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‘Good job’ – Amad happy with scoreless draw v Brazil at Olympics

Although they were reduced to 10 men for most of the match, Brazil held on against the Ivory Coast for a 0-0 draw on Sunday in the group stage of the men’s Olympic football tournament.

Manchester United starlet Amad already has an assist to his name at the Olympics (v Saudi Arabia) but today he was unable to unlock Brazil’s stern defence. But the Brazilians were at a disadvantage early on when Douglas Luiz was sent off in the 13th minute.

The Aston Villa star hardly made any contact with the Ivory Coast player and it was a really bad call. To make matters equal on the field of play, Ivory Coast midfielder Eboue Kouassi was sent off with over 10 minutes of normal time remaining.

Brazil’s defence consisted of Dani Alves – formerly of Barcelona – aged 38 at a tournament full of U23s. It gives them added advantage not because he’s played at the top throughout his career but knowing how to grind out results when it matters.

Both countries won their opening matches at the tournament this summer, so that helps you understand why Amad and his teammates were happy with the result.

Eric Bailly was a standout performer in defence.

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