Spain keeps Japan from pulling in football warm-ups

Tokyo, July 17 (IANS) The Spanish football team tied for the Olympics drew its only warm-up match 1-1 against Japan this Saturday.

The Spanish players had to work hard for a draw after falling behind to Ritsu Doan’s thumping shot that flashed past Unai Simon shortly before the break, reports Xinhua.

But the entrance to FC Barcelona’s Pedro González López, known as Pedri, shortly before the hour breathed a little freshness into the Spanish side, and he helped create the equalizer in the 77th minute, when Carlos Soler got a vital touch on his shot after good work by Oscar Mingueza.

Spain started the game well with Dani Olmo and Marcos Asensio looking lively, but neither they nor Rafa Mir opened the scoring, and as the half went on, the Japanese easily entered the game, with their strikers looking to find a place behind the Spanish backs. .

Take Kubo helped set up Doan after good work on the left as Spain began to lose control.

The Spaniards seemed to respond after the break, but it was only when Pedri came into play that they began to besiege the Japanese territory, and Solers goals set them up before they started their Olympic campaign on Thursday.



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