Brazil 2 - 1 Spain [AET]
Brazil beat Spain after extra time in the Olympic final of the Men's Football to take the ultimate prize of the gold medal at Tokyo 2020 despite Everton's Richarlison having missed a penalty.
Brazil are the reigning Olympic Champions after their success in Rio 2016. Spain last won when they were hosts in Barcelona 1992. Brazil could become only the fifth nation to successfully defend the Olympics men's football title when they kick-off against Spain at the International Stadium Yokohama on Saturday evening, local time.
Despite an inconsistent season at Goodison Park, Richarlison has turned on some of his best form in Tokyo, playing in the national shirt of his beloved Brazil. He became the first Premier League player to score a hat-trick at the Olympic Games, in the group game against Germany.
The Everton striker followed that with an excellent pair of goals against Saudi Arabia, putting him at the top of the scoring charts heading into the final.
In an interview with Fifa.com, he said: “I never imagined myself getting a tattoo but, if Brazil win Olympic gold, I am definitely getting one. I would simply have to commemorate the moment. It would mean so much to go down in history.”
The games is live on Europort and Discovery+ in the UK from 12:30 BST.
Richarlison, however, produced a dreadful penalty miss on 38 minutes. Cunha put Brazil ahead but Spain equalized on 61 minutes through Oyarzabal to take the game into extra time when Malcomcame through with the vital winning goal for Brazil.
Brazil: Santos; Alves, Nino, D Carlos, Arana; Antony, Guimaraes, Luiz, Claudinho; Richarlison, Cunha
Spain: Simon; Gil, Torres, Garcia, Cucurella; Zubimendi, Pedri, Merino; Asensio, Oyarzabal, Olmo
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1 Posted 07/08/2021 at 10:55:23
2 Posted 07/08/2021 at 11:23:53
3 Posted 07/08/2021 at 12:38:10
4 Posted 07/08/2021 at 12:40:52
5 Posted 07/08/2021 at 12:42:19
6 Posted 07/08/2021 at 13:05:14
7 Posted 07/08/2021 at 13:12:29
8 Posted 07/08/2021 at 13:12:45
9 Posted 07/08/2021 at 13:26:28
10 Posted 07/08/2021 at 13:39:39
11 Posted 07/08/2021 at 13:59:42
Richarlison owes them here.
12 Posted 07/08/2021 at 14:28:50
13 Posted 07/08/2021 at 14:53:00
14 Posted 07/08/2021 at 15:10:37
15 Posted 07/08/2021 at 15:12:02
16 Posted 07/08/2021 at 15:38:59
17 Posted 07/08/2021 at 16:11:23
18 Posted 07/08/2021 at 16:36:40
Richarlison is actually the fourth Everton player to win an Olympic gold medal, he follows in the footsteps of Harold Hardman 1908, Arthur Berry 1912, and Daniel Amokachi 1996.
19 Posted 07/08/2021 at 16:46:32
20 Posted 07/08/2021 at 16:47:46
You'd have stumped just about everyone I know with that little gem
I think I'll impress everyone by pulling that one out of the bag next time I'm out.
21 Posted 07/08/2021 at 16:53:27
John Senior; fascinating insight. Extra Guiness for you Sir!!
22 Posted 07/08/2021 at 17:12:09
Darren , you do know that I expect to meet up with you at the ToffeeWeb get-together on September 18th, don't you?
Hi Danny , an extra bottle of Guinness sounds like an excellent idea, as long as you're paying.
23 Posted 07/08/2021 at 17:19:01
Richarlison was lively. So was that ball he skied on the penalty kick. Yikes.
Keeper made a nice save off a Richarlison shot, deflecting the ball onto the cross-bar.
Congrats to Brazil. Hurry back, Richarlison.
24 Posted 07/08/2021 at 17:20:39
If I had to guess, I'd say he never started, simply because he looked faster and stronger in his running than everyone else, during the extra time period that I watched.
25 Posted 07/08/2021 at 17:32:20
26 Posted 07/08/2021 at 17:34:20
27 Posted 07/08/2021 at 18:06:55
Malcom came on at the start of extra time.
Pleased for Richarlison to get an Olympic Gold, a great achievement. I'll be a hundred times more pleased if he has a great season for Everton and bangs in 15+.
28 Posted 07/08/2021 at 18:17:00
I think his summer has been better spent than joining up with the squad for pre-season – whether he stays or not. Well done to him.
29 Posted 07/08/2021 at 19:43:04
30 Posted 07/08/2021 at 20:00:31
31 Posted 08/08/2021 at 04:07:13
He's 24 and should never have gone to the Olympics, the Copa America should have been enough.
Sell him for what we can get and buy someone who wants to put his full energy into our club.
32 Posted 08/08/2021 at 04:27:05
Or it could be that he'll come back inspired by his national team accomplishments and grateful for Everton allowing him the chance, eager to translate his newfound confidence into club success.
And you guys haven't the slightest idea which.
33 Posted 08/08/2021 at 11:49:41
34 Posted 08/08/2021 at 12:25:14
35 Posted 08/08/2021 at 12:42:44
Mike and Dave, I predict Richarlison will return smiling, joking, no longer diving and ready to become a legend! (With us!!!)
36 Posted 08/08/2021 at 13:59:45
I hope you are right, I wouldn't bet on it myself. Brazil is everything to Richarlison and Everton come second best, at the most.
37 Posted 08/08/2021 at 14:35:00
"This Olympic tournament has answered some questions about Richarlison – is he any good? (Answer: sometimes); what, exactly does he do? (Answer: stuff) – and also left them hanging."
He works his socks off, but composure in the penalty area is a big handicap for a striker who has aspirations to join a European super club.
Also in "The Observer" this morning, The Esk's very fair and honest assessment of our prospects in the coming season. He sees us finishing in mid-table and is waiting to see how Benitez performs and what the fans' reactions might be.
38 Posted 08/08/2021 at 15:00:18
39 Posted 08/08/2021 at 15:34:53
"Or it could be that he'll come back inspired by his national team accomplishments and grateful for Everton allowing him the chance, eager to translate his newfound confidence into club success."
Now, now Mike.
Rick - (37) - 3 paragraphs of Everton player/team being put down. Which part(s) did you "love"?
40 Posted 08/08/2021 at 16:25:20
41 Posted 08/08/2021 at 16:43:52
Not one interested in transfer rumours and speculation I tend to post less on TW during summer recess. Unless commenting on actual sport (the Euros, Copa America and this, the Olympics football), or if a discussion interests me.
Too engrossed in the final yesterday to comment on here, then domestic weekend life got in the way.
Watching live cricket with Lancashire and England (NOT the 100) and the Olympics has almost been a full time (and thoroughly enjoyable) job in recent weeks also.
Scanning through this thread and the Utd-Everton match day thread there isn't a lot to engage with TBH.
On Richarlison and Brazil, as someone vehemently opposed to him playing both the Copa America AND the Olympics on the back of the last 18 months of Covid-impacted football, he and Brazil have had an excellent Olympics.
Last season was, IMO, his poorest in an Everton shirt since joining us. He had moments of brilliance, but nowhere near to the levels of consistency and excellence he has previously shown he is capable of.
How many times did we see his close control let him down and the ball bounce away from him? Hands-down running taking on a forlorn shot, rather than playing in a better-placed colleague?
Well, in those things he has been superb in Tokyo - far better than he played in the Copa America.
He got his way to compete at the Olympics. He got his way to claim the iconical #10 Brazilian shirt. He got his way to play the central forward role for Brazil. He achieved his stated ambition to win gold and be the games' leading goal scorer. Along with the 38-year-old Dani Alves (now an incredible 42 career titles), Richy was clearly a team leader for Brazil.
His hold up play, his ball retention under pressure at close quarters, his clever drawing in of defenders and neat lay offs to freed up supporting players, even his defensive work in often being the one with the clearing header. All were top drawer.
Would I have him on penalty duty? No. DCL all day long for me.
Did he miss 'a sitter' yesterday as I've seen claimed on here? Did he bollocks!
He made a great run from the half way line which begged for the Brazilian wing man on the ball to play it to him just inside the penalty area. He took one touch to take control of the ball on the angle. He took another touch - foot on the ball to stop it completely - which wrong-footed and took the covering defender out of the game. He had Spain's #1 keeper Simon rushing out to beyond the 6-yard box to cut down Richarlison's shooting angles and he STILL got off a powerful shot through the keeper who was a very lucky boy with the ball somehow bouncing up BEHIND the keeper and hitting the bar.
Some sitter that. There was no chance. Richy created one.
He was in great form on the medal podium. FIFA president Infantino presented the medals. Richy's words to him when taking his medal?
'Next year it will be in Qatar, baldie!'
Laughing about it in a post-match interview, he said he couldn't remember Infantino's name so called him 'careca'.
He also said they partied all night and although he would like a rest, he is going directly to England as requested by Everton.
ZERO speculation on where he will be playing his footy this season, as much as the Brazilian media always wants to see its main men at the mega-clubs.
Believe me. If this season Richy plays to the levels he achieved at the Olympics, with the game awareness and maturity he displayed, Blues everywhere will have a lot to be happy about.
42 Posted 08/08/2021 at 17:25:41
Good to know you're still kicking and the family are all good.
I haven't watched the game yet but it's good to get that feedback.
I can't understand why people find so much to criticize about Richarlison. He is a major goal threat; even when he is not having a great game, he really puts a shift in.
If only we had 11 others like him.
43 Posted 08/08/2021 at 17:44:21
But yes, Dave, of course Brazil comes before Everton for Richarlison, as national team comes before club for most players. What English fans and commentators don't ever seem to recognize is that the "club before country" philosophy is pretty much exclusive to Britain.
I can tell you that for players on this side of the Atlantic, the idea of putting club before country is just plain ridiculous. Particularly in the Latin American nations, where nationalistic passion for football is often core to daily life.
Only players involved in disputes with their national associations, as Messi and Leon Bailey and Carlos Vela once were, would even consider declining a national team callup to stay with their clubs.
44 Posted 08/08/2021 at 20:28:22
45 Posted 08/08/2021 at 20:37:32
In London, there is much more of a lean towards the national team than I remember there being in Liverpool.
Anyway, pleased for the lad. He is passionate about playing for his country and this clearly means a lot to him. We have to remember, he's not from Speke or County Road. He's not a sentimental Everton fool like me, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Everton is a job for him. I hope he comes back and does it well this season.
46 Posted 08/08/2021 at 21:02:05
You might be right, he may well come back with a smile on his face and give us some decent games.
There is one thing though I'm sure of, he will at some point in the coming season pay for the whole previous season and those two tournaments in a row. I don't know when he'll slump, but he will!
Let's wait and see what kind of a contribution he makes over the entire season, he now has a good excuse for any future poor performances.
47 Posted 08/08/2021 at 21:21:50
How come it was only when Robson was injured and Wilkins sent off did England start performing in Mexico 86 when Stevens, Stephens and Reid came into the team?
More often than not, when one of ours was selected, they came back injured and, in more recent years, the younger stars have "had their heads turned".
So it has never been to our advantage or our credit and that is why we are club before country. Take the slating of Pickford who was probably our player of the Euros.
And add all into this – I would rather no Evertonian follow England abroad. That way, we can hold our head up high and say that we are not part of the yobbish set of supporters that makes a lot of us ashamed of the national team.
48 Posted 08/08/2021 at 21:43:41
Mike (43) you are correct I dont understand a player, any player, who puts country before club in playing football, most especially when that club is paying them the fabulous wages they are on now. Even if he comes back immediately he will need time to rest. Everton will suffer the consequences of this player being allowed to play in two tournaments during this summer when even one might have been too much.
49 Posted 08/08/2021 at 22:05:49
Playing for Real, Barca and others of that stature is a bit different because it allows them to follow in the footsteps of Ronaldinho and Ronaldo etc (ie, their own boyhood heroes). Outside of that, playing international football gives them a chance to fulfil dreams and be with others far from home.
Bit different for UK players but even then players like Rooney have had long, distinguished careers and retired since Everton last won anything. No-one under 40 will consider us a big club – which means anyone playing now unless a died-in-the-wool Evertonian, will view us as a stepping stone.
50 Posted 08/08/2021 at 22:41:55
This was an unusual Olympics for obvious reasons and one consequence of the 12-month delay was that the rules were relaxed for the age qualification for players which (apart from allowing for a couple of over aged players - Brazil's Dani Alves at 38 being an extreme example) is normally limited to Under-23 players only.
They extended that age limit to make it an Under-24 tournament rather than unfairly punish players who would have legitimately qualified as Under-23 players a year ago. Indeed, Richarlison himself is a benefactor of this one-off rule change.
Personally, I enjoyed the Olympics football more than I did the Copa America which was very stale.
Spain, Brazil's opponents in the final, put out a very strong squad, including 6 from the Euros. Three of those were in the starting XI on Saturday: Simone the keeper, Man City's Eric Garcia, and that wonderful midfielder that caught your eye at the Euros, Olmo.
But no, the standard, whilst good, was not equal to the Premier League. But equally Richarlison had a very good tournament. Genuinely one of the standout players, even without his goals.
His workload will need to be managed and, even though his Olympics foray was a success, I remain opposed to allowing any player to play two summer tournaments, all the more so in these Covid-hit times.
ps: A teaser for you, Dave, one that's gone under the radar. What's the name of the other Everton first teamer who also appeared for his national team at this year's Olympics?
51 Posted 08/08/2021 at 22:54:55
Richarlison has faded in the second half of most of his professional seasons, whether or not he was active internationally in the summer. That's why squad rotation up front is so important. Everybody needs rest to get through a season.
Money is great, no doubt all these guys love being paid millions to do something they love. But there's a special passion and pride that comes from playing for your country that no amount of money can buy (and, IMO, no English fan can possibly comprehend).
Did you happen to see Dani Alves after the Brazil game? Tears pouring down his face. This is the world's winningest footballer ever, 44 trophies, but with all his league titles and cups and Uefas and Con Cups and Gold Cups, he had never won a world title for his country. Now he has. And he was deeply emotional in a way that nothing he ever won for Barca or Sevilla or PSG could generate.
52 Posted 08/08/2021 at 23:00:58
53 Posted 08/08/2021 at 23:22:34
54 Posted 09/08/2021 at 06:19:27
And apart from representing your country it could be lining up a TV commentator's job when retired from playing, club ambassador and do they still do after dinner speaking?
55 Posted 09/08/2021 at 06:22:24
56 Posted 09/08/2021 at 06:50:37
57 Posted 09/08/2021 at 07:37:43
Maybe some club will come and bid £100M for him soon?
58 Posted 09/08/2021 at 08:10:05
It's his job. It was his choice to go to these competitions so tell me, is playing football as hard as digging ditches? I don't think so as I have done both and I did both of them at the same time and I dug ditches all day and trained 4 nights a week.
What I'm saying is, if his form drops, it won't be from tiredness. It will be from his form has just dropped, as it does for all players at times, or he is just sulking, as he is apt to do.
59 Posted 09/08/2021 at 08:16:17
Here's a clue.
60 Posted 09/08/2021 at 08:53:48
61 Posted 09/08/2021 at 09:09:47
62 Posted 09/08/2021 at 09:12:53
63 Posted 09/08/2021 at 09:17:24
THE BLUES before even the mighty (Lol) Brazil.
Please sell the sulky fuck!.
64 Posted 09/08/2021 at 09:52:00
Strange the ones who are complaining about him playing in the Olympics are his biggest critics when playing in a blue shirt. Yes it would have been better if he could have had a rest but he wanted to play and we should not hold that against him.
65 Posted 09/08/2021 at 10:03:14
66 Posted 09/08/2021 at 10:07:31
Phil @47, that's a fair point and probably why I've always felt the England thing was always owned by London and the south east with pockets of support, like in the West Midlands where my wife comes from.
I can't qualify it, so this is only going off many a bar conversation with former Scottish colleagues, but apparently the Scotland support predominantly comes from around the nation rather than the 2 Glasgow teams. I know it's got roots in sectarianism, which is not good, but I do have Glaswegian Celtic friends who follow the Republic of Ireland and Rangers ones who prefer England over Scotland. We are a confused country!
The Wembley thing is important in shaping it though. I didn't support the call to build the new national stadium in Birmingham when it was muted decades ago on the basis it being a more central location.
Probably because I experienced it as a young kid, but I think had we followed the German model, there would be more buy in nationally to the national team. They don't have a home stadium and rotate the games. They take Germany to the Germans, not just the Berliners because it's the capital. And don't forget, this is a country of 16 States, each with their own history, culture and parliaments. But they all unify behind the national team. I suppose 4 World Cups and 3 Euros plus countless runners up appearances help whip up support!!
We argue about having 4 "states" and then there is the English regional internal divisions. I done a quick look, the German national team has played in over 40 different German cities over the years. England should have adopted that years ago in my opinion. Cue debate about a UK / GB team!!
67 Posted 09/08/2021 at 10:08:43
You say them other crowd refused to allow Salah to compete in the Olympics. That's exactly the point: they don't have another apparent yes-man as manager who is obviously just glad to have a job near home, no doubt with an obscene salary like the ones before him.
Gutless club top to bottom. Common denominator! You guessed it. That teary eyed twat total curse on us.
68 Posted 09/08/2021 at 10:14:37
69 Posted 09/08/2021 at 11:12:08
I've said it before but I hope he's had the decency to forego that salary for the period he'll be unavailable to actually earn it. Forlorn hope, I know!
70 Posted 09/08/2021 at 11:40:07
If he's in Brazil, then any idea as to when or if he reports back for training?
71 Posted 09/08/2021 at 11:44:25
If you're Martin Nicholls or Danny O'Neill, lifelong Everton fan from Liverpool, I'd agree with you.
If you're Richarlison de Andrade who grew up in Brasil, a country where the footballing obsession is their national team, then maybe not.
I've worked for several employers, including HM Government. I've been loyal, been treated well and paid well (more recently, not by the Government!!). But my loyalties wouldn't be to an employer just because of that. Not when they can lay you off, dismiss you, or in the case of footballers, sell them against their will sometimes as they deem necessary.
We may all baulk at the wages modern footballers are on, but that's not their fault. It's the supply and demand nature of the business. And I hate calling it a business, but it is. The lad has worked incredibly hard on top of the talent he was blessed with to get where he has. That wasn't because of Everton. He doesn't owe Everton anything other than performing for us - that's a different discussion!!
He's from a different country and a different culture. Everton is his current employer, so as long as he does his job, I'm okay with him being loyal to his country.
Flipping the argument, I wonder how much of a retention exercise this has been allowing him to go? We'll miss him for a couple of games maybe, but hopefully there will be some mutual respect given back on the basis not many clubs would have done this.
But then this is football 2021!!
72 Posted 09/08/2021 at 11:59:37
As for players being sold against their will? Oh how I wish, when it comes to the likes of Delph, Iwobi, Tosun etc etc!
73 Posted 09/08/2021 at 12:06:17
The Olympics are over and he has another game at the weekend and, allowing for jet lag, should at least be on the bench as he has already been training with Brazil.
Everton were pretty toothless against Man Utd and way too friendly but I expect a much better display against the Saints, nothing less.
74 Posted 09/08/2021 at 12:41:10
75 Posted 09/08/2021 at 13:26:28
Played the full group game for France in a 4-3 win over South Africa. Yellow carded.
On Richy's likely return to England, based on his own live words Sunday morning as the team boarded the bus to leave for the airport, I expect he is already back in the UK.
'I would like a rest and to visit and see my family in Brazil, which I've only done once in 18 months, but Everton has asked me to return and that's where I'm going. '
That will probably be the case with all European based Brazilians in the squad, getting dropped off in Europe. Brazil had a perfect 50-50 split in their squad. Half made up of domestic based players, the other half overseas based.
76 Posted 09/08/2021 at 13:37:26
Hope to see more of him next season. He's got a job on his hands with Digne in front, mind. Europa League football would have been good for him.
77 Posted 09/08/2021 at 13:47:27
With me age might come into it and being loyal to the firm that pays my wages, I always earned my wages, did my job to the best of my ability, on one job there was a list out of people getting their comics and P45, it was a case of first in last out, I was on the list although I was one of the first to start on that particular job, I was elected to be the Stewards mate on the site so was considered to be a naughty boy by the bosses, even though, blowing my own trumpet, I was a good worker and good at my job.
I was told, along with a few others, I would be no longer needed on the Monday, and worked right through the week the same as I had for the previous two years doing my job, no bother, but was never employed again by that firm, blacklisted for being a union man, still earned my wages that last week I was there, a long winded story to say loyalty to the firm comes before loyalty elsewhere, ironic that the firm never showed any loyalty to me!!
78 Posted 09/08/2021 at 14:28:29
I guess one way of looking at it, Dave, is that they see playing for their club as a job and playing for their country as an honour and/or a privilege.
I fucked up the YouTube link clue, by the way.
And I see there's a whisper Brighton may be interested in replacing Ben White with Mason Holgate.
79 Posted 09/08/2021 at 15:33:13
And they've got £50M burning a hole so we could even give them a choice. Had they been a bit quicker, they could even have taken a promising youngster on loan.
80 Posted 09/08/2021 at 15:44:11
81 Posted 09/08/2021 at 15:53:24
82 Posted 09/08/2021 at 17:08:16
Quick tell Colin somebody!
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