Argentina U23 faces Australia U23 in round 1 of the Olympic Games. The match will be played on Thursday, July 22nd at Sapporo Dome (Sapporo)
Argentina reached the Olympic Games thanks to promotion to the final of Copa America among under-23 football teams (by the way, Albiceleste lost 0-3 to Brazil there). This is already the 9th start of the Argentinean national under-23 team at the Olympics. It became the 4th team in the history of the Olympics, which managed to make a double. It won gold medals in 2004 in Greece and in 2008 in China. The coach Batista brought a quite solid roster to the upcoming tournament. Yes, there are many players from the local championship, but there are also legionnaires from Famalicao, Vizela, Brighton, Cadiz, Lens, Atletico Madrid, and Russian CSKA and Spartak.
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There are legionnaires in the Australian team either, but most of them play in England and often not even in the Premier League. The Australian national under-23 football team took 3rd place in the Asian Championship, thanks to which they will represent their country at the Olympic football tournament. This will be the 8th participation of the Australian team at the Olympics. The Australians cannot boast of especially high results, but it is worth noticing the advancement to the semifinals of the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and the 4th place taken as a result.
One cannot say that Australia is an obvious outsider of the tournament, as there are much weaker teams here, but it cannot be attributed to the favorites not only at the Olympics but even in its own group. In addition to Argentina, there is also Spain, and Egypt is not a gift either. On top of that, the Argentines are unlikely to lose points in the upcoming game. Their roster is much more powerful, and the game is organized well. The opponents twice crossed paths at the Olympics, but it is clear that none of those footballers play football now. Nevertheless, their results will give some psychological confidence, and those two matches were won by Argentina with a 1-0 score. We'll see what the score will be this time, but the South Americans will most likely earn three points again.
Prediction for the match: Argentina U23 to win