phase after finishing at the top of Group C which included Egypt, Argentina ad Australia.
They collected five points from three matches - winning one game and drawing two matches and it was enough to earn them the top spot.
Spain ended a successful Group C campaign with a 1-1 draw with Argentina in a game that was played on July 28.

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Luis de la Fuente, the Spain U23 coach, said he was optimistic his side will continue to improve as the tournament progresses following their clash against Argentina. 
"We are at the peak of what we have experienced so far, but we will continue to improve and in the next game we will be better," De La Fuente said. 
"I don't see a limit to this team; it improves every day; they compete and give us lessons in quality and values. That makes me optimistic the best is yet to come." 
Franck Kessie of Ivory Coast
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Meanwhile, Ivory Coast sneaked into the knockout phase after finishing second in Group D which included Germany, Brazil, and Saudi Arabia.
The Young Elephants were undefeated in the group stage - winning one game and drawing two matches and they advanced to the last eight.
They managed to hold Germany to a 1-1 in their final Group D encounter that was played on July 28.
This will be the first-ever meeting between Spain and Ivory Coast at the Olympic Games. 

Head-to-Head (Across all competitions)

Matches: 0
Spain U23: 0
Ivory Coast: 0
Draws: 0

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Published: 07/29/2021