Spain’s Olympic men’s soccer campaign got off to a rocky start after they lost two players to injury in a goalless draw with Egypt, while Mexico stunned France 4-1 as the group stage kicked off on Thursday.
The Spaniards, the last European men’s team to claim gold in 1992, arrived in Japan with a number of players from the senior team who reached the Euro 2020 semifinals this month.
But despite the wealth of options on the pitch, Spain failed to take their opportunities in front of goal against a dogged Egyptian defence in the Group C match at the Sapporo Dome.
Dani Ceballos hit the post on the half-hour mark before the Real Madrid playmaker joined full back Oscar Mingueza on the sidelines due to injuries at the end of first half.
Ceballos hobbled off following a heavy tackle from Egypt forward Taher Mohamed, while Barcelona’s Mingueza pulled up with what appeared to be a thigh injury.
Both teams will now wait and see what Group C rivals Argentina and Australia do in their upcoming encounter.