W Pedri stumbled upon a challenge and swept inside to hit Dani Ceballos, who crushed a long-range effort from the crossbar, we got a first glimpse of the tathe 18-year-old's slow in Tokyo against Egypt. Only 16 days later Exit from Spain of Euro 2020 , in which he was named young player of the tournament, Pedri was back on the pitch at the Olympics for his 66th game in 322 days.
The Spanish soccer federation swept aside protests from Barcelona and club manager Ronald Koeman over the inclusion of their young talents in the squad Luis de la Fuente for Japan - in stark contrast to the absence of Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah, who was not released by Liverpool - reflects his intention to enter the Games.
Spain won gold in 1992 at the Barcelona Games by beating the Poland 3-2 in the final. The team won silver in Sydney 2000 after losing toCameroon on penalties, but has not reached a final since.
Pedri is one of the six members of Euro 2020 Spanish. team in Tokyo. Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simon also started every game, and Real Sociedad striker Mikel Oyarzabal scored the last goal at Spain 's thrilling 5-3 loss to Croatia . Pedri teammate Eric Garcia, Pau Torres de Villarreal and RB Leipzig striker Dani Olmo were also present.
It 's all well and good for Barcelona to pleading for the rest for Pedri but they too had fed on his seemingly insatiable desire to play and fielded him 52 times in 2020-21 season.
The Tenerife-born talent found himself the target of Egyptian attention in Sapp's dome on Thursdayoro, with Akram Tawfik and Emam Ashour keeping a close eye on him, limiting his time on the ball in the first half and prompting him to play higher in the second.
However, if the grueling 3,526 minutes he played for Barcelona and 14 games for Spain, including three consecutive Euro extra time games, had grown tired of not playing it. see. Pedri's movement and vision seemed sharper than ever as he moved away from his markers and he supplied the energy to Spain's two half-chances of the frustrating scoreless draw on the 'northernmost Japanese island.
With Australia and then Argentina, Spain will be disappointed not to have opened with three points. Unlike the women's tournament, where three groups rather than four mean two thirds progress, only the top two teams from each section enter the men's knockout phase.
The sight of Ceballos, the captain, bounding around the perimeter, soars, at the end of the first half, with Spain having already withdrawn Óscar Mingueza with what looked like an injury thigh, will have cooled the atmosphere further. The bonding game between Ceballos and Pedri had been a highlight before his ankle injury.
In the added time, Pedri was denied the opportunity to steal a victory and the headlines as his half-volley at the edge of the box was blocked by the body of Egyptian captain Ahmed Hegazi.
There is no doubt that the midfielder is more than capable of coping with the wait. What is not clear is whether his body can last the duration of another grueling campaign not only unscathed, but still at the level we have become accustomed to.There is pressure on Spain to prove their inclusion was justified and after the draw sort in Sapporo there is pressure on Pedri and the team before the next two games.