The opening ceremony is still more than 24 hours away, but the Olympics have started. Soccer is one of the games to have kicked off early to accommodate a more complete tournament. Today, the Japanese will take on European and World champions Spain, although not with quite the same roster.
Olympic rules allow only three players over 23 to be included in the squad, and veterans such as Xavi, Xabi Alonso and Andres Iniesta will not be playing tonight. You can see detailed preview and rosters of Spain against Japan here.
Despite Spain’s weakened squad, they have a lot of talent to challenge for medals. The Spanish will go in as favorites, and it is up to Japan to show their mettle. Let us look at things that the Japanese must do, or at least try to do, to pull off an upset.
And even a draw will surely be an upset, seeing Spain’s recent dominance of world soccer.