August 3, 2021

Football, Olympics: goal from Kessie, equal to Spain. France knockout 4-1

The Rossoneri midfielder immediately scored on his debut in the men’s soccer tournament at the Tokyo Games. The Blues get 4 from Mexico. Ok New Zealand

From our correspondent Riccardo Crivelli

Disruptive. There is immediately Franck Kessie’s mark on the Olympic football tournament. The President, not at all disturbed by the stalled negotiation for the renewal of the contract with Milan, drags the Ivory Coast to victory over Saudi Arabia in the opening match of Group D, a vitally important 2-1 in an iron group which also includes Germany and Brazil.

THE MATCH

After a balanced first half, marked by the resounding own goal of the Arab Alamri and by the nice equalizer by Al Dawsari with a sharp end from the outside, in the second half the Rossoneri midfielder took the chair. Used as an attacking midfielder, but in reality the true soul of the team and ready to fall back at every restart of the opponents, Kessie lit up the scene in a minute between 66 ‘and 67’. First he hit the crossbar with a right-footed volley on a bad disengagement of the Saudi defense and then he decided the game with a spectacular goal: right hook to the limit on smooth opponent, turned on himself and with a lightning shot from left to cross, unstoppable . Generous and proactive, he even got a yellow card in the 75th minute for a retreating foul. The Singo grenade also performed well, solid and attentive from the fourth left of the Ivorian defensive line.

SPAIN AND FRANCE

Spain did not break through (group C), despite having six veterans from the European Championship in the team, including starlet Dani Olmo. Against Egypt, perched in a 5-4-1 only defensive, De La Fuente’s team stops at Ceballos’s post in the 28th minute of the first half and the sensational goal ball of central Vallejo in recovery, wasted in a two-way slide meters from the goal, and can complain about Fotouh’s failure to send off in the 20 ‘of the first half, hammering foot on Mingueza, then forced to go out for Vallejo. Heavy fall of France with Mexico (group A), which as usual is exalted in the Olympic climate (gold in 2012): a day to forget for the central Milan player Kalulu, whose error at 10 ‘of the second half propitiates the Mexican restart for the 2-0 goal of Cordova.

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