Fans congratulate Tottenham Hotspur new boy Bryan Gil after Spain win the silver medal at 2020 Tokyo Olympics
The Spanish winger signed for Spurs last month in a deal that saw Erik Lamela leave N17 after 8 years at the club. The Lilywhites paid €25million on top of that for the Sevilla winger who spent last season out on loan at SD Eibar.
Olympics football isn’t as valued as the FIFA World Cup or even the UEFA Euros, which becomes evident by the competition’s allowance of only three players over the age of 23.
Nevertheless, a medal in that event still carries priceless value for the citizens of that country. And La Roja guaranteed their place on the podium when they beat Japan in the semi-finals.
Gil gets silver
Before that, they had overcome Cote d’Ivoire in the quarters and were fairly impressive in the group stages. But Brazil were never going to be pushovers, and ultimately deserved the 2-1 win in the final against Luis de la Fuente’s men.
The game went into extra time and was decided by a goal from Zenit Saint Petersburg’s Malcom in the 108th minute. Richarlison had earlier missed a penalty for Brazil in regular time but that went on to matter for very little.
This was the third successive Olympic final for the Selecao and their second consecutive gold medal. As for Spain and Gil, it was heartbreak.
But a silver medal is no small feat and Gil, who came on for the second half in the final and struck the post with a thunderous effort, was seen posing happily for the cameras after the full-time whistle.
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And Spurs fans were there on Twitter to support the youngster, with excitement building around the young winger as the new season approaches. Here are some of the best reactions:
Still my starboy
— AU (@_23au) August 7, 2021
Rigged in my book gil deserved gold
— Tottenham Tiers (@thfc_cho) August 7, 2021
Clear of Kane
— Alex (@xAlexTHFC) August 7, 2021