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Spain scrape into last 16 with Argentina draw

Spain managed to progress to the knockout phase of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in football with a 1-1 draw in their final group game against Argentina.

Luis de la Fuente‘s side ended up conceding a late equaliser due to a defensive error but the result was enough to see them scrape through.

The best chance of the first half fell to Mikel Oyarzabal, who went through one-on-one with the goalkeeper and selfishly ignored a square pass to Mikel Merino thinking that he was offside, and spurned the opportunity.

Spain were persistent and, in the second period, made the breakthrough courtesy of Merino. Marco Asensio picked out the Real Sociedad man with a fine cross, and Merino took care of the finish on 66 minutes.

La Roja dominated from that point on and didn’t look like they’d be pegged back. That was until the 87th minute when Tomas Belmonte found himself all alone in the box from a corner to head in a leveller for the Albiceleste.

In the end, the result was sufficient, although De la Fuente will not have been pleased at the way his side conceded.

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