Argentina draw 1-1 vs. Spain, eliminated from Tokyo Olympics on goal difference


Argentina drew 1-1 vs. Spain in their last group stage match and are eliminated on goal difference.

Fernando Batista knew that his team would need to score in order to have any chance of qualifying for the next round. However, it was made that much more difficult after Spain took a deserving lead.

The first half ended 0-0 with Spain having been the better team and their goal would have half way into the second half. A well played team goal as a cross inside the penalty area found and a pass in from there found an unmarked Moreno who scored from close range.

With four minutes left, Argentina were awarded a corner kick and it was Belmonte who scored the equalizer which gave Argentina a life line. Ultimately, the team would get eliminated as Egypt managed a 2-0 win vs. Australia as the top two finished Spain and Egypt.

This was the starting XI set out by Batista:

Jeremías Ledesma
Marcelo Herrera
Nehuén Pérez
Facundo Medina
Claudio Bravo
Tomás Belmonte
Fausto Vera
Agustín Urzi
Alexis Mac Allister
Esequiel Barco
Adolfo Gaich



  1. A positive way to look at this fiasco. Spain had 6 starting players from Euro where they were semi finalist. Even from a U23 standpoint – ours was a B team at best in terms of player quality.( Lautaro , Palacios, Dominguez, Lisandro, Romero, Ascacibar, Montiel, J Alvarez, Nico Gonzalez , Senesi, Balerdi & 2 wasted overage spots ( Copa discards like Dybala/ Ocampos/ Icardi)) . So a fair analysis is we played above our potential & still troubled the Spaniards .

    Next Stop – waiting to see Gallardo beat Brazilians repeatedly in CL knockout.

    • Even without the like of Lautaro, Romero, J Alvarez… who are now NT players, this U23 side is still B team at best. Girotti, Paradela, Alex Vigo (River), Zeballos, Obando, Almendra (Boca), Velasco (Independiente) would all walk into this team.

    • Right, as disappointing as it is I do not think it is a perfect representation of our u23 talent. What matters more is that our players get good moves in clubs

  2. The friendly match against Japan should be a “wake up call” for Batista, he should evaluate and realized how important to include the overage players into the team. Gaich looks like a linesman today, just walking, standing and without any contribution at all, no creativity and good shots. A poor selections and lack of well preparation cost us; only 1-2 players have the future in the senior team

  3. First game ..we lost that bcoz of underestimating opponent Australia..
    Both spain and Egypt beat Australia but we can’t..even we are unbeaten against two qualified teams in our group..
    That first game loss cost us Olympic..

  4. Spain were among the favorites….not sure about that now.
    We’ll look back at that Australia match and see where the complacency were

    • somehow Ortega red cards kill us in tournaments😢 ( 1998 & now this one ). With an off color Gaich & Macclister we were way below in quality & would not have gone far ( maybe Quaterfinals ).I was atleast hoping to see some top show from Barco,Almada , De La Vega ,Vera,Gaich which will beef their Europe transfer plans . Not much of that also except Almada’s cameo against Spain.

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