Egypt vs Spain LIVE: Stream, TV channel, team news for Olympic Football clash in Sapporo
GOOD MORNING FROM SAPPORO
Welcome to our live coverage of the group stage match between Spain and Egypt in the 2020 Olympics at the Sapporo Dome.
The men’s football tournament kicks off a day before Friday’s opening ceremony in Tokyo, which will officially commence the Olympic Games in Japan after a year’s delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Spain manager Luis de la Fuente has been fortunate enough to call up six players who made the semi-finals of Euro 2020 just a month earlier.
Those are Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simon, Barcelona star Pedri, former Manchester City ace Eric Garcia, who now plays for Barca, Villarreal defender Pau Torres, Real Sociedad’s Mikel Oyarzabal and RB Leipzig player Dani Olmo.
De la Fuente has also included some other familiar faces, such as Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio, Wolves’ Rafa Mir and Dani Ceballos, who spent the last two seasons on loan at Arsenal before returning to Real.
Egypt boss Shawky Gharieb, on the other side, was unable to include Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah, even though the national hero expressed a desire to represent his country.
Premier League fans may struggle to recognise a raft of players within the Pharaohs’ squad but there is at least one they know.
And that is the team’s captain Ahmed Hegazi, who spent four years at West Brom and now plays for Al-Ittihad, ever since his exit from the Hawthorns last year