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FULL TIME - Japan 0-1 Spain

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A late extra time goal from Marco Asensio denies hosts Japan their first men's Olympic games football final, while Spain will face Brazil in the gold medal match on Sunday in a bid to win their second over men's Olympic football gold.
Still a very impressive effort from Japan, especially considering how many members of Spain's squad have been capped by their senior team and played at this summer's Euros, and they'll have the chance to play for the bronze medal on Friday.

120' - Japan 0-1 Spain

Japan have a half-chance with captain Yoshida thrust up front as a makeshift striker and they almost get caught on the break as a consequence, but Puado decides to walk the ball into the corner and run down the clock instead. Is it all over for Japan?

118' - Sub for Japan

Daiki Hashioka is on for Ao Tanaka in a last roll of the dice for Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu.

116' - GOAL!! Japan 0-1 Spain

A simple pass finds Asensio in the box with his back to goal and in two touches he turns and shoots majestically curling a shot into the top left corner. Japan only have a few minutes to equalise!

111' - Japan 0-0 Spain

Multiple shots blocked for Japan! Miyoshi's free-kick is a menacing one and Spain just can't seem to get the ball out of their box until they finally hack it away.

110' - Japan 0-0 Spain

Vallejo catches Soma after being wrongfooted by his change of pace and it results in both a yellow card for him and a free-kick for Japan from a dangerous position.

108' - Japan 0-0 Spain

Both teams don't look like scoring at all. Soler scoops a shot over the bar from outside the box after some impressive passing around the midfield.

106' - Sub for Spain

As the second half of extra time begins, Real Betis left-back Juan Miranda comes on for Marc Cucurella, who has been constantly involved down that left hand side.

HT of ET - Japan 0-0 Spain

Still goalless. Could we be set for another penalty shootout? It seems inevitable as the pace of the game gradually slows but Spain are still showing plenty of attacking intent.

105' - Japan 0-0 Spain

Slick passing from Spain to work the ball out to Cucurella on the left, who's had a lot of time on the ball today, but he doesn't generate enough power on his cross, so Mir's header into Tani's hands is quite weak.

100' - Japan 0-0 Spain

Yuki Soma of Japan

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97' - Sub for Spain

Osasuna midfielder Jon Moncayola replaces Martin Zubimendi at the base of the Spanish midfield.

96' - Japan 0-0 Spain

Yoshida has been marvellous in defence for Japan today, really leading by example! He heads out Asensio's cross then marshals his defence brilliantly to let the move coming from the corner go out for a goal kick.

91' - Japan 0-0 Spain

The Samurai Blues sub on Daizen Maeda and Koji Miyoshi for Ritsu Doan and Tafekusa Kubo to give their attack some added impetus.

FULL TIME - Japan 0-0 Spain

So it's extra time again today! Let's see how this goes...

90+1' - Spain denied again! Japan 0-0 Spain

Asensio clips it in to the box, it's headed down for Oyarzabal and once more Tani responds with an important stop!

88' - TWO BIG SAVES FROM TANI! Japan 0-0 Spain

Back to back chances for Spain. Firstly Zubimendi shoots into the hands of Tani then moments later Mir has his shot saved from a narrow angle, oblivious to the fact Puado's wide open in the middle of the area!

86' - Japan 0-0 Spain

Spain are really piling on the pressure late on with a multitude of corners. Soler's cross evades everyone before ending up with Cucurella on the opposite side. His own cross is out for a corner.

83' - Sub for Spain

Marcos Asensio, who was possibly carrying a minor injury coming into this game, is subbed in for Pedri in a last roll of a dice for Spain before extra time.

78' - Japan 0-0 Spain

Kubo shimmies to his left and takes aim at the near post from inside the box, but Simon is equal to it! Big chance for Japan.

76' - Japan 0-0 Spain

The ball trickles through to an outstretched Mir whose shot is parried by Tani in the Japan goal.

70' - Japan 0-0 Spain

Puado has a shot deflected into the side netting. Japan are really digging in here and defending so deep. How long can they hold out for?

69' - Japan 0-0 Spain

Driving run from Soler to weave his way through multiple defenders before being stopped in his tracks in the box. He's brought lots of positivity and energy to this Spain team since coming on though!

65' - Double sub for Japan

It's the hosts turn now to do a double substitution, taking off Daichi Hayashi and Reo Hatate for Ayase Ueda and Yuki Soma.

62' - Handball?

Spain appeal for a penalty again, this time claiming one of the Japan defenders handled the ball, but the referee insists it's just a corner.

59' - Double change for Spain

While Japan are yet to make a substitution themselves, Spain manager Luis de la Fuente proceeds to make his team's second and third, bringing on Espanyol forward Javi Puado for Dani Olmo and Valencia's Carlos Soler for Mikel Merino in midfield.

57' - IT'S BEEN OVERTURNED!

After a couple minutes of checking VAR, Spain no longer have a penalty and Yoshida's had his yellow card rescinded too! Can that spur more attacking intent from the two teams though?

55' - PENALTY TO SPAIN!

Cucurella sends in a cross, the ball deflects into the path of Merino and he appears to be brought down unfairly by Yoshida. However, replays suggest that Merino was fairly tackled and that he caused himself to fall over by accidentally kicking Yoshida after being fairly tackled.

50' - Japan 0-0 Spain

46' - Spain make half-time sub

Perhaps due to the fact he was on a yellow card, Spain bring off Oscar Gil for Jesus Vallejo, who's on Real Madrid's books but spent last season on loan at Granada.

HALF TIME - Japan 0-0 Spain

Just like the Mexico-Brazil semi-final before it, it's nil-nil at half-time in Saitama. The game is very much being played in a similar manner too, with Spain dominating possession and Japan mainly posing a threat on the counter. Mir has been rewarded with his first start of the tournament for Spain after scoring an extra-time hattrick off the bench against Ivory Coast in the previous round, but

43' - Japan 0-0 Spain

Doan and Kubo link up masterfully on the right flank before the latter wins a corner by forcing a clearance from Gil.

39' - Best chance so far? Japan 0-0 Spain

A swift move from Spain gets the ball from centre-back Torres to their central striker Mir in just two passes, but his first-time attempt is saved brilliantly by Tani!

34' - Japan 0-0 Spain

Kubo, who plays his club football in Spain and scored in all three of his group stage matches, cuts inside but can't get his shot past the defenders.

33' - Japan 0-0 Spain

Spain craftily work a short corner into the box but there's not enough space for Olmo to turn and Japan eventually hack it away.

31' - Japan 0-0 Spain

Deep cross from Pedri finds Gil who's lunge for the ball tees up Oyarzabal, but the attacker lashes it over. Spain are heating up again...

28' - Japan 0-0 Spain

Good footwork from the Spain captain, Merino on his way to finding Cucurella. The Getafe defender crosses it to Mir who's unable to do much while sandwiched between two Japan defenders though.

21' - Japan 0-0 Spain

Japan are starting to keep the ball better now, balancing the game slightly and taking the sting out of Spain's initial momentum.

15' - Japan 0-0 Spain

Spain, perhaps uncharacteristically so, lob the ball over the top to Mir who's through on goal but his touch is very poor, allowing the ball to roll into the goalkeeper's hands.

14' - Japan 0-0 Spain

Japan advance forward and Doan tries to poke the ball through to Tanaka but it's too short.

13' - Japan 0-0 Spain

Oscar Gil picks up a yellow for a lunge on Endo.

11' - Japan 0-0 Spain

You'd hope Barcelona give him as much holiday as he wants and needs once the Olympic football tournament is over. Talk about burnout!

10' - Japan 0-0 Spain

It's been an attacking start from Spain showing lots of intent! Merino receives the ball amidst a sea of bodies in the box and his shot is blocked.

1' - Japan 0-0 Spain

Semi-final up and running! Let's find out who will be playing against Brazil in the gold medal match.

As for the hosts Japan...

Here's how Spain line-up today...

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